21 Feb 1945
  • Air Group 80 from USS Hancock flew one strike in support of operations on Iwo Jima; 1 aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Hancock | DS]
  • The first semi-navalised Hawker Sea Fury (SR661) prototype aircraft made its maiden flight. It was fitted with a Centaurus XII engine and four-bladed Rotol airscrew. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Filipp Golikov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the second time. ww2dbase [Filipp Golikov | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Aleksandr Vasilevsky | CPC]
  • Air Group 80 from USS Hancock flew one strike in support of operations on Iwo Jima; 1 aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | DS]
  • Vasily Chuikov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Vasily Chuikov | CPC]
Japan
  • The Japanese Army and Navy launched a combined tokko attack, dispatching 4 and 21 suicide aircraft, respectively. The fleet carrier USS Saratoga and escort carrier USS Lunga Point were hit and damaged, while escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea was sunk. ww2dbase [Battle of Iwo Jima | Saratoga | Iwo Jima | AC]
  • Submarine I-369 arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [I-369 | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • USS Astoria provided naval gunfire support at Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Astoria (Cleveland-class) | Iwo Jima | CPC]
Philippines
  • While destroyer USS Shaw was escorting a convoy from Leyte Gulf to Mindoro, another of the convoy escorts, USS Renshaw, was hit with a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. Renshaw was damaged but not sunk. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Shaw | Visayan Islands | DS]
Russia
  • Kliment Voroshilov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the fourth time. ww2dbase [Kliment Voroshilov | CPC]
  • Georgy Zhukov was awarded the Order of Lenin for the third time. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
  • Boris Shaposhnikov was awarded his third Order of Lenin. ww2dbase [Boris Shaposhnikov | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Feb 1945
Japanese Type 1 Kaitens on the deck of mother-sub I-370 at the Japanese Kaiten base at Otsujima in Japan’s Inland Sea, 21 Feb 1945.Wounded US Marine Corporal W. H. Porter being prepared for evacuation, Iwo Jima, Japan, 21 Feb 1945US military using demolition charges to clear destroyed vehicles from Iwo Jima beach, Japan, 21 Feb 1945US Marine M4 Sherman tank mired in soft volcanic sand, Iwo Jima, Japan, 21 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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