6 Jan 1945
  • US Navy Rear Admiral Theodore Chandler was killed, along with the ship's captain, after being drenched in flaming gasoline when the cruiser USS Louisville was struck by a Japanese kamikaze special attack during the pre-assault bombardment at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Pompon departed Majuro, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sea Robin sank the Japanese tanker Tarakan Maru in the Luzon Strait, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired. She also fired another 9 torpedoes at a destroyer and another tanker, but none of them struck their targets. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-869 reported in to German submarine control, revealing its location to be 600 miles southwest of Iceland to both her German comrades as well as to American eavesdroppers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • With its war over, Finland lifted the ban on dancing, which was made illegal during the war. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese special attack aircraft sank minesweeper USS Long at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Bush married Barbara Pierce. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale set sail for Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii via Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Columbia was struck by two special attack aircraft off the Philippine Islands. The second aircraft and its bomb penetrated two decks before the bomb detonated. 13 were killed and 44 were wounded. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched planes against airfields on Luzon, Philippines and on anti-shipping strikes. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS New Mexico shelled Japanese positions in the area of Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. She was struck by Japanese special attack aircraft. Among the 30 men killed were her commanding officer Captain Robert Walton Fleming and members of an observing British military mission, including Lieutenant General Herbert Lumsden, Winston Churchill's personal military representative to General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Japanese positions in northern Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Portland entered Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines for the first time in support of the landings there 3 days later. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Four Jewish women, Ella Gartner, Róza Robota, Regina Safir, and Estera Wajsblum, were executed by hanging in the female camp of Auschwitz Concentration Camp; they had smuggled explosives out of their workplace which were used during the 7 Oct 1944 uprising in the camp. About 100 other Auschwitz prisoners were also executed on this date, having sentenced to death by the Kattowitz Gestapo on the previous day; they faced a firing squad at Auschwitz II-Birkenau and were sent to Crematorium V. These prisoners were among the last to be executed at Auschwitz. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Jan 1945
Japanese Zero special attack aircraft, already burning from anti-aircraft fire, diving on USS Columbia during the Lingayen Gulf operation in the Philippine Islands, 6 Jan 1945Texas in the Hawaii area, 6 Jan 1945Louisville hit by special attack aircraft, Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands, 6 Jan 1945Ki-51 special attack aircraft of Japanese Army Sekicho Squadron diving at USS Columbia in Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands, at 1729 hours on 6 Jan 1945; photograph taken from USS California
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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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