4 Apr 1945
  • British Second Army captured Osnabr├╝ck, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • On the fourth day of the Soviet artillery bombardment, K├Ânigsberg, East Prussia, Germany lost electric power. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | CPC]
  • Eduard Schallmoser, flying a Me 262 jet fighter, scored the first kill of German Jagdverband 44. The kill was accidental, however, as he unintentionally rammed an American P-38 fighter in the tail. ww2dbase [Me 262 Schwalbe | CPC]
  • General Dwight Eisenhower transferred the US 9th Army from Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group to General Omar Bradley's 12th Army Group, thus making Bradley the first American general to command four field armies simultaneously. ww2dbase [Omar Bradley | AC]
  • German pilot Unteroffzier Eduard Schallmoser destroyed a P-38 fighter by ramming its tail. He was only able to fly his damaged fighter partly home before he had to bail out. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops counterattacked Soviet forces near Moravska-Ostrava and Nitra in Czechoslovakia. Meanwhile, Soviet troops entered Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. At Kosice in the Slovak Republic, the Soviet Union set up a provisional Czechoslovakian government. ww2dbase [TH]
Germany Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Task Force 19.9.9, comprised of Scouting Squadron 46 (VS-46), Scouting Squadron 53 (VS-53), and Scouting Squadron 69 (VS-69) arrived on board. All major construction on the Inshore Patrol Squadron area completed, including parking mat, nose hangar, enlisted barracks, mess hall, BOQ's, and shop space. Carrier Air Group 31 (CVG-31) on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
Hungary Japan
  • Naval mines in the Inland Sea, Japan sank three Japanese ships. ww2dbase [Inland Sea | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sterlet arrived at Midway, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Sterlet | Midway | CPC]
  • USS Gabilan and her wolfpack mates detected Japanese cruiser Isuzu in the South China Sea and gave chase. She sank one of the escorting gunboats with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Gabilan | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Six B-25 bombers of 498th Bombardment Squadron and six B-25 bombers of 500th Bombardment Squadron, both of USAAF 345th Bombardment Group, took off from San Marcelino in western Luzon island, Philippines to attack Mako (now Magong or Makung) harbor, Pescadores Islands in the Taiwan Strait. The attack commenced at 1430 hours, sinking a 2,000-ton tanker and the 2,500-ton freighter Horei Maru. 500th Bombardment Squadron lost one bomber to anti-aircraft fire. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
  • USAAF A-20 aircraft based in the Philippine Islands attacked factories and rail marshalling yards at Shinchiku (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Shinchiku | CPC]
United States
  • US Marine Corps Commandant, Lieutenant General Alexander A. Vandegrift, was promoted to the rank of general, and thus became the first Marine officer on active service to attain four-star rank. ww2dbase [Alexander Vandegrift | AC]
  • USS Alabama departed California, United States. ww2dbase [Alabama | California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1945
Portrait of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery in his signature flying coat, 4 Apr 1945.Six TBM-3 Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 6 flying from the carrier Hancock during a raid on Amami-O-Shima in the Okinawa Campaign, 4 Apr 1945.American ships unloading supplies on the beach of Okinawa, Japan, 4 Apr 1945Map depicting the Allied encirclement of the Ruhr region, 29 Mar-4 Apr 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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