5 Jul 1945
  • John Curtin passed away from heart disease. ww2dbase [John Curtin | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur announced that the Philippine Islands had been liberated. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • Britain citizens went to the polls. The results, which would yield a Labour Party victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party, would not be declared until 26 Jul 1945. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Puffer claimed the sinking of seven small Japanese vessels with her deck gun and another vessel with 2 torpedoes (1 hit) at Bali, Dutch East Indies, and then went on to bombard shore facilities. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Balikpapan escorting a convoy bound for Morotai, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Australia Guam Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
  • American B-24 bombers based on Okinawa, Japan bombed the Omura-Nagasaki area in the Japanese home islands. On the same day, more than 100 American fighters based on Iwo Jima, Japan attacked targets in eastern Honshu in the Japanese home islands. ww2dbase [Bombing of Tokyo and Other Cities | Nagasaki | CPC]
  • USS Shamrock Bay departed San Pedro Bay in the Philippine Islands for Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Shamrock Bay | CPC]
  • A US aircraft conducted a reconnaissance flight over Taichu West Airfield ("Toyohara") in central Taiwan. It was concluded that the airfield was nearing completion. ww2dbase [Taichu West Airfield | Taichu | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1945
British and Soviet soldiers on the balcony of the Old Reich Chancellery building, same spot where Adolf Hitler had made many of his speeches, Berlin, Germany, 5 Jul 1945Remains of General Mitsuru Ushijima and Lieutenant General Isamu Cho, Okinawa, Japan, 5 Jul 1945Taichu West Airfield, 5 Jul 1945

5 Jul 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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