13 Aug 1945

Australia China
  • The secessionist self-proclaimed nation of Mongolia declared war on Japan. ww2dbase [Mongolia | AC]
  • He Yingqin arrived in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Refusing to obey Chiang Kaishek's orders, Communist leader Zhu De moved his troops toward northeastern China. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Emperor Kangde, the royal court, and most of the ministers of the puppet nation of Manchukuo arrived at Dalizigou, Tonghua, Andong Province, China. ww2dbase [Puyi | Manchurian Strategic Offensive | Tonghua, Andong | CPC]
  • General Qian Dajun was appointed the mayor of Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Indochina
  • The Indochinese Communist Party held a meeting in Tan Trao northwest of Hanoi, Tonkin, French Indochina. The meeting was presided over by Ho Chi Minh. The Communists decided to fight the imminent return of the French, and that they would attempt to befriend US and USSR, possibly gaining their support against the French. ww2dbase [Trao, Tonkin | CPC]
  • USS Macabi departed Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Macabi | CPC]
  • Carrier aircraft from USS Ticonderoga (Air Group 87), USS Yorktown, and USS Shangri-La struck Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Preparations for Invasion of Japan | Shangri-La | Ticonderoga | Tokyo | DS]
  • Lieutenant Oscar Perdomo of 507th Fighter Group of US 20th Air Force, became the last air ace of the war when he destroyed five Japanese fighters during an offensive sweep over Kyushu island, Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Following an aerial torpedo damaging USS Pennsylvania in Buckner Bay, Okinawa the day before, USS St. Louis began retiring to sea every night before returning to Buckner Bay every morning. ww2dbase [St. Louis | Buckner Bay, Okinawa | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Carbonero sank two schooners with her deck gun in the Gulf of Siam-South China Sea area. ww2dbase [Carbonero | South China Sea | CPC]
  • I-400 reached the location south of Ulithi, Caroline Islands and waited for I-401 to arrive; her commanding officer did not realize that the rendezvous point had changed to another location 1,000 miles to the west. ww2dbase [I-400 | CPC]
  • USS Croaker arrived at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, ending her sixth and final war patrol. ww2dbase [Croaker | Subic Bay | CPC]
  • USS Ray arrived at US Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippine Islands to replenish her stock of ammunition; her patrol was called off while in port. ww2dbase [Ray | Olongapo, Zambales | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 13 Aug 1945
Song Ziwen arriving in Moscow, Russia, circa 13-14 Aug 1945Vyacheslav Molotov welcoming Song Ziwen to the Soviet Union, Moscow, Russia, circa 13-14 Aug 1945Vyacheslav Molotov welcoming a Chinese diplomat to the Soviet Union, Moscow, Russia, circa 13-14 Aug 1945; note Song Ziwen in backgroundIllustration a typical defense system on the face of Iegusugu Pinnacle, Okinawa, Japan; seen in CINCPAC-CINCPOA Weekly Intelligence, Vol 2, No 5, 13 Aug 1945

13 Aug 1945 Interactive Map

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