8 Jul 1945
  • USS Missouri set sail as an escort for carriers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The crew of light cruiser Voroshilov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Carbonero completed her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF sergeant Simon Eden, son of British foreign secretary Anthony Eden, was listed as missing in action in Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 9 US carriers, organized into 3 task groups each complete with battleship and cruiser screens, refueled east of Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Over 100 American fighters struck eastern Honshu, Japan from their bases on Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Subhash Chandra Bose attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Indian National Army War Memorial in Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 10 arrived. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank a Japanese patrol boat in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 12 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Boarfish was attacked by bombs by a Japanese aircraft, but sustained no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Battleship Sevastopol was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Taiwan
  • US B-24 bombers based in the Philippine Islands struck Shinchiku Airfield (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • In what was later nicknamed as "The Midnight Massacre", US Army prison guard Private Clarence V. Bertucci climbed to the top of a guard tower of the prisoners of war camp in Salina, Utah, United States and fired the mounted M1917 Browning machine gun on tents occupied by German prisoners. His 15 seconds of rampage, during which 250 rounds were fired, killed 6 and wounded 20 (3 of whom would later of their wounds). The victims were later buried with full military honors at Fort Douglas Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Bertucci was admitted into a mental institution in the state of New York in eastern United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British carrier HMS Reaper arrived at Newark, New Jersey, United States with a captured German Ar 234 aircraft aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jul 1945
Battleship USS Iowa and carrier USS Shangri-La receiving fuel from oiler USS Cahaba, 8 Jul 1945Oblique aerial view of West Field, Tinian, Mariana Islands, Jul 8, 1945.Essex-class carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (left) and battleship USS Missouri (right) taking fuel from fleet oiler USS Tappahannock (center) east of Iwo Jima, 8 Jul 1945.

8 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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