September 2, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SUNDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1945
USN: At 7:00am the press corps including 170 newsmen an cameramen aboard USS Buchanan DD-484 board USS Missouri (BB-63) to cover the surrender ceremony. Afterwards, senior military officers board from every Allied nation arrive from launches and destroyers. At 8:43am General Douglas MacArthur and Fleet Admiral Nimitz boarded. Displayed nearby was a framed U. S. flag flown by Commodore Matthew C. Perry's flagship USS Susquehanna when it entered Edo Bay (Tokyo Bay) on July 8, 1853. At 8:56am the Japanese representatives boarded led by Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu. At 9:02am General Douglas MacArthur stepped to the microphones and began the twenty-three minute ceremony. The Japanese emissaries signed the instrument of surrender officially ending the Pacific War and World War II. Closing the ceremony, General Douglas MacArthur states: "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always. These proceedings are closed!" At 9:30am the Japanese representatives departed followed by MacArthur and Nimitz then the senior officers.
20th AF: A massive formation of 462 B-29 Superfortresses
fly over the U. S. Navy fleet in Tokyo Bay during the surrender ceremony.