16 Feb 1945
  • USS Sargent Bay set sail for Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet sank Japanese minelayer Nariu south of Japan, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island arrived 49 miles southwest of Iwo Jima, Japan and provided spotter aircraft for the battleship gun crews for the next three days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • On Luzon, Philippine Islands, American troops captured the Bataan Peninsula while paratroopers assaulted the island of Corregidor at the tip of the peninsula. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of the XIX Corps of the Ninth Army of US 12th Army Group. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Indian 17th Division began crossing the Irrawady River in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands as a part of Task Unit 50.8.25 in support of the invasion of Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • German 39.Panzer Korps and 10.SS-Panzer Korps began their parts of Operation Sonnenwende in Pommern, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TF58 strike the Tokyo area of Honshu, Japan in the first carrier-borne air strikes against the Japanese home islands since the Doolittle Raid on 18 Apr 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Air Group 80 flew 6 strikes fighter squadron 80 flew 1 strike against Tokyo, Japan (both groups from USS Hancock); 3 men and 3 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft conducted a fighter sweep over Japan; several fighters were lost in the ensuing engagement. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Crownford Road in Leyton, London, England, United Kingdom at 2345 hours, killing 25 and seriously injuring 10. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 16 Feb 1945
Gunnery practice with 40-mm Bofors MK 12 anti-aircraft guns aboard Hornet while her aircraft raided Japan, 16 Feb 1945OS2U Kingfisher aircraft being recovered by battleship USS Texas, off Iwo Jima, at 1700 on 16 Feb 1945; note netting of recovery sled hooked on pontoon’s recovery hookA group of Beaufighter Mk X aircraft of No. 404 Squadron RCAF in flight near Dallachy, Scotland, United Kingdom, 16-18 Feb 1945USS Saint Paul at Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 16 Feb 1945
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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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