3 Mar 1945
  • Cruiser Köln was sunk by British aircraft at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Her turrets remain above water and operational. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Chub was attacked by a Japanese submarine but was able to escape unharmed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin sank the Japanese cargo ship Suiten Maru north of Surabaja, Java, hitting her with 1 of 7 torpedoes fired; she picked up 3 survivors. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Gheorghe Avramescu passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kurt Schmidt passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US and Filipino troops captured Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Canadian troops captured Xanten, Germany while US First Army captured Krefeld, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German 6th Volksgrenadier Division captured Lauban, Germany (now Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Burma, British Lieutenant William Weston, 21, of the Green Howards, was clearing a labyrinth of bunkers and tunnels with grenades when he was wounded. Falling into the entrance of an enemy bunker, his only thought was for the task. He pulled the pin of a grenade and rolled into the strong-point killing himself and all inside. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Anglo-Indian troops captured Meiktila, Burma after the final 47 Japanese defenders committed suicide. Japanese resistance in outskirts of the city would continue for a few more days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Prisoners at Hinzert satellite camp of Buchenwald Concentration Camp were evacuated. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Franklin departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Tirante departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • 57 Mitchell and Boston bombers of the RAF Second Tactical Air Force were sent to bomb a suspected rocket launching site in a wooded park in the Hague in the Netherlands. Some of the 69 tons of bombs meant for the site missed by as much as 500 yards, hitting the Bezuidenhout district. 500 civilians were killed and 2,000 were injured, while several thousands were made homeless. The German occupation refused to help the survivors, delaring that the "Dutch have to learn what it is like", referring to the Allied bombing of German cities of Hamburg, Dresden, and others. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US fighters based in the Philippine Islands strafed Koshun Airfield, Takao Prefecture, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Mar 1945
M10 Wolverine tank destroyer of the American 701st Battalion at Mt. Terminale, Italy, 3 Mar 1945A US Marine ran past a dead Japanese soldier, Iwo Jima, Japan, 3 Mar 1945Two US Marines with an empty stretcher ran past a dead Japanese soldier, Iwo Jima, 3 Mar 1945Lieutenant General Alexander Patch awarding the Legion of Merit to Brigaier General Charles Palmer, Washington DC, United States, 3 Mar 1945

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

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