4 Jan 1945
  • In the Philippine Islands, Japanese aircraft attacked the American invasion fleet bound for Luzon; USS Ommaney Bay was seriously damaged by a special attack and was scuttled. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Puffer sank a Japanese vessel in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • An aircraft from USS Wake detected a Japanese floatplane in the water off Panay Island, Philippine Islands and strafed the Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Lentil: British aircraft attacked oil refineries at Pangkalan Brandon, Sumatra. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Gao Youxin successfully returned to friendly lines after being shot down behind Japanese lines on 20 Nov 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale searched for survivors of a downed B-29 Superfortress bomber east of Tokyo, Japan without success. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched raids on airfields on Formosa (Taiwan). ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • TBM-5C torpedo bombers of VT-4 squadron, escorted by F6F-5 fighters of VF-4 squadron, both from USS Essex, attacked a number of Japanese airfields in Taiwan. Rojoseki Airfield in Rojoseki District of Shoka (now Erlin District of Changhua), Hokuto (misnamed "Keishu" in US records) Airfield in Shoka, and Mato Airfield in Tainan (now Madou District of Tainan) sustained damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit Woodland Street in Hackney, London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • USS Dragonet arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Jan 1945
US Army Lieutenant General Joseph T. McNarney, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean Theater, inspecting African-American honor guard military policemen, Italy, 4 Jan 1945Private Booker Davis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of the 558th Ambulance Company, US First Army filling a WC54 ambulance with gasoline, Belgium, 4 Jan 1945Men of US 290th Regiment in snowy terrain near Amonines, Belgium, 4 Jan 1945Melvin Hoffman of the 82nd Fighter Squadron made the best landing he could under the circumstances in his P-51D Mustang at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire, England, UK; Jan 4 1945. Note oil covering the windscreen and engine cowling.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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