17 Dec 1944
  • USS Guitarro transited the Lombok Strait between the islands of Bali and Lombok, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Spot set sail for the Yellow Sea between China and Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The newly established USAAF 509th Composite Group was activated. The group's mission was to deliver atomic weapons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British bombers attacked Ulm, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In a P-38 Lightning aircraft, US ace Richard Ira Bong scored his 40th kill to become America's leading fighter ace of the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Belgium
  • 150 prisoners of war of US 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion were massacred by Waffen-SS forces at Malmédy, Belgium. Only 43 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Italy
  • Allied troops captured Faenza, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Baya fired six torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Segundo encountered a typhoon while at sea, registering sustained winds at 145 miles per hour, with occasional gusts up to 185 miles per hour. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Alabama departed waters off Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) began retirement from the Luzon, Philippines strikes for refueling. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Warm Springs, Georgia, United States by train. He made a brief stop at Atlanta, Georgia to meet with Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ernest King was promoted to the rank of fleet admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Dec 1944
Crew of HMS Howe manning the rails, Sydney, Australia, 17 Dec 1944Two US Army African-American soldiers carrying the body of another American soldier near Malmédy, Belgium, circa 17 Dec 1944

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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