24 Mar 1945
  • USS Missouri bombarded Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Activity departed Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Patton urinated into the Rhine River. Upon completing his crossing over a pontoon bridge, he took some dirt on the far bank, emulating his favorite historical figure William the Conqueror. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Plunder landed over 16,000 British and American troops across the Rhine River region, allowing link ups with advancing British 21st Army Group's 4 bridgeheads. Meanwhile, US Third Army captured Ludwigshafen and Speyer, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US 9th Army began to seal off the Ruhr region in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Major General Matthew Ridgway, the commanding officer of US XVIII Airborne Corps, was wounded in the shoulder by fragments from a German grenade. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Lieutenant General Daniel Sultan's Sino-American force linked up with British troops at Kyaukme, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Franklin arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • France issued a plan to form a post-war Indochinese federation consisted of Tonkin, Annam, Cochinchina, Cambodia, and Laos. It was to exist under France without a progression toward independence. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • B-17 bombers attacked the Daimler-Benz tank factory in Berlin, Germany; the bombers were escorted by P-51 fighters flown by African-American pilots of 332nd Fighter Group from Ramitelli Airfield in Italy. About 30 Me 262 jet fighter of German Jagdgeschwader 7 wing rose to defend. The American fighter and bomber airmen together claimed 16 jets shot down, but actual German records showed that only 8 were lost in this action. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler's personal Ju 290A-5 transport aircraft was destroyed by Allied bombing at München (Munich), Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cod departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Wisconsin bombarded Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Preston arrived off Kerama Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan and prepared to enter drydocks for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The city government of Nagasaki, Japan restructured its wartime administration in an attempt to bolster preparations for emergency air defense, sacrificing the priority of waterworks and harbor portions of the government. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Luce departed Philippine waters to escort ships which were sailing for Kelse Shima, Ryukyu Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Sea Cat arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Mar 1945
Dempsey crossing the Rhine River into Germany aboard a small boat, 24-25 Mar 1945Duplex drive Sherman tanks crossing the Rhine River into Germany, 24 Mar 1945Men of the UK 15th Scottish Division leaving their assault craft after crossing the Rhine River near Xanten, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 24 Mar 1945A British Bedford QL truck leaving a raft after crossing the Rhine River near Feldwick,North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, 24 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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