13 Jan 1945
  • USS Wake Island was attacked by two Japanese aircraft in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands; she shot down one, but suffered a bomb hit by the second. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Armeegruppe E finished its withdrawal from Greece and Albania. ww2dbase [TH]
  • At least 70 Germans were killed when Norwegian saboteurs destroyed the Jørstad Bridge near Snåsa, Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Vice Admiral Shigeru Fukudome was named the commanding officer of the Japanese 1st Southern Expeditionary Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US First Army attacked near Stavelot and Malmédy in Belgium. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
French Indochina
  • Landing ship No. 140 was sunk by US aircraft at Saigon, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1st Byelorussian Front advanced toward Pillkallen, Germany (now Dobrovolsk, Russia), meeting heavy resistance from the German 3rd Panzer Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Hong Kong Hungary
  • Raoul Wallenberg approached troops of 7th Guards Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front in Budapest, Hungary and requested to meet with Marshal Rodion Malinovsky in regards to the 7,000 Jews in Pest who were under his care. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 187 was completed and was transferred to the Army as SB No. 114. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Another M6A Seiran aircraft was completed by Aichi. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Spot sank two Japanese trawlers with her deck gun in the East China Sea 150 kilometers southeast of Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jack Heyn boarded a C-47 transport aircraft at Mindoro island, Philippine Islands for Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit West Ham, London, England, United Kingdom, destroying two trolley buses. 15 were killed and 35 were injured. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jan 1945
Men of the US 347th Infantry Regiment taking a meal break while en route to La Roche, Belgium, 13 Jan 1945USS Langley in heavy seas in the South China Sea in the morning of 13 Jan 1945. Note the trailing USS Washington riding the storm much better.Photo from USS Essex showing Fleet Oiler USS Aucilla riding the rough seas that made refueling operations impossible, 13 Jan 1945. USS Ticonderoga is seen beyond.

13 Jan 1945 Interactive Map

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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