8 Jan 1945
  • HMAS Australia was damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island's air group shot down four Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Light cruiser USS Amsterdam (CL-101) was commissioned with Captain Andrew P. Lawton in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Japanese Navy 2nd Air Fleet was officially disbanded after suffering major losses in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Bunji Asakura was named the chief of staff of the Japanese 1st Southern Expeditionary Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Minoru Tayui was named the commanding officer of the Japanese 1st Southern Expeditionary Fleet. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Another unpowered J8M Shusui/Ki-200 aircraft took flight, with water ballast installed in place of the rocket engine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet 5th Army formally granted Roza Shanina the permission to fight on the front lines. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Brill arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • I-401 was commissioned into service at Sasebo, Japan under the command of Lieutenant Commander Nobukiyo Nambu. The ceremony was attended by very few, as she was a top secret submarine. She departed Sasebo later in the same day for the Inland Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-63 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Fast Carrier Task Force refueled then sailed toward Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the junction of LMS and Met. railway lines behind 114 Iverson Road between West End Lane and Kilburn High Road in Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom at 1630 hours. 2 were killed, 64 seriously injured, and 57 lightly injured. The rocket destroyed 14 houses, badly damaged 152 houses, and lightly damaged 1,600 houses. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Springer departed Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jan 1945
WAVES Storekeeper 2nd Class Francella Leigh, Yeoman 2nd Class Patricia McRae, and PharmacistUSS ABSD-1 with USS Antelope and USS LST-120 in the dock, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 8 Jan 1945Haskell-class attack transport USS Sarasota in operation during the landings at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 8 Jan 1945Battleship USS Mississippi bombarding Luzon, Philippines, 8 Jan 1945, during the Lingayen Gulf operation. Battleship USS West Virginia and cruiser HMAS Shropshire are behind Mississippi.

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

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