9 Mar 1945
  • Light carrier Hosho conducted torpedo evasion exercise; five of the torpedoes used were live. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Air Group 80 was officially detached from USS Hancock. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Seahorse departed for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Kete attacked a Japanese convoy off Ryukyu Islands, Japan during the night of 9-10 Mar 1945, sinking three transports. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island departed the Iwo Jima, Japan area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Third Army captured Andernach, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • 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]
  • German troops launched an offensive toward Striegau, Germany (now Strzegom, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | 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]
  • The keel of U-3062 was laid down on Building Ways IV at the Deschimag shipyard in Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • In eastern Pommern, Germany, Colonel General Walter Weiß was relieved of command of failing to halt the Soviet offensive. He was replaced by Dietrich von Saucken. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • The BI-7 rocket-powered prototype aircraft took its second flight at Khimki near Moscow, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Jack Heyn departed San Francisco, California, United States by rail. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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