The Japanese hang the spy Richard Sorge at Sugamo Prison, Tokyo. He has been working for eight years as the Tokyo correspondent for a German newspaper, and during this time has sent the Soviet Union detailed information concerning German and Japanese plans, including the attack on the Soviet Union in 1941.
Western Front, Belgium
The Canadian First Army completes the clearing of the Scheldt estuary. It takes 41,000 prisoners during the operation at a cost of 12,873 men killed, wounded, and missing.
Western Front, France
General George Patton’s US Third Army (500,000 men and 500 tanks) crosses the Moselle River on a broad Front toward the heart of the Reich.
Pacific, Iwo Jima
The US Navy bombards the Japanese-held island for the first time.
Air War, Norway
RAF Lancaster bombers from 9 and 617 Squadrons sink the German battleship Tirpitz in Altenfiord, killing 1100 of its crew when the ship capsizes.
Air War, Japan
American B-29 Superfortress bombers mount their first raid against Tokyo from the Mariana Islands.