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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

Fleet Admiral Nimitz Joins the Fleet in Tokyo Bay, 29 August.

On 29 August 1945, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and Pacific Ocean Areas, flew up to Tokyo Bay from the Marianas. He had been appointed United States' Representative for the formal Japanese surrender ceremonies, which took place on USS Missouri (BB-63) on 2 September. Upon arrival, Nimitz was greeted by the Third Fleet Commander, Admiral William F. Halsey. He made USS South Dakota (BB-57) his flagship during his stay in the area.

This page presents views related to Fleet Admiral Nimitz' flight from Guam and his arrival in Tokyo Bay.

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 #: NH 62341

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN
,
Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, and Pacific Ocean Areas

Boards a Naval Air Transportation Service plane at Naval Air Base, Tanapag, Saipan, 29 August 1945. He was flown to Tokyo Bay, Japan, to serve as United States' Representative at the Japanese Surrender ceremonies held on board USS Missouri three days later.

Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 84KB; 740 x 620 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 96809

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN,

Commander in Chief, Pacific, and Pacific Ocean Areas

Arrives at Tokyo Bay in a PB2Y "Coronado" seaplane, 29 August 1945.
USS Missouri (BB-63), Third Fleet Flagship, is in the center background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: 80-G-490425

Admiral William F. Halsey
, Commander, Third Fleet (right)

Welcomes Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz aboard USS South Dakota (BB-57), in Tokyo Bay, 29 August 1945, after Nimitz flew in from Saipan. Both attended the Japanese surrender ceremonies on USS Missouri (BB-63) a few days later.

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

Online Image: 86KB; 740 x 615 pixels

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

 


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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2 March 1999