19 May 1945
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Maizuru, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ray attacked a three-ship Japanese convoy west of Japan, missing with all three torpedoes fired. The Japanese freighters, actually armed Q-ships, fought back with depth charges, forcing Ray to surface. Ray was able to escape on the surface, deck gun firing to discourage pursuit. She claimed that one of the Q-ships were sunk by gunfire. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • French troops landed in Syria and Lebanon. Arab nationalists launched protest demonstrations against the landing. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Alfred Rosenberg was captured at Flensburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Stalin denied that his troops had been arresting Polish leaders for political reasons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 43rd Division secured the Ipoh dam area north of Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands. US 25th Division began mopping up operations at Santa, Romblon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 77th Division withdrew near the Ishimmi Ridge at Okinawa, Japan after suffering heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 272 B-29 Superfortress bombers struck Hamamatsu, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Photo(s) dated 19 May 1945
German cruiser Admiral Hipper in dry dock at Kiel, Germany after being captured by the Allies, 19 May 1945. Note German attempts at camouflage and damage from Allied bombing.

19 May 1945 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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