9 Mar 1945
  • US Third Army captured Andernach, Germany. ww2dbase [Advance to the Rhine | TH]
  • USS Kete attacked a Japanese convoy off Ryukyu Islands, Japan during the night of 9-10 Mar 1945, sinking three transports. ww2dbase [Kete | CPC]
  • About 50 fighters and bombers from the US 14th Air Force attacked railroad targets, river and road traffic, bridges, gun positions, and troops at several locations in central China, including the cities of Guiyi, Hengyang, Nanjing, and Xinyang. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Wake Island departed the Iwo Jima, Japan area. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho conducted torpedo evasion exercise; five of the torpedoes used were live. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse departed for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • German troops launched an offensive toward Striegau, Germany (now Strzegom, Poland). ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
French Indochina
  • The Japanese invited French military officials to a banquet at Lang Son, Tonkin, French Indochina. At the banquet, a Colonel Shimizu ordered the arrest of all French invitees, while at the same time Japanese troops attacked French military positions all across French Indochina. About half of the French captured during this action would be killed before the war's end. Similar events occurred across French Indochina as Japan removed the French colonial leadership. By the end of the day, Japan would declare the former French colonies of Tonkin and Annam as the newly restored independent Empire of Vietnam. Cochinchina in southern French Indochina remained under Japanese control with a nominal French commissioner. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Guam
  • USS Sennet arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Operation Meetinghouse: After sundown and into the early hours of 10 Mar, 279 American B-29 bombers dropped incendiary bombs on Tokyo, Japan and destroyed 267,000 buildings and homes or 41 square kilometers of the city. Americans estimated 88,000 killed, 41,000 injured, and 1,000,000 displaced. Tokyo Fire Department estimated 97,000 killed and 125,000 wounded. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department estimated 124,711 casualties and 286,358 destroyed buildings and homes. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | Tokyo | CPC]
  • The BI-7 rocket-powered prototype aircraft took its second flight at Khimki near Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [BI | Khimki, Moscow | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched 36 aircraft on a non-operational gunnery training flight off the east coast of England. B-17G "Hellcat Hattie" had an engine explode and the airplane crashed into the sea. Two were rescued and eight were killed. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Norfolk, England | DS]
United States US Pacific Islands
  • After completing a post-patrol refit at Midway, Gato-class submarine USS Silversides departed on her thirteenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Silversides | Midway | DS]
Photo(s) dated 9 Mar 1945
Joseph Goebbels shaking hands with Hitler Youth member Willi Hübner, who had just received the Iron Cross 2nd Class medal for bravery in combat, East Prussia, Germany, 9 Mar 1945Americans at the Remagen Bridge, Germany, 8-10 Mar 1945Hitler Youth member Willi Hübner being awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class medal for bravery in combat, East Prussia, Germany, 9 Mar 1945Painted decoy B-29 bomber near Tianhe Airfield, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 9 Mar 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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