8 Mar 1945
  • In Germany, US troops entered Bonn while British and Canadian troops entered Xanten. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Soviet Union announced that Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was likely killed in early 1945 by German occupation troops in Hungary or by Hungarian Arrow Cross Party members. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1,200 Allied heavy bombers struck 6 benzol plants in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US intelligence first detected the new Ohka aircraft at Konoike airfield, Japan and nicknamed them "Viper". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Richard "Dick" Winters was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Indian 19th Division began attacking Mandalay Hill near Mandalay, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ding Delong was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Between 1,070 and 1,150 Hungarian Jews arrived at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. They were originally deported to the Austrian border in 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • A German commando raid from Guernsey sabotaged three of the four ships in the Normandy harbour at Granville, damaged port facilities and installations including cranes, a railway engine and rolling stock in the docks. A fourth ship, the SS Eskwood, was captured and its crew persuaded to sail it to Jersey. For the loss of one officer missing in action and five soldiers wounded the German raiders retired with 30 captured Americans and 55 freed German prisoners of war found at the docks. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Soviet troops reached the suburbs of Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 91 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Highly secret negotiations began in Switzerland between Allan Dulles of the US Office of Strategic Services, Colonel General Heinrich von Vietinghoff of the German Army, and Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff of the German SS for the possible early surrender of German troops in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Segundo pursued a Japanese convoy consisted of 2 freighters and 2 escort vessels in the East China Sea; she was chased away by the escorts before she could attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Private Karl Hulten, who had deserted from the US 501st Airborne Regiment and subsequently committed a series of crimes in Britain, was hanged at Pentonville Prison. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Jack Heyn arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Mar 1945
US Navy Cmdr. Thomas Gaylord administering oath to five new nurses commissioned in New York, United States, 8 Mar 1945; Phyllis Mae Dailey, USN

8 Mar 1945 Interactive Map

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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