2 Apr 1945
  • With assistance from Bulgarian units, Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front captured the main Hungarian oil production area near Nagykanizsa. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captured the Hungarian industrial zone of Mosonmagyarovar. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Martin Bormann ordered Germany to fight until victorious or until death. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US troops landed on Sanga Sanga, Sulu, Philippine Islands without resistance; Filipino guerrilla fighters had already secured the island prior to the landing. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • American B-24 bombers conducted a raid on Hong Kong. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American B-24 bombers conducted a raid on Marcus Island. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The American Mk II and Mk IIA1 hand grenades were redesignated Mk 2 and Mk 2A1, respectively. ww2dbase [Mark II | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Wiener Neustadt, Eisenstadt, Neunkirchen, and Gloggnitz in southern Germany, thus now threatening Vienna. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten announced that the planning for Operation Dracula against Rangoon, Burma was to be resumed, with a target execution date of 5 May 1945 at the latest. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | CPC]
French Indochina
  • Tran Trong Kim departed Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Tran Trong Kim | CPC]
  • Folke Bernadotte met Heinrich Himmler at the SS Hohenlychen sanatorium in Lychen, Germany; Himmler was unsuccessful in convincing Bernadotte to help seek a peace between Germany and the Western Allies. ww2dbase [Folke Bernadotte | CPC]
  • USS Sennet completed refitting from USS Apollo at Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • In Japan, 100 American B-29 bombers conducted a raid on the Nakajima aircraft factory near Tokyo, while 15 B-29 bombers mined waters off Kure and Hiroshima. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 145 was sunk by US Navy aircraft at Amami Oshima, Satsunan Islands, Amami Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • 18 US A-20 bombers from Luzon, Philippine Islands attacked the rail marshaling yards at Shinei District (now Xinying District), Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Glory was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Glory | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1945
F4U Corsairs and TBM Avengers of Air Group 6 aboard USS Hancock off Okinawa, Japan, 2 Apr 1945

2 Apr 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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