18 Oct 1944

Philippines
19 Oct 1944

Philippines
20 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 20 Oct 1944
MacArthur wading ashore at Leyte, Philippine Islands, 20 Oct 1944First wave of American troops storming ashore from amphibious landing craft, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 20 Oct 1944, photo 1 of 3Map of the Leyte landing beaches, 20 Oct 1944United States Army troops of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion disembarking the USS Elmore bound for the landing beaches at Leyte, Philippines, 20 Oct 1944.
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21 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1944
Cruiser USS Honolulu beached in Leyte Gulf off Dulag City, Leyte, Philippines, 21 Oct 1944 making temporary repairs after being torpedoed the previous day.
23 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 23 Oct 1944
Profile of MacArthur shortly after fulfilling his promise to return, Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, 23 Oct 1944. Note Sergio OsmeƱa behind MacArthur.
24 Oct 1944

Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1944
General Douglas MacArthur traveling by PT-Boat across Leyte Gulf off Tacloban, Philippines aboard PT-525, an Elco 80-foot PT-Boat of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 36 (PTRon-36), 24 Oct 1944.PT-131 between PT-152 and PT-130, all Eclo 80-foot Motor Torpedo Boats of MTBRon-7, alongside tender USS Wachapreague in Liloan Bay, Philippines preparing to patrol the Surigao Strait, 24 Oct 1944.
25 Oct 1944

Philippines
  • After six days of shore bombardments of the island of Leyte in the Philippines, USS Portland withdrew to join the battleship and cruiser force tasked with intercepting Japan's Southern Force in the Surigao Strait. Portland was part of the force that crossed the "T" of the Japanese force and directed most of her fire against the cruiser Mogami. After the decisive victory in the Surigao Strait, Portland returned to Leyte Gulf and prepared to fend off Japan's Center Force, then engaged with Task Force 77.4.3 in the Battle off Samar. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Portland | Surigao Strait, Leyte | DS]
28 Oct 1944

Philippines
2 Nov 1944

Philippines
11 Nov 1944

Philippines
7 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 7 Dec 1944
USS Ward on fire and sinking after being struck by a Japanese special attack aircraft in Ormoc Bay, Philippines, 7 Dec 1944, three years to the day after she fired the first US shot of the Pacific War.
10 Jan 1945

Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1945
Aboard the seaplane tender USS Tangier in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines 10 Jan 1945 are five downed United States Navy airmen rescued the day before by a PBY Catalina near Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines.
7 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 7 Jun 1945
Smoke rising from the forward flight deck of the USS Randolph, San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines, 7 Jun 1945 after a USAAF P-38 Lightning accidentally crashed into a group of parked airplanes.
12 Jun 1945

Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1945
Typhoon damage to the forward flight deck of USS Bennington as seen after arrival in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippines, 12 Jun 1945.
13 Jun 1945

Philippines
1 Jul 1945

Philippines
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) and TG 38.4 got underway from Leyte, Philippines to join the rest of the fast carriers in the final series of raids on the Japanese home islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Leyte | DS]
13 Jul 1945

Philippines
  • Large cruisers USS Alaska and USS Guam, accompanied by 4 light cruisers and 9 destroyers, sortied from Leyte, Philippine Islands to attack Japanese shipping in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Alaska | Leyte | CPC]
3 Aug 1945

Philippines
  • USS Portland departed Leyte, Philippines en route Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Portland | Leyte | DS]

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




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