4 Sep 1945
  • RAF aircraft dropped fresh uniforms and 88,000 Red Cross parcels on prisoners of war camps throughout the South East Asia region. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Japanese troops on Wake Island surrendered. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | TH]
  • Seishiro Itagaki surrendered to Allied troops in Singapore. ww2dbase [Seishiro Itagaki | CPC]
  • Captain James A. Jordan was made the commanding officer of USS Proteus, replacing Captain Charles Day. ww2dbase [Proteus | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed Manila Bay escorting a convoy bound for Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • At Kandy, Ceylon, Thai negotiators rejected Louis Mountbatten's demand for Thailand to sign an interim military agreement. Thailand, as support by the United States, argued that the 21-point military agreement was political in nature. ww2dbase [Kandy | CPC]
  • Dai Li, with Chiang Kaishek's support, dissolved the Sino-American Special Technical Cooperative Organization (SACO) as its mission had been concluded successfully. ww2dbase [Dai Li | CPC]
  • Milton Miles arrived in Shanghai, China by aircraft to prepared for the arrival of the US Navy 7th Fleet. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | Shanghai | CPC]
French Indochina
  • An Office of Strategic Services team led by Lieutenant Colonel Peter Dewey arrived in Saigon, French Indochina to begin investigating war crimes and to collect intelligence. Dewey was immediately contacted, by letter, by member of the Republic of Vietnam to seek US support for the Vietnamese independence movement. ww2dbase [Saigon, Cochinchina | CPC]
Japan Malaya
  • Formal Japanese surrender of Malaya took place aboard HMS Nelson off Penang, Malaya. SEAC ordered Japanese personnel in the region to treat Malapan People's Anti-Japanese Army guerrilla fighters as if they were Allied troops. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | Penang | CPC]
  • The Soviet State Defense Committee, GKO, was disbanded. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Pulau Bukom, Singapore and returned to the main Singapore port. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Singapore | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland arrived at Singapore. ww2dbase [Cumberland | Singapore | DS]
United States
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue departed Seattle, Washington bound for Alameda, California. ww2dbase [Bogue | Seattle, Washington | DS]
Photo(s) dated 4 Sep 1945
US Army Lieutenant General Lucian Truscott of 5th Army saluting guidon of Co. L, 3rd Btn, 442nd RCT, Livorno, Italy, 4 Sep 1945; note Presidential Unit Citation banner on guidonGeneral Seishiro Itagaki signing surrender documents aboard HMS Sussex at Singapore, 4 Sep 1945Raising the US flag over Wake Island after JapanJapanese RAdm Shigematsu Sakaibara signing the surrender of Wake Island to US Marine BGen Lawson Sanderson aboard USS Levy, 4 Sep 1945. Care was made to ensure the Japanese surrendered Wake to the Marines.

4 Sep 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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