Events occurring on Monday, February 5, 1945  
  Combat in Western Europe After D-Day  
  Forces from the U.S. First Army’s VII Corps launched an advance out of the area where they had assembled in Belgium and towards the Rur River line.  
  The Liberation of the Philippine Islands  
  Abiding by an agreement reached the previous day, 47 Japanese who had been holding hostages were escorted out of Santo Tomas University by American forces to the spot they requested. Each group saluted each other and departed.  The Japanese were unaware the area they requested was near the American occupied Malacanang, and soon afterwards were fired upon and several killed including Hayashi. Later in the afternoon, some of the same group returned to Santo Thomas were captured as prisoners.  
  The Atomic Bombs  
  The first batch of plutonium produced at Hanford, Washington arrived at the Los Alamos, New Mexico testing site testing where Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and other physicists at the lab began tests with it.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The escort carrier USS Gilbert Islands (CVE 107) was commissioned. Her first commander was Captain L. R. Rice.  
The U-2362 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Martin Czekowski.
  The U-2363 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Karl Frahm.  
  The U-3029 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Hermann Lamby.  
  February 1945 Calendar  
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