25 Jan 1945

Alaska
  • A Japanese Fu-Go balloon was detected at 28,000 feet 40 miles southwest of Shemya Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska and was shot down by USAAF fighter planes. The balloon was not recovered. ww2dbase [Shemya, Aleutian Islands | DS]
  • A Japanese Fu-Go balloon was detected at 28,000 feet 40 miles southwest of Shemya Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska and was shot down by USAAF fighter planes. The balloon was not recovered. ww2dbase [Fu-Go | Shemya, Aleutian Islands | DS]
Burma Germany
  • Denise Bloch was executed at Ravensbr├╝ck Concentration Camp, Germany some time between this date and 5 Feb 1945. ww2dbase [Denise Bloch | Ravensbr├╝ck Concentration Camp | Ravensbr├╝ck, Mark Brandenburg | CPC]
  • Germany announced the biggest evacuation in military history when the first of what would grow to be up to two million troops were withdrawn by ship through the Baltic from Preu├čen (Prussia) and Pommern (Pomerania). The evacuation continued until the end of the European War. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | AC]
  • Heinz Guderian asked Joachim von Ribbentrop to negotiate peace with the Western Allies. Ribbentrop reported this to Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Heinz Guderian | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Landing ship No. 147 was completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides made a torpedo attack on Japanese army cargo ship Malay Maru off the southern coast of Kyushu, Japan. Silversides fired four torpedoes but only two launched while two ran hot in the tubes. The two that launched, hit and sank the Malay Maru while Silversides had to go deep because of a prompt counterattack by Japanese escorts. One torpedo was ejected fairly quickly but the other was hung up for over seven hours, throughout the entire depth charge attack. It was only after firing the tube while backing at high speed that the torpedo left the tube, almost two years to the day since Silversides was saved by a similar maneuver. ww2dbase [Silversides | Kyushu | DS]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Shangri-La departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Shangri-La | Balboa | CPC]
Philippines Poland
  • Posen, Germany (now Poznan, Poland) was declared a Fortress City after it was surrounded and left to wither by Soviet forces. ww2dbase [Vistula-Oder Offensive | Poznan | TH]
Russia
  • Raoul Wallenberg was interrogated at the OKR of Soviet 18th Rifle Corps in Russia. ww2dbase [Raoul Wallenberg | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Jan 1945
Capt Dixie Kiefer (left) and executive officer Cdr Willian Burch, both badly injured in an air attack four days earlier, being prepared for transfer from Ticonderoga to the hospital ship Samaritan at Ulithi, 25 Jan 1945Captain Dixie Kiefer, badly injured in an air attack four days earlier, addressing his crew one more time before being transferred from USS Ticonderoga to the hospital ship Samaritan at Ulithi, 25 Jan 1945.F4U Corsair of Marine Fighting Squadron VMF-124 on the flight deck of USS Essex, 25 Jan 1945.USS Hornet (Essex-class), distance, steaming with USS Independence and USS Enterprise on their way back to Ulithi Atoll in the Caroline Islands, 25 Jan 1945.

25 Jan 1945 Interactive Map

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




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