5 May 1945
  • USS Missouri departed Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant Heinz Schäffer of U-977 decided to head for Argentina instead of returning home per President Karl Dönitz's orders. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German General Blaskowitz surrendered all German forces in the Netherlands at the Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen to Canadian General Charles Foulkes. In Denmark, the German occupation forces surrendered. In Italy, German Armeegruppe C surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese balloon bombs floated across the Pacific Ocean, landing and detonating in Oregon in the United States, killing 6. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US 11th Armored Division entered Mauthausen Concentration Camp in occupied Austria region of Germany. The Council of Jewish Elders at Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia, operating under Commandant Rahm, met with the commandant for the last time. The council was dissolved after that meeting. Later that day, Rahm fled the camp ahead of the advancing Soviet troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet Army launches a final assault in Moravia region of Czechoslovakia against what remains of German Armeegruppe Mitte. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-853 torpedoed and sank American collier Black Point Off Block Island, Rhode Island, United States, killing 12, 34 were later rescued; Black Point was the last American merchant ship to be lost in WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied aircraft conducted raids across Borneo in preparation of the Australian invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walter Krupinski was captured by the Americans. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At a meeting attended by SS-Obergruppenführer von Herff and representatives of the Gestapo and SD, Heinrich Himmler outlined his plans to establish an SS government in Schleswig-Holstein which would conduct independent peace negotiations with the western powers. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria removed Viktor Abakumov from his position as the head counterintelligence chief of Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front. Three generals were named to replace Abakumov: Colonel General Arkadii Apolonov, Lieutenant General Ivan Gorbatyuk, and Lieutenant General Fyodor Tutushkin. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Nazi German Gauleiter Karl Hanke escaped Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) via a Storch aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Austria
  • Edward Brooks accepted the surrender of the German 19th and 24th Armies in Innsbruck, Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Motoki Yamazaki was named the President of the South Manchuria Railway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • US Third Army captured Karlsbad and Pilsen in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Czech resistance leaders made a radio broadcast, asking all resistance groups in Czechoslovakia to rise up against the Germans. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Germany
  • SMERSH agents attached to Soviet 3rd Shock Army found two burned bodies in a bomb crater near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany and buried them without much thinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Guam
  • USS Marcus Island departed Guam, Mariana Islands with damaged aircraft on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The Hiro Naval Arsenal in Kure, Japan was destroyed by US B-29 Superfortress bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Yukio Araki along with the rest of the 72nd Shinbu Squadron was ordered to relocate from the current base at Heijo (now Pyongyang), Korea to Metabaru Airfield in Saga Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Netherlands
  • 400 American B-17 bombers dropped food and other supplies over the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Taiwan
  • US B-25 bombers attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1945
Private D. E. Hailey and T. M. Conway of the Australian 2/23 Infantry Battalion in their Bren gun pit on the forward slope of B Company position, Tarakan, Borneo, May 1945Dutch children stealing wood from tram tracks for use as fuel in kitchen stoves, 5 May 1945Rings left by Buchenwald concentration camp victims, 5 May 1945

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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