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September 1945
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SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 1945

CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater) Fourteenth Air Force: The flights of the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Fourteenth AF, at Chihkiang and Nanning, China with F-5s, return to base at Chanyi.

WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: The 371st and 372d Bombardment Squadrons (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy), move from Morotai to Clark Field with B-24s. Lost is B-17G Flying Fortress 44-83581 (KIA, MIA)

SUNDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1945

(USN) Hostilities with Japan end officially with the signing of the instrument of surrender aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay. 462 B-29 Superfortress bombers fly over the battleship USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay during the ceremonial surrender of Japan. Dubbed Victory Japan Day (V-J Day) marking the end of World War II in the Pacific.

MONDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RAAF) Lost dropping surrender leaflets is Beaufort A9-622 (KIA) killing the entire crew.

TUESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1945

WEDNESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 1945

(Royal Navy) HMS Sussex (96) entered Singapore Harbor as part of "Operation Tiderace". After anchoring, General SeishirĊ Itagaki, commander of the Japanese garrison at Singapore was brought aboard to sign the instrument of surrender for the forces under his command.

THURSDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 1945

(5th AF) Lost are B-25D "Shifless Skonk" 41-30765 (MIA) and C-47A "Sure Skin" 42-23860 (MIA).

FRIDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 1945

SATURDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 1945

(5th AF) Lost on an administrative flight is B-25H 43-4915 (MIA).

SUNDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RAAF) Force landed is C-47 A65-38 and later repaired.

MONDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 1945

(US Army) General Johnathan Wainwright is honored at the White House by President Harry Truman, who presents him with the Medal Of Honor for his actions in the Philippines.

(Australian Army) Rear-Admiral Sato boarded ML 805 in the Kairuru Strait and surrendered the remaining Japanese Navy forces under his command on Muschu Island and Kairuru Island by handed over his sword to Australian Army Major-General Robertson, commander of the 6th Division.

TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RAAF) Lost is C-47 A65-56 (MIA) after take off from Milne Bay.

(Japanese Army) Japanese Army Lt General Hatazo Adachi, commander of the 18th Army accompanied by his staff walked to the Australian lines at Kiarivu.

WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 1945

(Japanese Army) Japanese Army Lt General Hatazo Adachi, commander of the 18th Army accompanied by his staff depart Kiarivu for Maprik.

THURSDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 1945

(Australian Army) Japanese Army 18th Army commander Lt. General Hatazo Adachi officially surrenders the Japanese Army forces under his command in a ceremony at Cape Wom Airfield in the presence of 3,000 troops drawn from various units of the Australian Army 6th Division. Afterwards, he attended meetings with Australian Army staff to discuss arrangements related to the surrender.

Australian forces accept the surrender of the Japanese garrison of roughly 500 on Nauru Island.

On September 13, 1945, the Nauru Island garrison represented by IJA Captain Hisayuki Soeda and IJN Lieutenant Commander Kishimoto officially surrendered roughly 500 to the Allies aboard HMAS Diamantina (K377). Afterwards, Australian forces occupy the island.

FRIDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 1945

(Australian Army) Japanese Army General Hatazo Adachi is flown back to his headquarters near Kiarivu.

SATURDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1945

SUNDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 1945

MONDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 1945

TUESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RAAF) Dakota A65-61 is lost on a flight from Biak to Townsville.

(RNZAF) A group of Japanese aircraft that survived at Rabaul were painted in surrender markings and surrendered to New Zealand personnel. The group included: Ki-46 Dinah, A6M5 Zero 4043 and two other Zeros. Flown by Japanese crews, the aircraft took off from Vunakanau Airfield to Jacquinot Bay Airfield. After landing, the pilots saluted, made a report and were flown back to Rabaul aboard a RNZAF PBY Catalina.

WEDNESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RAAF) Ditched is C-47 A65-6.

THURSDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RNZAF) Lost is F4U Corsair NZ5418 (KIA)

FRIDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 1945

(RAAF) The last of 5,562 Bristol Beaufighters leaves the assembly line.

SATURDAY, 22 September 1945
(RAAF) Lost is Spitfire A58-489 (KIA).

(RNZAF) Lost is PV-1 Ventura NZ4618 (crew rescued)

(USAAF) Lost is C-46 Commando 44-78455 (KIA)

SUNDAY, 23 September 1945

MONDAY, 24 September 1945

TUESDAY, 25 September 1945

WEDNESDAY, 26 September 1945

THURSDAY, 27 September 1945

FRIDAY, 28 September 1945

SATURDAY, 29 September 1945

SUNDAY, 30 September 1945
(USAAF) Ditched is C-46 44-77317 (crew rescued).

 

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