17 May 1945
  • 470 American B-29 bombers conducted a raid on Nagoya, Japan. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | CPC]
  • P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft began to arrive at Ie Shima, Japan. They would start operating against the Japanese home islands on the following day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Navy carrier aircraft attacked Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Kurt Blome was arrested by the US Counter Intelligence Corps in München (Munich), Germany. ww2dbase [Kurt Blome | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Single day maximum of catapult launches (22). ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | DS]
  • USS Miami arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Miami | CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • In Japan, after a vicious 48-hour battle the Okinawan capital, Naha, was captured by the Americans. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | AC]
  • Yukio Araki and the 72nd Shinbu Squadron arrived at Metabaru Airfield in Saga Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Yukio Araki | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Air Group 87 aircraft from USS Ticonderoga struck Taroa, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | DS]
Philippines Singapore
  • Kamikaze departed Penang, Straits Settlements and rescued 320 survivors of sunken Haguro in the Strait of Malacca. She then set for Singapore. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | CPC]
Taiwan
  • B-24 bombers of US 380th Bomb Group attacked Matsuyama Airfield in Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Matsuyama Airfield | CPC]
  • 2 B-25 bombers of 71st Bombardment Squadron of USAAF 38th Bombardment Group dropped 12 500-pound parafrag bombs and propaganda leaflets on the Keishu sugar plant in Shoka (now Changhua), Taiwan at 1015 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The first Firebrand TF.IV aircraft, equipped with Bristol Centaurus IX engine, took its first flight. ww2dbase [Firebrand | AC]
Photo(s) dated 17 May 1945
US Navy African-American Seaman 1st Class E. Perry splacing steel cable, 17 May 1945US Navy tug boat YTM 466 at the Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Virginia, United States, 17 May 1945; the boatStaff Sergeant B. Kreselewski of 337th Field Artillery Battalion, US 88th Division numbering a keg of gold, Fortezza, Italy, 17 May 1945USAAF study of damage to Nagoya, Japan done by aerial bombing on 14 and 17 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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