2 Jan 1945
  • Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, the mastermind behind the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and now in charge of Allied ports in France, was killed when his aircraft crashes on take-off at Toussus-le-Noble, becoming the fourth senior Allied leader to die in a plane crash. He was en route to a conference with General Bernard Montgomery in Brussels, Belgium. ww2dbase [Bertram Ramsay | TH]
  • In Copenhagen, Denmark, a V2 Rocket factory was destroyed by saboteurs. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 46 American B-29 bombers based near Calcutta, India attacked a railroad bridge near Bangkok, Thailand and other targets in the area. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British bombers attacked Nürnberg, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • USS Becuna sank two small vessels between Malaya and Borneo in two separate engagements with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • USS Barbero arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Barbero | CPC]
Burma Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri departed US Territory of Hawaii for Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 53 was formed this date, from Air Groups 42, 43, and 48, which were aboard. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Spot sank a Japanese trawler with her deck gun in the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Spot | CPC]
  • Dutch national Gerrit van der Waals, under employment of British SOE but nevertheless placed under arrest by the Soviets in Hungary, was transferred to another prison in Bucharest, Romania. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jan 1945
Killed German soldier in Stavelot, Belgium, 2 Jan 1945German Panzer Mark IV medium tank with three half-inch holes through the armor from M1 Bazooka anti-tank rockets, near French-German border, 2 Jan 1945. Note the wire mesh panels for defense against magnetic mines.Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (right) congratulating Victoria Cross recipient Sgt George Eardley, 2 Jan 1945. Sgt Eardley received the Victoria Cross for extreme heroism east of Overloon, Netherlands on 16 Oct 1944.

2 Jan 1945 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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