3 Apr 1945
  • Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front penetrated the German defensive lines between Wiener Neustadt and Neusiedler Lake, advancing toward Vienna, Austria. Major Carl Szokoll, a leader of the Austrian resistance, met with Soviet authorities about cooperation in Vienna to prevent the city's destruction. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | TH]
  • General of Infantry Wilhelm Hasse replaced Walther Nehring as the commander of the German 1.Panzerarmee. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Second Army arrived at Münster, Germany while the US Ninth Army captured Recklinghausen. ww2dbase [Fall of the Ruhr | TH]
  • US First Army captured Fulda and Kassel, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German rocket troops were converted to regular troops and joined the German 5th Army Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Hengelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Special attack boats of Japanese Navy Shinyo Squadron 22 sank American gunboat LCI(G)-82 at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Shinyo-class | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island was struck by two or three Japanese special attack aircraft, causing damage but little casualties. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-71 struck a mine and sunk off Sanga Sanga, Borneo. ww2dbase [AC]
Germany
  • US 45th Infantry Division captured Aschaffenburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Southern Germany Campaign | Aschaffenburg, Hessen-Nassau | CPC]
  • While under repair at Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Emden had her forward funnel destroyed by a direct hit of an Allied aerial bomb. ww2dbase [Deutsche Werke Kiel | Emden | Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein | CPC]
  • The column of prisoners of war that SS-Feldgendarmerie personnel forced out of Marlag und Milag Nord prisoners of war camp in Westertimke, Germany on the previous day were strafed by RAF aircraft at about 1000 hours. Several prisoners were killed. ww2dbase [Marlag und Milag Nord | Weser-Ems | HM]
Guam
  • USS Sennet departed Guam, Mariana Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Sennet | CPC]
Hawaii Italy Japan Singapore
  • Kamoi arrived at anchorage No. 26 at Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
Taiwan
  • 16 B-25 bombers of USAAF 3rd Bombardment Group and B-24 bombers of USAAF 90th Bombardment Group, escorted by 8 P-38 fighters, attacked the butanol plant, rail marshalling yards, and the military airfield at Kagi, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Kagi Airfield | Kagi, Tainan | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Apr 1945
United States Army Engineers construct a “Bailey Bridge” while a WC54 ambulance and a Jeep ford the Mag-Ampon River, San Pablo, Luzon, Philippines, 3 Apr 1945. Note the machine gun mounted in the Jeep.Kagi butanol plant under attack by B-25 bombers of 3rd Bombardment Group, USAAF 5th Air Force, Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan, 3 Apr 1945, photo 1 of 5Kagi butanol plant under attack by B-25 bombers of 3rd Bombardment Group, USAAF 5th Air Force, Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan, 3 Apr 1945, photo 2 of 5Kagi butanol plant under attack by PV-1 aircraft of US Navy squadron VPB-137, Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan, 3 Apr 1945, photo 1 of 2
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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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