Diary for Monday, April 9, 1945:
East Prussia: FALL OF KÖNIGSBERG after 59-day siege.
Austria: Tolbukhin’s troops smash their way into center of Vienna.
Americans occupy Krupp’s Works at Essen.
Germany: Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Admiral Canaris, former chief of the Abwehr, and Major-General Oster hanged at Flossenburg Concentration Camp.
Italy: Liberty ship; loaded with aircraft bombs blows up in Bari harbor: 360 killed, 1,730 injured.
Germany: RAF night raid on Kiel (2,634 t): heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer capsizes; Admiral Hipper badly damaged. 8th USAAF attacks jet fighter bases in Munich and Berlin areas (April 9 and 10): 367 German fighters destroyed on the ground.