19 Feb 1945
  • USS Missouri bombarded Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Air Group 80 flew 2 strikes against Iwo Jima and fighter squadron 80 flew 1 strike against Chichi Jima and Haha Jima (both groups from USS Hancock); 1 aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Mingo departed Fremantle, Australia, resuming her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sea Cat damaged a small Japanese ship with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • John Basilone passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Panzer Army, and 4th Army launched a counter attack in East Prussia, Germany, which was spearheaded by a captured Soviet T-34 tank. It opened a corridor between Königsberg and Pillau. The troops would hold this corridor open until early Apr, allowing thousands of civilians to be evacuated by German Navy ships. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Heinrich Himmler made his first contact with Swedish Count Folke Bernadotte regarding a separate peace. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops landed on Samar and Capul in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Units of the US 8th Division began encircling German troops trapped within the Siegfried Line/Westwall. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Lacey scored his final kill of his career as he shot down a Japanese Ki-43 aircraft, bringing his confirmed kills count to 28. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet 52nd Army and Soviet 3rd Guards Tank Army secured the flanks of Soviet 4th Tank Army near Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), thus ending the counter-offensive mounted by German Panzerkorps "Großdeutschland" and German XXIV Panzer Corps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Jack Heyn boarded troop transport USS General A. E. Anderson at Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft provided aerial cover for the Iwo Jima, Japan invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At 0905 hours, the first of 30,000 US Marines landed on Iwo Jima, Japan after heavy naval bombardment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 119 American B-29 bombers attacked the port and urban areas of Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands attacked Koshun Airfield, Takao Prefecture, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Bawn's factory at Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow, London, England, United Kingdom at 1420 hours. It wrecked 12 houses, damaged 500 houses, killed 18, seriously injured 53, and lightly injured 150. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Feb 1945
Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver with Bombing Squadron VB-80 returning to the USS Hancock after flying close ground support strikes in support of the Marines landing on Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945.Fifth Division Marines moving inland off the beach, after coming ashore on Iwo Jima, 19 Feb 1945; note Mount Suribachi in backgroundKilled US Marines on the beaches of Iwo Jima, Japan, Feb 1945US Marine M4A3 Sherman flame tank, also known as
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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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