7 Apr 1945
  • USS Hancock, USS Maryland, and 4 destroyers were damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla fired 3 torpedoes at a Japanese transport off northern Japan; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr sank Japanese cruiser Isuzu, which had just been damaged by a torpedo from USS Gabilan, with three hits out of five torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tirante torpedoed a Japanese cargo freighter, surfaced, and observed two survivors clinging to debris. She was initially credited with the kill, but it failed to be confirmed after studying Japanese records post-war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Armeegruppe E completed its evacuation of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In Germany, US First Army captured Göttingen and US Ninth Army captured Eisenach and Hameln. ww2dbase [TH]
  • General Schörner's German Armeegruppe Mitte attacked the Soviet 2nd and 4th Ukrainian Fronts in Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German jets were deployed to intercept heavy bombers of the Western Allies. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-103 was damaged by a mine off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Hauptmann Oskar Dettke and Oberleutnant Heinrich Südel of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Anglo-Indian troops attacked Yindaw, which was 20 kilometers south of Meiktila, Burma. It was stubbornly defended by 1,000 Japanese troops which repeatedly repulsed assaults over the next few days. William Slim would ultimately order the town bypassed, leaving it for the mop-up phase later. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Hikosaburo Hata was named the chief of staff of Otozo Yamada (Japanese Kwantung Army in northeastern China). ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • German forces at Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany attempted a counterattack. Although it inflicted heavy casualties on the Soviets, it ultimately failed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wilhelm Canaris was sentenced to death by a special SS tribunal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In a last ditch operation by the so-called Sonderkommando Elbe, set up by the fanatical Oberst Otto Köhnke, the pilots of 183 Fw 190 and Bf 109K aircraft flying to the strains of martial music played over the radio were ordered to deliberately ram American B-17 bombers. How many actually did so remained a mystery but 137 of the German aircraft were lost with the loss 70 pilots killed. Only eight US heavy bombers were brought down. ww2dbase [AC]
Japan
  • USS Sargent Bay departed Okinawa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • When Yamato was discovered was steaming south, Air Group 9 from USS Yorktown (Essex-class) claimed several torpedo hits on Yamato herself just before the battleship exploded and sank. USS Yorktown (Essex-class)?s planes also had at least three 500-pound bombs hit light cruiser Yahagi before that ship also sank. Yorktown then resumed her strikes on Okinawa. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • 101 American B-29 bombers attacked the Nakajima aircraft factory near Tokyo, Japan; this was the first B-29 mission to be escorted by P-51 fighters from Iwo Jima. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kantaro Suzuki was named the 42nd Prime Minister of Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Korechika Anami was made the Army Minister under Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Lieutenant General Yoshio Kozuki was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Seishiro Itagaki. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • While enroute to attack the US fleets off Okinawa, Japan, battleship Yamato was attacked by US carrier aircraft resulting in her loss, along with several of her escorts. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Tabular Record of Movement | TH]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze rescued survivors of battleship Yamato and destroyer Isokaze; she suffered minor damage from American air attacks during the action (3 were killed, 15 were wounded). ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • USS Gabilan sank the already-damaged Japanese cruiser Isuzu, which she and her wolfpack mates had been chasing since 4 Apr 1945, in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kosaku Ariga, commanding officer of battleship Yamato, went down with the ship as the battleship sank. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • While at Warm Springs, Georgia, United States, Franklin Roosevelt had a brief telephone conversation with his wife Eleanor Roosevelt, who was at the family estate at Hyde Park, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Apr 1945
Yahagi, moments before she was sunk, 7 April 1945Cruiser Yahagi under attack, 7 Apr 1945USS Hancock burning after being struck by special attack aircraft, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945; note USS EssexDamaged USS Hancock hiding in smoke, off Okinawa, Japan, 7 Apr 1945
See all photos dated 7 Apr 1945

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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