3 Jun 1945
  • French forces reluctantly left Damascus, French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon, leaving the British in control. ww2dbase [AC]
  • American carrier aircraft of Task Force 38 attacked airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan for the second day in a row. On the same day, 7 Japanese ships were sunk or damaged by naval mines in Japanese waters. ww2dbase [Preparations for Invasion of Japan | CPC]
  • US Marines landed on Iheya Jima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Operation Kikusui No. 9 was launched off Okinawa, Japan, participated by about 20 Japanese Navy and 30 Japanese Army special attack and escorting aircraft. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • The US began preparing for the transit of 200,000 US troops from Europe to the Pacific via Marseille, France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Air Group 87 aircraft from USS Ticonderoga struck airfields on Kyushu, Japan in an attempt to stop special attack aircraft from taking off. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | DS]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) struck airfields on the Japanese home islands. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
  • USS Ancon departed Okinawa, Japan for the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Ancon | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Segundo sank a Japanese sail in the East China Sea with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Segundo | CPC]
  • USS Sterlet fired six torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Sea of Okhotsk; all torpedoes missed. The transport then revealed herself to be an armed Q-ship, which gave chase to the American submarine. Sterlet was able to escape the counterattack. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Macabi departed Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Macabi | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jun 1945
Amphibious tractors delivering US Marines and supplies on the beach of Ibeya, an island in the Ryukyu Islands northwest of Okinawa, 3 Jun 1945A German civilian looks at a vast painting of Stalin on the Unter-den-Linden, Berlin, Germany, 3 Jun 1945War damaged Reichstag building, Berlin, Germany, 3 Jun 1945US Marine Corps 8th Regimental Combat Team landing on Iheya, Okinawa, Japan, 3 Jun 1945

3 Jun 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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