21 Jun 1945
  • US troops captured Aparri, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was interrogated by three Allied Generals regarding his role in the Ardennes Offensive in Wiesbaden, Germany. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • Operation Kikusui No. 10 was launched off Okinawa, Japan, participated by about 30 Japanese Navy and 15 Japanese Army special attack and escorting aircraft. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • Major George Laven became the last P-38 Lightning ace of the war with the destruction of a Japanese H8K flying boat. ww2dbase [P-38 Lightning | AC]
  • HMS Hildasay was wrecked off Kilindili, Kenya, British East Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Becuna departed for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Becuna | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Maizuru, Japan and was drydocked for maintenance. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Hikawa Maru | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • USS Parche sank a Japanese freighter Hizen Maru in the Tsugara Strait between Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | Saipan | CPC]
  • USS Chub arrived at Subic Bay in central Luzon, Philippine Islands, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Chub | Olongapo, Zambales | CPC]
  • US Far East Air Force P-38 aircraft attacked targets at Mato (now Madou District of Tainan) and Kagi (now Chiayi), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mato, Tainan | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell stepped down as the Commanding General, Army Ground Forces. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]

21 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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