24 Apr 1945
  • USS Cod unsuccessfully attacked a Japanese convoy and was subjected to a heavy depth charge barrage. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • Canadian First and British Second Armies entered Bremen, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The United Kingdom abolished black-out with the exception of certain coastal areas. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Charr departed the naval base at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Charr | CPC]
  • Tranquility was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Tranquility | CPC]
  • The American destroyer escort USS Frederick C. Davis was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-546 off the Atlantic coast. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Parche attacked a Japanese transport east of Kamaichi, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • One of the ships in USS Bogue’s mid-Atlantic scouting line of destroyer escorts, USS Frederick C. Davis, was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-546 with a GNAT acoustic torpedo. 126 men were lost and 66 were rescued. Surrounded by destroyer escorts, U-546 was attacked, forced to the surface, and sunk by gunfire. 26 were lost and 33 were rescued, including the submarine's commander Kapitänleutnant Paul Just. ww2dbase [G7es Type V | Bogue | Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | DS]
  • Indian 5th Division captured Toungoo, Burma and advanced further to Penwegu. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | Toungoo | CPC]
  • The final 50 troops of the all-female Rani of the Jhansi Regiment loyal to Indian nationalist and Japanese collaborator Subhas Chandra Bose withdrew from their base in Rangoon, Burma for Bangkok, Thailand. Two women were killed by a British advance patrol. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | Rangoon | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Portland entered Ulithi Lagoon for ten days of repairs and replenishment. ww2dbase [Portland | Ulithi | DS]
Germany Italy
  • US Fifth Army drove through Mantua on its way north along the Italian coast while British Eighth Army attacked across the Po River and captured Parma. The two columns made contact as British 6th Armoured Division linked up with US 10th Mountain Division. ww2dbase [Operation Grapeshot and Operation Roast | TH, CPC]
  • The final mission involving Italian motor torpedo boats against Allied targets was launched, involving four boats. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho was attacked by US aircraft at Etajima near Kure, Japan, receiving no damage. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Etajima, Hiroshima | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Shangri-La was assigned to US Navy Task Group 58.4. ww2dbase [Shangri-La | CPC]
  • A-20 aircraft of USAAF 3rd Bombardment Group attacked the Nansei sugar plant at Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan at noon, escorted by 12 P-38 fighters, causing damage. ww2dbase [Kagi, Tainan | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1945
M24 Chaffee light tank of US Army 1st Armored Division in Bologna, Italy, late Apr 1945US Senator Alben Barkley visiting Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Weimar, Germany, 24 Apr 1945US 3rd Army soldier guarding loot found stored in the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) at the Ellingen Castle in southern Germany, 24 Apr 1945German civilians exhuming remains of 140 prisoners originally from Flossenbürg Concentration Camp about 50km to the northeast, near Schwarzenfeld, Germany, 24 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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