24 Feb 1945
  • USS Trepang sank freighter Usuki Maru and damaged another ship, and then survived a seven-hour depth charge barrage by multiple Japanese anti-submarine vessels. ww2dbase [Trepang | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island launched 55 spotting sorties 56 kilometers south of Iwo Jima, Japan; 205 rockets were fired on targets of opportunity. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Ivan Konev declared the Lower Silesian Offensive a success. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
  • USS Spot departed for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Spot | CPC]
  • Soviet 1st Baltic Front was disbanded; its units were merged into Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma Czechoslovakia
  • The Soviet bridgehead over the Danube River at Hron, Slovakia was destroyed by a German attack. ww2dbase [Hron | TH]
  • Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha was assassinated at parliament by 28-year-old Mustafa Essawy in the parliament building after reading a declaration of war against the Axis Powers. ww2dbase [Cairo | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler made what was to be his last speech to Reischsleiters and Gauleiters in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Berlin | TH]
  • The keel of U-3061 was laid down on Building Ways IV at the Deschimag shipyard in Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [U-3061 | Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG | Bremen, Weser-Ems | CPC]
  • The 1,918-ton German freighter Ellen Larsen was beached after striking a mine at Warnemünde, on the Baltic coast near Rostock, Germany. ww2dbase [Warnemünde, Mecklenburg | HM]
  • Soviet troops attacked toward the eastern Pommern region of Germany (occupied Poland). ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | Pommern | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler made what was to be his last speech to Reischsleiters and Gauleiters in the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Berlin | TH]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft launched to attack targets in the Nagoya, Japan area, but the mission was canceled due to poor weather. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Nagoya, Aichi | CPC]
  • During the night of 24-25 Feb, 174 American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs on Tokyo, Japan and destroyed about 3 square kilometers of the city, or about 28,000 buildings. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | Tokyo | CPC]
  • US bombers attacked Penang, Malaya. ww2dbase [Penang | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Major Geoffrey Hutchinson, Member of Parliament representing Ilford in London, England, United Kingdom, wrote to the Secretary for Air for assistance with recent German rocket attacks on Ilford. This letter yielded no significant results. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 24 Feb 1945
Piles of supplies for US 3rd and 5th Marine Divisions, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945US Marine Corps Major General Keller Rockey at his command post, Iwo Jima, Japan, 1945Aerial view of Iwo Jima and Mt Suribachi looking across the southern point and the landing beeches to the supply ship staging area, 24 Feb 1945, five days after the initial landings.USS Tambor, USS Ray, USS Greenling, USS Cero (barely visible), and USS Raton (barely visible) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Feb 1945

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