16 Sep 1945
  • The US coastal minesweepers YMS-98 and YMS-341 were sunk off Okinawa, Japan during a typhoon. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Four surviving Japanese aircraft (three A6M and one Ki-46) at Rabaul, New Britain were flown to the Australian airfield at Jacquinot Bay in southeastern New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • In Shanghai, China, after being overworked, recovering from malaria (and at times overdosing on Atabrine), and taking too much Benzedrine and sleeping pills to help him work and rest, Milton Miles began showing signs of psychosis. On this date, he met with newly arrived Thomas Kinkaid in Shanghai, China; Kinkaid described Miles as suffering from "war shock". ww2dbase [Milton Miles | CPC]
  • Mongolian separatist leader Choibalsan visited Sonid, Suiyuan Province, China and met with the leaders of the separatists who had declared the People's Republic of South Mongolia six days prior. ww2dbase [Choibalsan | CPC]
French Indochina
  • The Viet Minh began the two-week long Gold Week fundraising event in northern French Indochina during which patriotic citizens donated jewelry, gold leaf, and other previous items to the Viet Minh, which had been burdened with feeding the Chinese occupation force in Tonkin. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Hong Kong
  • Japanese troops surrendered in Hong Kong at the Government House. Royal Navy Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt represented the United Kingdom, and Navy Vice Admiral Ruitaro Fujita and Army Major General Umekichi Okada represented Japan. ww2dbase [Japan's Surrender | AC, CPC]
Japan Korea
  • In Korea, Lieutenant General John Hodge continued to refuse recognizing the leftist Korean People's Republic as a legitimate government. Interpreting this as a hint that Hodge, and in turn the United States, was concerned with Korean People's Republic communist elements, stern anti-Communist Song Chinu founded a new rightist party, Korean Democratic Party. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Sterlet arrived at San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Sterlet | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Sep 1945
Instrument of Surrender of Japanese forces in Hong Kong signed 16 Sep 1945 by Royal Navy Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt and Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Ruitaro Fujita and Army Major General Umekichi OkadaTroops of Nationalist Chinese New 1st Army marching into Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, 16 Sep 1945Representatives of China, United Kingdom, and Japan signing the Japanese instrument of surrender for Hong Kong, Government House, Hong Kong, 16 Sep 1945British Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt reading the terms of surrender to the Japanese representatives, Government House, Hong Kong, 16 Sep 1945. At left is Chinese Major General Pan Hwa Kuei and far left is Adm Bruce Fraser
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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