World War Two History

Historical Events

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  • 1939-08-29 Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
  • 1939-09-01 World War II starts as Germany invades Poland by attacking the Free City of Danzig

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1939-09-05 FDR declares US neutrality at start of WW II in Europe

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1939-09-06 1st German air attack on Great Britain in WW II
  • 1939-09-06 World War II: The Battle of Barking Creek.
  • 1939-09-17 Soviet Union invades Eastern Poland, taking 217,000 Poles prisoner

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1939-09-28 German-Soviet Frontier Treaty is signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov; redraws German and Soviet spheres of influence in central Europe and transfers most of Lithuania to the USSR

Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop
Foreign Minister of the German Reich
Joachim von Ribbentrop
  • 1939-10-06 Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.
  • 1939-11-04 US allows "cash & carry" arms sales during WW II
  • 1939-11-06 World War II: 'Sonderaktion Krakau' - a Nazi operation against academics, with 184 professors arrested in Krakow and deported
  • 1939-12-24 World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
  • 1940-01-08 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • 1940-01-12 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • 1940-03-12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • 1940-04-09 Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
  • 1940-05-10 World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
  • 1940-05-27 World War II: In the Le Paradis massacre, 97 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit are shot after surrendering to German troops.
  • 1940-05-29 In WW II, Germans capture Ostend & Ypres in Belgium & Lille in France
  • 1940-06-05 Battle of France begins in WW II
  • 1940-06-09 Norway surrenders to Germany during WW II
  • 1940-06-10 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
  • 1940-06-10 Canada declares war on Italy.
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
  • 1940-06-15 World War II: France surrenders to NAZI Germany, German troops occupy Paris
  • 1940-06-17 France asks Germany for terms of surrender in WW II
  • 1940-06-17 World War II: sinking of the RMS Lancastria by the Luftwaffe near Saint-Nazaire, France.
  • 1940-06-24 France signs an armistice with Italy during WW II
  • 1940-08-07 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • 1940-09-15 Climax of the Battle of Britain, tide turns as Luftwaffe lose 56 aircraft, RAF 28
  • 1940-10-07 World War II: the McCollum memo proposes bringing the U.S. into the war in Europe by provoking the Japanese to attack the United States.
  • 1940-10-16 Lottery for 1st US WW II draftees held; #158 drawn 1st
  • 1940-11-14 During WW II, German planes destroy most of Coventry, England
  • 1940-11-16 World War II: In response to Germany's leveling of Coventry, England two days before, the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg.
  • 1940-11-20 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
  • 1940-12-22 World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • 1940-12-29 Germany drops its 1st incendiary bombs on London during the Blitz
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
  • 1941-01-10 World War II: The Greek army captures Kleisoura.

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1941-01-17 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1941-01-18 World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • 1941-03-02 World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
  • 1941-03-04 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • 1941-03-08 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)

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1941-03-22 James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II

  • 1941-04-17 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
  • 1941-06-26 Finland enters WW II against Russia
  • 1941-06-30 World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine.
  • 1941-07-07 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
  • 1941-07-13 World War II: Montenegrins start popular uprising against the Axis Powers (Trinaestojulski ustanak).
  • 1941-08-30 Siege of Leningrad by German troops begins during WWII

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1941-09-11 Charles Lindbergh, charges "British, Jewish & Roosevelt administration" are trying to get US into WW II

  • 1941-09-11 World War II: The U.S. Navy is ordered to attack German U-boats.
  • 1941-09-12 1st German ship in WW II captured by US ship (Busko)
  • 1941-09-17 World War II: A decree issued by the Soviet State Committee of Defense, restoring Vsevobuch "Universal compulsory military training of the citizens of the USSR" in the face of the "Great Patriotic War"

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1941-09-27 US launches its 1st Liberty ship, freighter SS Patrick Henry

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1941-10-17 1st US destroyer (Kearney) torpedoed in WW II, off Iceland
  • 1941-10-31 Prior to US joining WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • 1941-12-08 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • 1941-12-09 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
  • 1941-12-11 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • 1941-12-17 World War II: Beginning of the Siege of Sebastopol.
  • 1941-12-19 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WW II
  • 1941-12-20 World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
  • 1942-01-07 WW II siege of Bataan starts
  • 1942-01-13 World War II: First use of aircraft ejection seat by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
  • 1942-01-15 Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II
  • 1942-01-15 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
  • 1942-01-26 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • 1942-01-28 WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message "Sighted sub sank same"
  • 1942-02-04 Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
  • 1942-02-20 Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers, becomes America's first World War II flying ace

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1942-02-22 World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1942-03-29 The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
  • 1942-04-28 "WW II" titled so, as result of Gallup Poll
  • 1942-05-05 US begins rationing sugar during WW II
  • 1942-05-10 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
  • 1942-05-18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1942-05-30 1,047 bombers bomb Cologne in RAF's raid of WW II
  • 1942-06-04 Battle of Midway begins; Japan's 1st major defeat in WW II

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1942-06-07 Battle of Midway ends: Adm Nimitz wins 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1942-06-11 US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II
  • 1942-06-22 Jewish Brigade attached by British Army in WW II, forms
  • 1942-06-23 World War II: Germany's latest fighter, a Focke-Wulf FW190 is captured intact when it mistakenly lands at RAF Pembrey in Wales.
  • 1942-06-25 British RAF staged a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WW II)
  • 1942-07-04 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
  • 1942-07-18 Test flight of German Messerschmitt Me-262 using only its jet engines for the first time.
  • 1942-07-23 World War II: Operation Edelweiss (a German plan to gain control over the Caucasus) begins.
  • 1942-08-21 World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
  • 1942-08-23 World War II: last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia; the Italian Savoia Cavalleria charges Soviet infantry
  • 1942-10-12 US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance
  • 1942-10-23 During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
  • 1942-11-08 1st WW II American expeditionary force lands in Africa (Gold Coast)
  • 1942-11-11 During WW II Germany completes the occupation of France
  • 1942-11-12 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands (WWII)
  • 1942-11-15 World War II: First flight of the Heinkel He 219.
  • 1942-11-20 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • 1942-12-04 US bombers struck Italian mainland for first time in WW II

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1942-12-22 World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Famous Birthdays

  • 1801-08-21 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, WW II Dutch statesman/historian
  • 1877-08-29 Alfred DPR Pound, British admiral/1st Sealord (Jutland, WW II)
  • 1878-08-15 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron/general (White Armies, WW II)
  • 1878-10-29 Alex E von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II)
  • 1878-11-23 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations (WW II)

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1880-01-26 Douglas MacArthur, Little Rock Ark, US General (WW II), (d. 1964)

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1880-08-21 Johan H Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter/leader (OD)
  • 1881-05-20 Wladyslaw Sikorski, premier Poland (WW II general)
  • 1882-02-26 Walter Lucht, German artillery general (WW I/WW II)
  • 1882-04-23 Max [G M J] Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)
  • 1882-10-30 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific)
  • 1883-01-07 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (WW II)

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1884-12-30 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), born in Tokyo (d. 1948)

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo

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1885-02-24 Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1886-06-25 Henry "Hap" Arnold, commanding general, US Army Air Force (WW II)
  • 1887-01-26 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)
  • 1888-05-11 Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1890-07-11 Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WW II)

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1891-11-15 Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WWII - African campaign), born in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany (d. 1944)

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1892-03-11 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II)
  • 1892-03-18 Robert P Tristram Coffin, poet/reporter (WW II)
  • 1892-04-15 Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot (d. 1975)
  • 1892-05-07 Josip Broz Tito, WW II partisan, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80)
  • 1893-02-12 Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II (GI General)
  • 1894-07-27 Gerald F Bogan, US vice-admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean)
  • 1895-02-18 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II)
  • 1895-03-03 Matthew B Ridgway, US gen (WW II/China/Nicaragua/Korea/NATO)
  • 1895-10-04 Richard Sorge, German spy for USSR in Tokyo (WW II)
  • 1895-10-05 Walter Bedell Smith, US general (WW II)/head of CIA (1950-52)
  • 1896-06-22 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
  • 1897-04-23 Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
  • 1898-02-24 Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
  • 1899-06-20 Jean Moulin, hero of the French Resistance (WW II)
  • 1899-08-29 Lyman L Lemnitzer, Marine Corps general (WW II)
  • 1900-08-03 Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II
  • 1901-09-16 CFH "Freddie" Gough, British major scout (WW II, Arnhem)
  • 1901-10-19 Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
  • 1902-07-14 Truman J Hedding, US vice-admiral (WW II)
  • 1902-12-22 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, France, WW II hero (liberator of Paris)
  • 1903-03-22 James S Russell, US pilot/admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean)
  • 1904-10-30 Paul D Stoop, US vice-admiral (WW II-Coral Sea)
  • 1904-12-24 Herbert D Riley, US vice-admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal, Okinawa)
  • 1905-04-19 John S "Jimmy" Thach, US pilot/admiral (WW II)
  • 1905-05-18 Hedley Verity, cricketer (terrific slow lefty for England pre-WW II)
  • 1905-07-13 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
  • 1905-08-19 Fitzhugh Lee, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II, Navy Cross)
  • 1906-03-18 Roy L Johnson, US admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean)
  • 1908-01-12 Ben Seijes, Dutch historian (WW II)
  • 1908-01-16 Günther Prien, German World War II submarine captain (d. 1941)
  • 1909-01-28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 1909-02-03 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WW II), born in Paris, France
  • 1910-01-16 David McCampbell, US pilot/capt (WW II-Pacific-downed 34 Jap planes)
  • 1910-02-05 Martha van Och-Scholl, German/Dutch resistance fighter (WW II)
  • 1910-02-10 Dominique Pire, Belgium, educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)
  • 1910-02-21 Douglas R S Bader, British pilot (WW II)
  • 1910-03-16 Martijn Lijnema, boer/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • 1910-05-05 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II)
  • 1910-07-04 Francis D. Foley, US Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

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1910-11-11 Raemer Schreiber, American physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, born in McMinnville, Oregon (d. 1998)

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • 1910-12-09 Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • 1911-07-08 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • 1912-04-28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WW II)
  • 1912-07-18 Henry L "Hank" Miller, US pilot/lt adm (WW II-Pacific)
  • 1912-08-04 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews)
  • 1912-08-30 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Suriname/Neth WW II prosecutor of minor war crimes Tokyo
  • 1914-02-17 [Bert de] Wayne Morris, WW II-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1914-06-24 Pearl Witherington CBE, British WW II secret agent (d. 2008)
  • 1915-03-23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • 1915-07-11 Colin Purdie Kelly, US, 1st US air hero (during WW II)
  • 1915-12-13 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Vilnius, Lithuania, Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
  • 1916-01-09 Peter Twinn, English World War II code-breaker (d. 2004)
  • 1916-02-26 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1916-07-04 Tokyo Rose, [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], propagandist (WW II)
  • 1916-07-19 James D Ramage, US lt-Adm (WW II-Palau/Guam/Philippines)
  • 1916-11-05 Len Wilkinson, cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II)
  • 1916-11-20 Ferdinand AM van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter
  • 1917-02-22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • 1918-06-09 Rob de Vries, Dutch WW II resistance fighter/dir/actor (Ciske de Rat)
  • 1918-11-18 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero (d. 2007)
  • 1919-10-14 Edward L Feightner, US rear-admiral (WW II-Santa Cruz Islands)
  • 1919-12-13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1920-12-24 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (d. 1944)
  • 1921-02-28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1921-07-09 Jacob J Hage, Dutch farmer/WW II resistance fighter
  • 1921-10-29 Bill Mauldin, cartoonist (WW II Army grunts)
  • 1922-04-19 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircrafts)
  • 1922-07-14 Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)
  • 1922-12-12 Arthur R Hawkins, US pilot/capt (WW II, downed 14 jap planes)
  • 1923-07-28 Kent L Lee, US vice-admiral (WW II-Marianas/Palau)
  • 1924-04-12 Julius Moormann, student/resistance fighter (WW II)
  • 1924-09-24 Walter Fufido, Iwo Jima casualty (WW II), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1925-06-20 Audie Murphy, Kingston, Texas, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)

Famous Weddings

  • 1929-06-03 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (19) weds actress Joan Crawford (24) at St. Malachy in New York City
  • 1939-04-22 Actor and naval officer of World War II Douglas Fairbanks Jr (29) weds Huntington Hartford's former wife Mary Lee Hartford

Famous Deaths

  • 1915-10-12 Edith L Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium (WW II)
  • 1940-08-17 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • 1941-05-24 Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral (WW II-Hood), dies in battle
  • 1941-12-12 Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
  • 1942-07-15 Denis Moloney, cricketer (during WW II 3 Tests for NZ 1937), dies
  • 1942-08-21 Kiyoano Ichiki, Japanese colonel (WW II), dies
  • 1942-09-05 François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
  • 1942-09-27 Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies
  • 1943-10-21 Alfred DPR Pound, British admiral/1st Sealord (Jutland, WW II), dies
  • 1944-04-09 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (b. 1920)
  • 1944-05-19 Godfrey Wilson, British Anthropologist of social change and colonial problems in Africa, commits suicide as a conscientious objector in WW II

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1944-10-14 Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WW II-Africa), suicide at 52

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1944-11-06 Segundo "Boy" Ecury, Aruba, WW II resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • 1945-04-18 Ernest T Pyle, British/US newscaster, killed in WW II at 44
  • 1945-05-05 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1945-09-06 John S Mccain, US admiral, (WW II-Pacific Ocean), dies
  • 1946-02-21 José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
  • 1947-02-03 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • 1947-07-17 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34
  • 1947-11-28 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, WW II hero (liberator of Paris), dies at 44
  • 1949-05-25 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1955-01-24 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • 1956-01-12 John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (WW II Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • 1956-04-19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1958-01-30 Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WW II), dies at 70
  • 1958-04-18 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French generalissmo (WW I, WW II), dies at 85
  • 1959-08-16 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • 1961-03-07 Max Hymans, WW II resistance fighter/Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • 1961-08-09 Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75
  • 1963-06-12 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80
  • 1963-11-22 NKD Nanavati, Indies general-major (WW II), dies

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1964-04-05 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

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1966-02-20 Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1967-06-03 Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WW II), dies at 76
  • 1968-05-14 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • 1970-03-31 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II), dies at 75
  • 1970-05-12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • 1971-05-30 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • 1974-07-14 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83
  • 1978-01-22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)
  • 1981-06-17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • 1981-07-12 Ben Seijes, historian (WW II), dies at 73
  • 1982-01-19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WW II), dies at 77
  • 1982-09-05 Douglas Bader, RAF fighter pilot in World War II (b. 1910)
  • 1983-04-17 Mark W Clark, US general (WW II), dies at 87
  • 1987-04-08 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • 1987-04-19 Maxwell D Taylor, US commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85
  • 1987-08-06 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WW II), dies at 91
  • 1987-11-26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71
  • 1988-01-11 Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, ace WW II pilot, dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1988-06-25 Axis Sally, [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WW II), dies
  • 1989-11-25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • 1990-02-07 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • 1990-09-07 Alan J P Taylor, British historian (Origins of WW II), dies
  • 1990-10-11 Douglas Edwards, WW II correspondent, dies of cancer at 73
  • 1990-11-14 Malcolm Muggeridge, WW II spy for Britain, dies at 87
  • 1991-01-05 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • 1993-02-08 Paul Brickhill, Dutch/US WW II pilot/physician, dies
  • 1993-02-28 Fer A Olthoff, Dutch WW II resistance fighter (Het Parool), dies
  • 1993-07-11 Henri van Soede, sub commandant (WW II), dies at about 83
  • 1993-07-21 Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
  • 1993-12-20 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • 1994-12-11 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WW II), dies at 102
  • 1996-07-17 Paul Touvier, French WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • 1997-05-31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • 1997-09-22 Shoichi Yokoi, Jap WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82

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1998-12-24 Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • 2000-07-12 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II (b. 1908)
  • 2003-01-22 Bill Mauldin, American World War II cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 2006-03-22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2006-11-12 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007-01-02 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
  • 2007-10-11 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2008-06-16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • 2008-09-03 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator, led 4th Fighter Group during World War II. (b.1918)
  • 2009-06-17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • 2010-04-08 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2010-12-23 Fred Hargesheimer, American World War II pilot (b. 1916)