World War Two History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 314


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1942-06-07 Battle of Midway ends: Admiral Chester Nimitz wins 1st World War II naval defeat of Japan

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1942-06-11 US and 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 stages a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WWII)
  • 1942-07-04 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WWII)
  • 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.
  • 1942-08-19 World War II: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-08-19 World War II: General Friedrich Paulus orders the German 6th Army to conquer Stalingrad

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1942-08-21 World War II: German soldiers plant the Nazi flag on Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus
  • 1942-08-23 World War II: last cavalry charge in history takes place at Isbushenskij, Russia; the Italian Savoia Cavalleria charges Soviet infantry
  • 1942-09-09 1st bombing on continental US soil at Mount Emily, Oregon during WWII by Japanese planes
  • 1942-10-12 US navy defeats Japanese in WW II Battle of Cape Esperance
  • 1942-10-23 During WWII, 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 WWII Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands
  • 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
  • 1942-12-01 With WWII travel restrictions in mind, MLB owners decide to restrict travel to a 3-trip schedule rather than customary 4; Spring training in 1943 limited to locations north of Potomac or Ohio rivers and east of the Mississippi
  • 1942-12-04 US bombers strike Italian mainland for first time in WW II

InventionHistoric Invention

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
  • 1943-01-05 Teams agrees to start season later due to WW II
  • 1943-01-14 World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-01-14 World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel overseas by airplane

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Conference of InterestCasablanca Conference

1943-01-14 World War II: Casablanca Conference begins between Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Henri Giraud, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill at the Casablanca Conference
Henri Giraud, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill at the Casablanca Conference
  • 1943-01-15 World War II: The Soviets begin a counter-offensive at Voronezh
  • 1943-02-02 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • 1943-02-09 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
  • 1943-02-14 The Soviet Union recaptures the city of Rostov-on-Don, liberating Russia from the German 17th Army during WWII
  • 1943-02-16 World War II: The USSR reconquers Kharkov.
  • 1943-02-24 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-03-14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"

SS Officer Amon Göth
SS Officer
Amon Göth
  • 1943-03-29 Meat (784 gram/week, 2 kilogram for GI's), butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II
  • 1943-04-05 Allies bomb Mortsel, Belgium's worse lose of life during WWII (936 civilians)

  • 1943-04-06 British & US armies link up in Africa during WW II
  • 1943-05-01 Food rationing begins in the United States during World War II
  • 1943-05-17 World War II: the Dambuster Raids by No. 617 Squadron RAF on German dams
  • 1943-07-10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
  • 1943-07-12 World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • 1943-07-19 500 allied air forces raid Rome during WW II
  • 1943-07-28 Operation Gomorrah: RAF bombing over Hamburg causes a firestorm that kills 42,600 German civilians
  • 1943-08-05 World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky
  • 1943-08-25 US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
  • 1943-09-08 Italy surrenders to Allies in WWII
  • 1943-09-17 World War II: Soviet city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazis.
  • 1943-10-01 Allied forces captured Naples during WW II
  • 1943-10-26 World War II: First flight of the Dornier Do 335 "Pfeil".
  • 1943-10-31 World War II: F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1943-11-16 World War II: American bombers strike a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.
  • 1944-01-03 World War II: Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero.
  • 1944-01-22 Allied forces begin landing at Anzio on the Italian mainland
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: The Battle of Cisterna takes place in central Italy.
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland
  • 1944-01-30 World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • 1944-02-03 World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.
  • 1944-02-20 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers
  • 1944-02-22 World War II: US Army Air Forces accidentally bomb Dutch town of Nijmegen, around 800 civilians die
  • 1944-04-05 World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans

Battle of InterestD-Day

1944-04-07 World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul's School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-06-05 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel goes on leave just before WWII D-Day landings by the Allies

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1944-06-06 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • 1944-06-10 World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops
  • 1944-06-19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • 1944-06-30 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces
  • 1944-07-09 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan falls
  • 1944-07-15 Greenwich Observatory damaged by WW II flying bomb
  • 1944-07-23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • 1944-07-25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-08-13 Allied generals Bernard Montgomery, Miles Dempsey and Omar Bradley discuss a future breakthrough in the European theatre during World War II

British WWII General Miles Dempsey
British WWII General
Miles Dempsey
US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-08-18 Chartres freed by US 3rd Army forces during WWII led by General George S. Patton

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • 1944-09-02 Future US President George H. W. Bush bails from a burning plane during a mission in the Pacific
  • 1944-09-17 Operation Market Garden: In the largest airborne operation of WWII, Allied paratroopers land in the Netherlands in a failed attempt to capture the Arnhem bridge over the Rhine
  • 1944-09-26 World War II: Battle of Arnhem ends in Allied failure as German forces link up on both sides of the Lower Rhine river and mop up last British resistance
  • 1944-10-13 US 1st army begins battle of Aachen, first German city captured during WWII
  • 1944-10-18 Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II
  • 1944-10-21 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
  • 1944-10-30 Sweden announces intention to stay neutral & refuse sanctuary in WW II
  • 1944-10-30 Tholen Island (Netherlands) freed during WWII
  • 1944-11-01 World War II: Units of the British Army land at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
  • 1944-11-19 World War II: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announces the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion USD in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
  • 1944-11-25 World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.
  • 1944-12-03 Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations
  • 1944-12-31 World War II: Hungary declares war on Germany.
  • 1945-01-07 The last surface engagement between Allies and Japanese in the Pacific campaign, World War II
  • 1945-01-12 The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-01-23 World War II: Karl Dönitz launches Operation Hannibal.

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz

Conference of InterestYalta Conference

1945-02-04 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of World War II
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Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin
Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II

Battle of InterestBombing of Dresden

1945-02-14 World War II: Prague is bombed probably due to a mistake in the orientation of the pilots bombing Dresden.
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Dresden after the Allied firebombing campaign in 1945
Dresden after the Allied firebombing campaign in 1945
  • 1945-02-14 World War II: Mostar is liberated by Yugoslav partisans.
  • 1945-02-25 World War II: Turkey declares war on Germany.
  • 1945-03-05 World War II: The Battle of the Ruhr begins.
  • 1945-03-15 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • 1945-03-21 During WW II Allied bombers begin 4-day raid over Germany

Battle of InterestBattle of Okinawa

1945-03-23 Battle of Okinawa: US Navy ships bomb the Japanese island of Okinawa in preparation for the Allied invasion; it would become the largest battle of the Pacific War in World War II
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British navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
British navy vessel HMS Formidable on fire during the Battle of Okinawa after being struck by a kamikaze
  • 1945-03-27 World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins.
  • 1945-03-29 World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England

Famous Birthdays

  • 1910-12-09 Stephen Jurika Jr, US pilot/capt (WW II, Santa Cruz, Navy Cross)
  • 1911-02-09 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • 1911-07-08 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • 1911-08-01 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), born in Quetta, India (d. 2005)

Person of interestClare Hollingworth

1911-10-10 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, born in Knighton, England (d. 2017)

Journalist Clare Hollingworth
Journalist
Clare Hollingworth
  • 1912-03-30 Jack Cowie, cricketer (successful NZ fast bowler either side of WWII)
  • 1912-04-28 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), born in Amiens, France (d. 1995)
  • 1912-07-18 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), born in Fairbanks, Alaska (d. 1993)
  • 1912-08-04 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews), born in Lidingö Municipality, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1912-08-30 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • 1912-12-04 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (d. 1988)
  • 1913-06-28 Walter Oesau, German fighter pilot (WWII), born in Farnewinkel, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1914-01-01 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and British Special Operations Executive agent in WWII posthumously awarded the George Cross, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1914-02-09 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, born in Oslo (d. 1998)
  • 1914-02-17 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1959)
  • 1914-05-28 W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British WWII flying ace, born in Madras, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1914-06-03 Ronald George "Tim" Woodman, British WWII pilot, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • 1914-06-24 Pearl Witherington CBE, British WW II secret agent (d. 2008)
  • 1914-11-09 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1995)
  • 1915-01-29 Halfdan Rasmussen, Danish poet/WWII resistance fighter (Skoven)
  • 1915-03-23 Vasily Zaitsev, Soviet World War II hero (d. 1991)
  • 1915-04-03 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, born in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jabron, France (d. 1996)
  • 1915-07-11 Colin Kelly, American B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and 1st US air hero during WW II, born in Madison, Florida (d. 1941)
  • 1915-10-11 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, born in Santiago, Philippines (d. 2017)
  • 1915-11-25 Ron Hamence, cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII)
  • 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, born in Streatham, London (d. 2004)
  • 1916-02-26 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • 1916-03-17 Donald Gibson, British vice-admiral, Fleet Air Arm pilot of the WWII
  • 1916-07-02 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, born in Konradswaldau, German Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1916-07-04 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), born in Los Angeles (d. 2006)
  • 1916-07-19 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2012)
  • 1916-08-25 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, born in Saga District, Japan (d. 2000)
  • 1916-11-05 Len Wilkinson, English cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II), born in Northwich, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1916-11-20 Ferdinand Alphons Marie van der Ham, Dutch WW II resistance fighter, born in Voorburg, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1917-01-26 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", born in Olean, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1917-02-22 Harmen van Rossum, civil servant/resistance fighter (WWII)
  • 1917-03-10 Frank Perconte, American sergeant from Easy Company during WWII.
  • 1917-07-27 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2002)
  • 1917-12-14 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years), born in Longdenville, Trinidad (d. 1961)
  • 1918-04-23 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • 1918-05-10 George Welch, American World War II flying ace (Medal of Honor nominee) and test pilot, born in Wawaset Park, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • 1918-06-13 Helmut Lent, German night-fighter ace in World War II, born in Pyrehne, Landsberg (d. 1944)
  • 1918-09-11 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, born in Fairport Harbor, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1918-09-30 Lewis Nixon, WWII Veteran (d. 1996)
  • 1918-11-18 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero, born in Nelson, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1919-04-05 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)
  • 1919-04-15 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), born in Conoor near Poona, India (d. 1996)
  • 1919-10-14 Edward L. Feightner, American rear-admiral (WW II-Santa Cruz Islands), born in Lima, Ohio
  • 1919-12-13 Hans-Joachim Marseille, German flying ace of World War II (d. 1942)
  • 1920-01-30 Carwood Lipton, American WWII veteran, born in Huntingon, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1920-12-24 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine, born in Berdyansk, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • 1921-02-20 Joseph A. Walker, American experimental physicist, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1921-02-28 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1921-03-02 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1921-06-26 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, born in Paris, France (d. 1945)
  • 1921-07-09 Jacob J. Hage, Dutch farmer and WW II resistance fighter
  • 1921-10-29 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), born in Mountain Park, New Mexico (d. 2003)
  • 1922-04-19 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircrafts), born in Weissach, Württemberg, Weimar Republic (d. 1993)
  • 1922-04-23 Boy Ecury [Segundo Jorge Adelberto Ecury], member of the Dutch Resistance in World War II, born in Oranjestad, Aruba (d. 1944)
  • 1922-06-26 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1922-07-14 Robin Olds, American World War II and Vietnam War ace fighter pilot (d. 2007)
  • 1922-12-12 Arthur R. Hawkins, American naval aviator and flying ace (WW II, downed 14 Japanese planes), born in Zavalla, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1923-02-05 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, born in Basin, Wyoming (d. 2016)
  • 1923-04-28 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1923-07-03 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1923-07-28 Kent L Lee, US vice-admiral (WW II-Marianas/Palau)
  • 1924-04-12 Julius Moormann, Dutch student and resistance fighter (WWII), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1924-05-14 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • 1925-06-20 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), born in Kingston, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1927-01-14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & WWII survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1931-02-10 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 1989)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

  • 1978-01-22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • 1978-02-09 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • 1978-04-16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • 1978-10-10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • 1980-02-17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76

Person of interestOmar Bradley

1981-04-08 Omar Bradley, American WWII General (Invasion of Normandy) and 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53), dies of cardiac arrhythmia at 88

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
  • 1981-04-15 John Thach, American WWII naval aviator (developed the Thach Weave) & USN admiral, dies at 75
  • 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 (WWII), dies at 73
  • 1982-01-19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1982-07-08 Virginia Hall [Goillot], American spy with British Special Operations during WWII (1940-1966), dies at 76
  • 1982-09-05 Douglas Bader, RAF fighter pilot in World War II (b. 1910)
  • 1982-09-10 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, dies at 100
  • 1982-12-18 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German Combat pilot and highest-decorated German soldier of WWII, dies at 66
  • 1983-04-17 Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), 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, American commander 101st airborne (WWII), dies at 85
  • 1987-08-06 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • 1987-10-25 Cecil Brown, American war correspondent (worked closely with Edward R. Murrow during WW II), dies at 80
  • 1987-11-26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71
  • 1988-01-11 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1988-06-25 Axis Sally, [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • 1989-02-12 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • 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)

Person of interestA. J. P. Taylor

1990-09-07 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), dies at 84

Historian A. J. P. Taylor
Historian
A. J. P. Taylor
  • 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
  • 1992-04-30 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies
  • 1993-01-25 Henry Louis Miller, American Rear Admiral (WW II-Pacific), dies at 80
  • 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 (WWII), dies at about 83
  • 1993-07-21 Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
  • 1993-09-20 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircrafts), dies at 71
  • 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 (WWII), dies at 102
  • 1995-03-13 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), dies at 82
  • 1995-08-02 Colin Falkland Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War, dies at 80
  • 1996-07-17 Paul Touvier, French-Nazi WW II criminal, dies at 81
  • 1996-09-14 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1996-09-20 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, dies at 81
  • 1996-12-11 W. G. G. Duncan-Smith, British WWII fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1997-05-31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • 1997-09-22 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • 1997-12-06 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91

Person of interestRaemer Schreiber

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
  • 1999-11-08 Francis D. Foley, American Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), dies at 89
  • 2000-07-12 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, dies at 98
  • 2000-09-22 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, dies at 84
  • 2000-11-02 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, dies at 76
  • 2001-07-26 Rex Barber, American WWII aviator (b. 1917)
  • 2002-07-21 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), dies at 84
  • 2003-01-22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • 2004-04-18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • 2005-07-28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • 2006-03-22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2006-06-28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • 2006-09-26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • 2006-11-12 General Jacob E. Smart, US Air Force leader World War II (b. 1909)
  • 2007-01-02 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor & World War II researcher, dies at 82
  • 2007-10-11 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2008-05-12 Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • 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 who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, dies at 90
  • 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)
  • 2011-08-07 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • 2012-01-02 Gordon Hirabayashi, American sociologist & opponent to Japanese-American internment, dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2012-07-21 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, dies at 96
  • 2014-03-08 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • 2014-07-02 Louis Zamperini, American World War II veteran whose story of capture by the Japanese inspired the movie "Unbroken", dies at 97
  • 2014-12-21 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • 2015-08-03 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • 2016-08-08 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93
  • 2016-11-08 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, dies at 101

Person of interestClare Hollingworth

2017-01-10 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, dies at 105

Journalist Clare Hollingworth
Journalist
Clare Hollingworth
  • 2017-04-22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • 2017-09-27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • 2018-12-28 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), dies at 108