16 May 1945
  • Alderney of the Channel Islands was reoccupied by British troops; the garrison of 3,200 German troops became prisoners of war. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Segundo departed for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Segundo | CPC]
  • After not responding to communications since 9 Apr 1945, USS Snook was presumed lost. ww2dbase [Snook | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill arrived off British Malaya to serve on lifeguard station. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • US Army Colonel Albert Caswell Metts, Jr. assisted the five daughters of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, who had been liberated from Dachau Concentration Camp by the American army, to return to Luxembourg. ww2dbase [AC]
  • William Slim and Aung San met at Meiktila, Burma; Slim later noted that although Aung San had an anti-British history, he was a promising candidate to lead Burma after the war. ww2dbase [Aung San | Meiktila | CPC]
  • Exiled Czechoslovakian President Eduard BeneŇ° returned to Prague, Czechoslovakia to a rapturous welcome. ww2dbase [Edvard BeneŇ° | Prague | AC]
  • Submarine USS Tinosa arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam at the conclusion of her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Tinosa | Apra Harbor | DS]
Hawaii Indian Ocean
  • Aircraft from escort carrier HMS Emperor attacked Japanese cruiser Haguro at the entrance of the Malacca Strait. ww2dbase [Haguro | Malacca Strait | CPC]
  • Kamikaze was lightly damaged by British destroyers in the Strait of Malacca; 27 were killed, 14 were wounded. She arrived at Penang, Straits Settlements later on the same day. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Strait of Malacca | CPC]
Japan Philippines
  • USS Boarfish departed Subic Bay, Philippine Islands for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Boarfish | CPC]
  • The Kukutsu Prisoners of War Camp in northern Taiwan was opened. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 May 1945
USS Chester at Mare Island Nay Yard on 16 May 1945 after an overhaul that drastically altered her appearance. The foremast was shortened while the mainmast was shifted forward and mounted to the aft smoke stack

16 May 1945 Interactive Map

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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