9 Jan 1945
  • HMAS Australia was damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Mississippi was damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho, sailing with Japanese convoy HI-87, came under air attack off Taiwan and claimed to have enaged 12 US TBF aircraft and shot down 1. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Colorado was damaged by friendly fire at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Sixth Army invaded Luzon Island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British troops entered Thebes, Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Heinz Guderian visited Adolf Hitler to personally request reinforcements for the Eastern Front. The two would get into a large argument. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Baltic Sea
  • ShCh-307 attacked a merchant ship southwest of Liepaja, Latvia; both torpedoes missed, and ShCh-307 was subjected to depth charging by German auxiliary patrol vessel V 317. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Third Army attacked towards Houffalize, Belgium, on the southern flank of the Ardennes bulge. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Indian 19th Division captured Shwebo, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Dong Zhao completed his studies at the Army War College and was named the commanding officer of the 38th Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sennet received minor repairs at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • 15 SB2C, 6 TBM, and 7 F6F aircraft from USS Ticonderoga attacked their secondary target Heito Airfield in southern Taiwan (the primary target, Toyohara Arfield in the Taichu area, was covered in clouds), damaging the facilities at the loss of a SB2C aircraft of Air Group 80 crewed by Lieutenant Palmer and Aviation Radioman's Mate Third Class Adelbert Ring. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS, CPC]
  • USS Columbia was struck by a special attack aircraft off the Philippine Islands, killing 24 and wounding 97. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Luce arrived at Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. She shot down a Japanese aircraft while in the gulf. She set sail toward San Pedro Bay later in the day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, DS]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched attacks on Formosa (Taiwan) in direct support of the Lingayen landings on Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • US Navy Task Force 38 attacked airfields on the Japanese-held Chinese island of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 39 USAAF B-29 bombers from Sichuan Province, China dropped 293 tons of bombs on Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • Henry Heimlich accepted a volunteer mission; he would not find out until later that he was destined for the interior of China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jan 1945
Kinkaid aboard USS Wasatch in Lingayen Gulf, Leyte, Philippines, 9 Jan 1945African-American US Navy StewardUS Coast Guard LCVP landing craft carried invasion troops toward Luzon in Lingayen Gulf, 9 Jan 1945LSTs and LCVPs unloading men, equipment, and provisions on White Beach Two in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 9 Jan 1945.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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