9 Jan 1945
  • The US Sixth Army invaded Luzon Island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
  • British troops entered Thebes, Greece. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Mississippi was damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Mississippi | CPC]
  • HMAS Australia was damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Australia | CPC]
  • USS Colorado was damaged by friendly fire at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Colorado | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant zur See Walter K√§ding was made the acting commanding officer of U-56. ww2dbase [U-56 | CPC]
  • Heinz Guderian visited Adolf Hitler to personally request reinforcements for the Eastern Front. The two would get into a large argument. ww2dbase [Heinz Guderian | 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 [Ryuho | 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 [ShCh-307 | CPC]
Belgium
  • US Third Army attacked towards Houffalize, Belgium, on the southern flank of the Ardennes bulge. ww2dbase [Battle of the Bulge | TH]
Burma China
  • Dong Zhao completed his studies at the Army War College and was named the commanding officer of the 38th Army. ww2dbase [Dong Zhao | CPC]
Hawaii 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 [Heito Airfield | DS, CPC]
  • USS Columbia was struck by a special attack aircraft off the Philippine Islands, killing 24 and wounding 97. ww2dbase [Columbia | CPC]
  • 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 [Ticonderoga | DS, CPC]
Philippines
  • Destroyer USS Shaw entered Lingayen Gulf, Luzon and began anti-submarine patrols and ant-aircraft duties. ww2dbase [Shaw | Lingayen Gulf, Luzon | DS]
  • 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 [Luce | Lingayen Gulf | CPC, DS]
  • Destroyer USS Shaw entered Lingayen Gulf, Luzon and began anti-submarine patrols and ant-aircraft duties. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Lingayen Gulf, Luzon | DS]
Taiwan
  • Kamoi suffered light damage from the near-miss of a bomb from US Navy aircraft off Takao, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Takao | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched attacks on Formosa (Taiwan) in direct support of the Lingayen landings on Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | DS]
  • 39 USAAF B-29 bombers from Sichuan Province, China dropped 293 tons of bombs on Kirun (now Keelung), Taiwan. ww2dbase [Kirun, Taihoku | CPC]
  • US Navy Task Force 38 attacked airfields on the Japanese-held Chinese island of Taiwan. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 9 Jan 1945
Kinkaid aboard USS Wasatch in Lingayen Gulf, Leyte, Philippines, 9 Jan 1945African-American US Navy StewardUnited States Army operations map of Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines showing the Landing beaches for the 9 Jan 1945 landings.General Douglas MacArthur coming ashore from an LCVP on Lingayen Gulf Blue 1 landing beach, Luzon, Philippines, 9 Jan 1945. Note Chief of Staff Lt General R.K. Sutherland beside him.
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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