The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm carrier planes destroy the Japanese oil refinery near Palembang, on Sumatra.
A USN Task Force reports pounding targets around Tokyo.
The USN hit Kure naval base in the Inland Sea, Southwest of Tokyo.
The U.S. Navy begins the pre-invasion bombardment of Okinawa firing more than half a million shells and rockets in a week.
Admiral Nimitz is appointed as C-in-C of all naval forces in the Pacific.
The U.S. fleet off Okinawa is hit by the first suicide raid, code named ‘Floating Chrysanthemum I’. During this attack, three destroyers are sunk, while 116 Japanese aircraft are destroyed.
The battle of East China Sea begins as U.S. aircraft from Task Force 58 sink the Japanese super-battleship Yamato in a three-hour battle, 60 miles to the Southeast of Japan. Japanese casualties are reported as 2,488 sailors killed, four destroyers sunk, 58 aircraft destroyed.
The U.S. Fleet begins the pre-invasion bombardment of Ie Island in the Pacific.
Kamikaze flyers sink 17 U.S. ships in 24 hours off Okinawa.
The first allied cargo ship for three years enters Wewak harbour, in New Guinea.
The U.S. submarine Trenchant sinks a Hagura Class Japanese cruiser in the Southwest Pacific.
The U.S. Third Fleet shells Kamaishi, 275 miles north of Tokyo.
The U.S. Third Fleet shells the steel centre on Hokkaido Island in the Japanese homeland. It is reported that 108,000 tons of shipping has been sunk in last two days attacks.
Allied carrier planes hit Japanese naval forces in Tokyo Bay, sinking 12 ships and damaging nine, including the battleship Nagato.
The Allies launch a massive 36-hour air and sea bombardment of Kure naval base and other ports on the Japanese coast from Osaka to Nagoya, sinking and escort carrier and 12 other warships, as well as 84 cargo vessels sunk or damaged and over 200 planes destroyed or damaged.
The remnants of Japanese battle fleet are destroyed in three days of attacks over the Japanese Inland Sea, as the Americans deploy 2,000 carrier-planes and bombers in action.
A British midget submarine attack on Singapore sinks the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao.
The USN announce on Guam, that the complete blockade of the Japanese homeland has now been achieved.
U.S. carrier aircraft from a naval task group strike Japanese shipping in Tinghai Harbour, China. U.S. carrier aircraft bomb Wake Island, Micronesia.
One of the greatest international armadas ever assembled, enters the Bay of Sagami, Tokyo.
Two Japanese submarines, the largest in the world (5,500 tons), surrender in Sagami Bay after completing their first and only operational trip.