18 May 1945
  • USS Missouri arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands. In the afternoon, she became the flagship of Admiral William Halsey of the US Navy 3rd Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Keiji Furutani was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Specially-modified American B-29 bombers arrived at Tinian, Mariana Islands in preparation of future atomic bomb missions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Longshaw, stuck on a reef, was sunk by Japanese shore battery at Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded Philip Gardner a Victoria Cross for his daring rescue of comrades at Tobruk, Libya on 23 Nov 1941. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Marshal Tito, in negotiations with British and US representatives over disputed territory, claimed to have the right to add Trieste to Yugoslav territory, and refused to leave the area. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • German Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner was captured by Americans in Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ferdinand Schörner surrendered to the Americans in Austria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Springer arrived at Guam, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft based in Ie Shima near Okinawa attacked airfields on Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bergall damaged a small Japanese vessel with her deck gun in the South China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Segundo encountered two bodies floating in the water in the East China Sea; her crew identified them to be one American and one Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • US Navy gave the firm North American Aviation a contract for three XP-86 prototype jet fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 May 1945
Japanese-American troops of 100th Infantry Battalion, US 442nd Regimental Combat Team inspecting a confiscated German field kitchen, Brescia, Italy, 18 May 1945, photo 1 of 2Japanese-American troops of 100th Infantry Battalion, US 442nd Regimental Combat Team inspecting a confiscated German field kitchen, Brescia, Italy, 18 May 1945, photo 2 of 2USS Missouri moored in Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands, 18 May 1945. Note hospital ship USS Hope behind Missouri and two Casablanca-class escort carriers at right.

18 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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