Many People Forget That WWII Ended On September 2nd 1945 on a US Battleship. Did You?

The formal surrender of Japan occurred on September 2, 1945 around 9 a.m. Tokyo time. The Second World War ended officially when representatives from the Empire of Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. TheJapanese Foreign Minister Shigemitsu signed for the Japanese government, and Gen. Umezu signed for the Japanese armed forces.

This day of days, in pictures:

 

battle_japansurrender6211th Airborne Division Reconnaissance Battalion honor guards presented arms as Allied represented arrived to board destroyer Buchanan for battleship Missouri

battle_japansurrender2The Japanese delegation arriving aboard USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, Japan

battle_japansurrender4The Japanese delegation arriving aboard USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, Japan

battle_japansurrender6General Douglas MacArthur speaking aboard USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, Japan, 2 Sep 1945

battle_japansurrender26MacArthur signing Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri, 2 Sep 1945

battle_japansurrender92Mamoru Shigemitsu signing the surrender instrument aboard USS Missouri

battle_japansurrender15General Umezu signing the instrument of surrender, Tokyo Bay

battle_japansurrender55Aerial photograph of battleship Missouri during the Tokyo Bay surrender ceremony

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battle_japansurrender65Admiral Conrad E. L. Helfrich signing the Japanese surrender document on behalf of the Netherlands aboard USS Missouri, 2 Sep 1945; note MacArthur next to Helfrich.

battle_japansurrender3The Missouri filled with spectators for the signing of the instrument of surrender

battle_japansurrender28Japanese delegation leaving USS Missouri, 2 Sep 1945

battle_japansurrender63Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and General Yoshijiro Umezu led along the deck of destroyer Lansdowne by US Army Colonel Sidney Mashbir after the surrender ceremonies

battle_japansurrender60USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, 2 Sep 1945

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battle_japansurrender58American aircraft fly over USS Missouri after the surrender

All images courtesy of WWII DB

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