14 Mar 1945
  • USS Tunny placed over 230 mines in waters in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Kete attacked a Japanese cable-laying ship off Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A new pocket of German troops was formed near Braunsberg, East Prussia, Germany (now Braniewo, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The German attack against the Hungarian oil fields near Lake Balaton and Budapest was halted. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Lieutenant Gordon H. McDaniel of the US 318 Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, flying P-51 fighter "Mary Mac" achieved six kills (all Fw 190 fighters) during a single mission in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to resume raids on Japan in support of the Okinawa operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Wake Island arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy Task Force 58 departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to provide indirect support for the campaign against Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A British No. 617 Squadron RAF Lancaster bomber commanded by Squadron Leader C. C. Calder dropped a 22,000-pound Grand Slam bomb on the Bielefeld viaduct, breaking two spans. It was the first time the Grand Slam bomb was used in combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Donald Bryan, flying a P-51 fighter, shot down 1 of the 11 Ar 234B-1 jet bombers attacking the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, Germany. Hauptman Hans Hirshberger failed to bail out and was killed in the crash; this was his first and final combat mission. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Haddock arrived at Guam, ending her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • I-14 was commissioned into service; Commander Tsuruzo Shimizu remained in command. The submarine was assigned to Yokosuka Naval District. She departed Kobe later in the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The island of Iwo Jima was declared conquered by Chester Nimitz, noting that "all powers of government of the Japanese Empire in these islands are hereby suspended", but fighting would continue. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Springer attacked a Japanese patrol boat in the East China Sea, but the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1945
The official flag raising at the American Headquarters on Iwo Jima immediately after Nimitz

14 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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"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, 16 Mar 1945