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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- EVENTS -- World War II in the Pacific -- Japan Capitulates --
Allied Fleet off Japan, 15 August - 2 September 1945

The Allied Fleet in Sagami Wan and Tokyo Bay, 27 August - 2 September, Part I.

This page presents views of groups of U.S. and British warships in Sagami Wan (Bay) and Tokyo Bay through 2 September, when the Japanese formal surrender took place. They initially entered Sagami Wan on 27 August. Tokyo Bay was first entered over the next two days.

For views of and on board individual ships in Sagami and Tokyo Bays during this time, see The Allied Fleet in Sagami Wan and Tokyo Bay 27 August - 2 September, Part II.

For links to further pictorial coverage of the Allied Fleets off Japan during 15 August - 2 September 1945, see: Overview and Special Image Selection

For views of other aspects of Japan's surrender, see: Japan Capitulates, August - September 1945

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the Online Library's digital images, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Photo #: 80-G-490414

Sagami Wan, Japan


The sun sets behind Mount Fujiyama on 27 August 1945, as seen from USS Missouri anchored in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay. Ships of the U.S. Third Fleet and the British Pacific Fleet are in the distance. Closest to the camera, in center, is HMS Duke of York, with HMS King George V next beyond her.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 72KB; 740 x 610 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-490487

Surrender of Japan, 1945


U.S. and British warships anchored in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay, Japan, on the day the Allied ships entered Japanese waters, 27 August 1945.
Photographed from USS South Dakota (BB-57) as the sun set behind Mount Fuji's distinctive cone.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 111KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-K-6523 (Color)

U.S. and British Warships in Sagami Wan, Japan


Photographed circa 27-29 August 1945. The HMS King George V (British Battleship, 1939-1958) is in the center, closest to the camera. Other ships visible in the background, include, from left to right:
Two Idaho class battleships;
USS San Juan (CL-54);
USS Missouri (BB-63);
USS Pasadena (CL-65);
USS South Dakota (BB-57);
a Fletcher class destroyer underway;
USS Iowa (BB-61) and
HMS Duke of York (British battleship, 1940-1958);

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 78KB; 740 x 630 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-339360

Sagami Wan, Japan


Warships of the U.S. Third Fleet and the British Pacific Fleet in Sagami Wan, 28 August 1945, preparing for the the formal Japanese surrender a few days later. Mount Fujiyama is in the background.
Nearest ship is USS Missouri (BB-63), flying Admiral William F. Halsey's four-star flag.
British battleship Duke of York is just beyond her, with HMS King George V further in.
USS Colorado (BB-45) is in the far center distance.
Also present are U.S. and British cruisers and U.S. destroyers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 64KB; 640 x 715 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-339379

Surrender of Japan, 1945


Two Third Fleet heavy cruisers anchored in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay, Japan, 28 August 1945.
Closest ship is USS Quincy (CA-71). The other is USS Boston (CA-69).
Photographed by Lt. G.D. Rogers, of USS Shangri-La (CV-38).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 145KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-344505

USS Twining (DD-540)


Steams in Sagami Wan, outside of Tokyo Bay, in company with other Third Fleet warships, to support the occupation of Yokosuka naval base, 28 August 1945. Mount Fuji is in the left center distance
Photographed from USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 79KB; 740 x 595 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 80-G-344503

USS Cumberland Sound (AV-17)


Remote PPI radar scope image, photographed as the seaplane tender entered Tokyo Bay with U.S. occupation forces, 28 August 1945.
The scope is set at ten-mile scale.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 64KB; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 96780

USS Missouri (BB-63)


Steaming to her anchorage in Tokyo Bay for the formal signing of the Japanese surrender, 29 August 1945.
A destroyer is alongside Missouri, and USS Iowa is beyond.
This photograph was flown to Washington, DC, directly from Japan, arriving on 2 September 1945, the day the Japanese surrender was signed.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 158KB; 610 x 765 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 90519

USS Proteus (AS-19)


With submarines of Submarine Squadron 20 alongside in Tokyo Bay, on VJ-Day, 2 September 1945.
Names of the submarines present, their commanding officers and the commanding officers of SubRon20 and USS Proteus are printed at the bottom of the image.

Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 575 pixels

 


For views of and on board individual ships in Sagami and Tokyo Bays during this time, see The Allied Fleet in Sagami Wan and Tokyo Bay 27 August - 2 September, Part II.

For links to further pictorial coverage of the Allied Fleets off Japan during 15 August - 2 September 1945, see: Overview and Special Image Selection

For views of other aspects of Japan's surrender, see: Japan Capitulates, August - September 1945


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28 February 1999