5 May 1945
  • Oberleutnant Heinz Schäffer of U-977 decided to head for Argentina instead of returning home per President Karl Dönitz's orders. ww2dbase [U-977 | CPC]
  • German General Blaskowitz surrendered all German forces in the Netherlands at the Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen to Canadian General Charles Foulkes. In Denmark, the German occupation forces surrendered. In Italy, German Armeegruppe C surrendered. ww2dbase [Germany's Surrender | CPC]
  • Japanese balloon bombs floated across the Pacific Ocean, landing and detonating in Oregon in the United States, killing 6. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet Army launches a final assault in Moravia region of Czechoslovakia against what remains of German Armeegruppe Mitte. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-853 torpedoed and sank American collier Black Point Off Block Island, Rhode Island, United States, killing 12, 34 were later rescued; Black Point was the last American merchant ship to be lost in WW2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied aircraft conducted raids across Borneo in preparation of the Australian invasion. ww2dbase [Borneo Campaign | CPC]
  • Walter Krupinski was captured by the Americans. ww2dbase [Walter Krupinski | CPC]
  • USS Missouri departed Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • At a meeting attended by SS-Obergruppenführer von Herff and representatives of the Gestapo and SD, Heinrich Himmler outlined his plans to establish an SS government in Schleswig-Holstein which would conduct independent peace negotiations with the western powers. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | AC]
  • Lavrentiy Beria removed Viktor Abakumov from his position as the head counterintelligence chief of Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front. Three generals were named to replace Abakumov: Colonel General Arkadii Apolonov, Lieutenant General Ivan Gorbatyuk, and Lieutenant General Fyodor Tutushkin. ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
  • Nazi German Gauleiter Karl Hanke escaped Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) via a Storch aircraft. ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | CPC]
  • Some of the crew members of M612 mutinied, locking their officers in a cabin, so the entire crew would not needlessly lose their lives when the end of the war was near. They were stopped by a German torpedo boat near Sønderborg, Denmark, and 11 of the crew members responsible for the mutiny were arrested. After a quick military trial, all 11 were found guilty and were executed on the ship. Their bodies were dumped into the sea. ww2dbase [M612 | CPC]
  • Cruisers USS Phoenix and USS Boise with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O'Bannon, and USS Taylor arrived at Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Boise | Phoenix | DS]
Austria China
  • Motoki Yamazaki was named the President of the South Manchuria Railway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Czechoslovakia Denmark
  • U-1233 surrendered to the Allieds in BÃ¥ring Bay near Fredericia, Denmark. ww2dbase [U-1233 | CPC]
  • SMERSH agents attached to Soviet 3rd Shock Army found two burned bodies in a bomb crater near the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany and buried them without much thinking. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | Reich Chancellery | Berlin | CPC]
  • Soviet 2nd Byelorussian Front captured Swinemünde, Pommern, Germany (now Swinoujscie, Poland) and Peenemünde Army Research Center, both located on the island of Usedom. ww2dbase [East Pomeranian Offensive | Peenemünde Army Research Center | Peenemünde, Pommern | CPC]
  • U-822 was scuttled in Wesermünde, Germany. ww2dbase [U-822 | Wesermünde, Ost-Hannover | CPC]
  • After a night of probing raids, 100 to 150 German Waffen-SS troops under Georg Bochmann attacked Itter Castle in western Austria, which was recently captured by a small American force, with its full force. The castle was a prison for high-value French prisoners including Édouard Daladier, Paul Reynaud, Maxime Weygand, Maurice Gamelin, Charles de Gaulle's elder sister Marie-Agnès Cailliau, and others. The Americans were able to hold off the German attacks until 1600 hours when reinforcements arrived, surprising the Germans and resulting in about 100 Germans being captured. The sole defender to die in the engagement was Josef Gangl, a German Army officer at the rank of major who had recently joined the Austrian resistance. ww2dbase [Southern Germany Campaign | Itter, Tirol | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island departed Guam, Mariana Islands with damaged aircraft on board. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
Japan Korea
  • Yukio Araki along with the rest of the 72nd Shinbu Squadron was ordered to relocate from the current base at Heijo (now Pyongyang), Korea to Metabaru Airfield in Saga Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Yukio Araki | Heijo | CPC]
Netherlands Taiwan
  • US B-25 bombers attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | Taihoku | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Shinchiku Airfield | Shinchiku | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Canadian frigate HMCS Teme (K 458), torpedoed by German submarine U-315 on 29 Mar 1945 and already declared a constructive total loss, was returned to the British Royal Navy. ww2dbase [England | CPC]
United States
  • USS New Jersey arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an overhaul. ww2dbase [New Jersey | Puget Sound Navy Yard | Bremerton, Washington | DS]
  • A minister from Bly, Oregon, United States, his pregnant wife, and five children from their Sunday School class ages 11 to 14 traveled to Gearhart Mountain a short distance east of Bly for an outing. As the minister was parking his car, his wife called to him that the children had found something. Almost instantly, a bomb exploded killing all six onlookers. Analysis revealed they were killed by a Japanese 15kg anti-personnel bomb from a Fu-Go balloon. These six fatalities were the only Americans killed by enemy action in the continental US during World War II. This incident also led to the lifting of the press blackout concerning the balloon bombs and prompted a well-publicized educational effort to warn people about the hazards of handling Japanese balloons or their components. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Fu-Go | Bly, Oregon | DS]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1945
Private D. E. Hailey and T. M. Conway of the Australian 2/23 Infantry Battalion in their Bren gun pit on the forward slope of B Company position, Tarakan, Borneo, May 1945Dutch children stealing wood from tram tracks for use as fuel in kitchen stoves, 5 May 1945Rings left by Buchenwald concentration camp victims, 5 May 1945Quarry, near Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, Germany, 5 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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