2 May 1945
  • U-977 departed Kristiansand, Norway on her first and only war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Baya fired six torpedoes at a Japanese vessel in the Gulf of Siam; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill fired three torpedoes into Japanese minelayer Hatsutaka, which she had damaged on the previous day, sinking her. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Trepang surfaced to shell a sampan, but later called off the attack and allowed the boat to leave. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Wilfred E. Lankenau was named the commanding officer of USS Ancon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wilhelm Burgdorf passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Second Army reached Lübeck, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Ann Baumgartner married Major William Carl and adopted her husband's last name. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Field Marshal Harold Alexander accepted the surrender of the Axis forces in Southern Europe. Over 1,000,000 men in northern Italy and Austria laid down their arms. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US coastal minesweeper YMS-481 was sunk by Japanese shore batteries off Tarakan, Borneo. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Soviet SMERSH operatives captured Hans Fritzsche. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was promoted to the rank of SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor der Waffen-SS by Heinrich Himmler, although Himmler had officially lost all his positions on 28 Apr 1945. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A group of prominent prisoners of war were transferred from the camp at Laufen in southern Germany to a camp at Markt Pongau near Salzburg in occupied Austria, where they would be treated respectfully by SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger who wished to curry favor as the war was coming to an end. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Burma, Indian 26th Division and Indian 17th Division continued their competition to be the first division to reach Rangoon. The 26th Division made an amphibious landing near the city, while the 17th Division secured Pegu. The first individual to enter Rangoon, however, was an RAF officer who landed on a nearby airstrip on this date. He walked into the city and, having assured himself that the Japanese had really gone, sailed down the river in a commandeered sampan to meet the troops advancing from the south. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • The Japanese-sponsored puppet state Manchukuo issued its last postage stamps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Commandant Karl Rahm of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp relinquished control of the camp to the International Red Cross. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • U-1234 was scuttled in the Flensburg Firth, Germany, near the maritime border with Denmark. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Helmuth Weidling accepted General Vasily Chuikov's terms of unconditional surrender; the surrender of the Berlin garrison in Germany was to be effective at 1500 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Werhner von Braun departed Haus Ingeborg in Oberjoch in the Allgäu mountains in southern Germany for Austria; his group ran into American troops after passing through Adolf-Hitler-Pass (now Oberjoch Pass). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Rechlin-Lärz Airfield in Rechlin, Mecklenburg, Germany, a Luftwaffe test site. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet SMERSH agents captured German SS-Gruppenführer Johann Rattenhuber, Rear Admiral Hans-Erich Voß, General of Artillery Helmuth Weidling, and SS General Wilhelm Mohnke in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet Hammer and Sickle flag was hoisted atop the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH]
  • Walter Dornberger departed Haus Ingeborg in Oberjoch in the Allgäu mountains in southern Germany for Austria; his group ran into American troops after passing through Adolf-Hitler-Pass (now Oberjoch Pass). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Werner Haase was captured by Soviet troops in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Kurt Fricke was killed during the Soviet attacks on Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ferdinand Schörner reported to Alfred Jodl that he was leading a group of troops fighting through Soviet lines so he could surrender to the Americans. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Air Group 87 arrived aboard USS Ticonderoga at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS]
Japan Netherlands
  • At 0730 hours, the first of many Canadian and British trucks crossed German defensive lines in the Netherlands without being harassed to deliver food to Dutch civilians. On the same day, 400 US B-17 bombers dropped crates of K-rations over Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Queen Wilhelmina returned to the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Springer attacked a Japanese transport and two escort ships, sinking Japanese frigate Ojika in the Yellow Sea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet GKO created the positions of Deputy Front Commanders in Charge of the Management of Civil Affairs. The first holders of these positions were Soviet counterintelligence leaders Ivan Serov, Lavrentiy Tsavana, and Pavel Meshik. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Pompon attacked a small Japanese boat off Taiwan with her deck gun; the boat escaped without damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British government announced that London, England, United Kingdom was now a "Go Home" area, ending the nearly six-year evacuation. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In a report to the House of Commons the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced the unconditional surrender of the German land, sea and air forces, commanded by Colonel-General Heinrich von Wietinghof-Scheel, Commander-in Chief South-West Command and Commander-in Chief of Army Group C. The instrument of surrender signed at the Allied Forces Headquarters at Caserta on Sunday afternoon, 29 Apr 1945, by two German plenipotentiaries and Lieutenant-General W. D. Morgan, Chief of Staff at Allied Forces Headquarters would see the surrender of all German forces in Northern Italy to the Isonzo River, in the North-East, and the Austrian provinces of Salzburg, Vorarlberg, anf the Tyrol plus portions of Carinthia and Styria, Hostilities would end at 12 o'clock GMT on Wednesday, 2 May 1945. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
Photo(s) dated 2 May 1945
HitlerGerman General Helmuth Weidling and other German generals in captivity, Berlin, Germany, 2 May 1945Captured Soviet BM-31-12 Katyusha rocket launcher on Studebaker US6 chassis in Berlin, Germany, 2 May 1945Charlotte Pilquet, Ruth Astrosini, Juana Bormann, Gertrude Feist, Gertrude Sauer, and Ida Förster in captivity, 2 May 1945
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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