9 May 1945
  • German cruiser Prinz Eugen surrendered to the Allied forces in Copenhagen, Denmark. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Feldmarschall Kesselring is captured near Saalfelden, Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The United States lifted its war time ban on horse racing. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German Reich Commissar for Norway, Josef Turboven, committed suicide in Oslo, Norway. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Vidkun Quisling, Norway's pro-Nazi Prime Minister, was captured by the underground. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • In New Guinea, the Australians continued to make gains. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Soviet troops captured Stutthof Concentration Camp near Danzig, Germany (now Gdansk, Poland). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • William Slim indicated to his senior staff at the British 14th Army that he might soon be sacked by Oliver Leese. The senior staff officers leaked out the news. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German garrisons in the Channel Islands surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Missouri arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops entered Prague, Czechoslovakia. A large number of German troops, fleeing Prague, reached the area between villages Milín, Slivice, and Cimelice near the US-USSR demarcation line. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • Karl Hermann Frank surrendered to the US Army in Plzen (Pilsen) in occupied Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German garrisons at Dunkerque (12,000 men), La Rochelle, Lorient, and Saint-Nazaire surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Nazi German leader Hermann Göring surrendered to US troops in southern Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Soviet SMERSH agents arrested Käthe Heusermann, chief assistant to Adolf Hitler's dentist Dr. Hugo Blaschke, to assist in the identification of the body retrieved in Berlin, Germany which was suspected to be that of Hitler's. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 20,000-strong German garrison in the Greek islands surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German forces on Guernsey surrendered to the British. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Carbonero arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Composite Squadron 63 (VC-63) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Japanese special attack aircraft damaged two destroyer escorts off Okinawa, Japan and two British carriers (Victorious and Formidable) off Taiwan. On land, the Americans still engaged in vicious close quarter fighting on Okinawa. The Japanese defenders resorted to turning themselves into human bombs, loading themselves with explosives to charge US positions; prisoners were a rarity as the US Marines fired on anything that moved. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • German forces on Jersey surrendered to the British. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Armeegruppe Kurland surrendered in Latvia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Victory was celebrated in Moscow, Russia where two million people watched a parade and firework display. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Singapore Yugoslavia
  • Alexander Löhr surrendered to Yugolsavian partisans at Topolsica in the Slovenia region of Yugoslavia. On the same day, he was mentioned in the German Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 May 1945
African-American troops read President TrumanAugusta off Portland, Maine, United States, 9 May 1945HMS Victorious on fire after being struck by Japanese special attack aircraft, off Sakishima Gunto (Islands), Japan, 9 May 1945Soviet troops in Prague, Czechoslovakia, May 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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