13 Jan 1945
  • German Armeegruppe E finished its withdrawal from Greece and Albania. ww2dbase [TH]
  • At least 70 Germans were killed when Norwegian saboteurs destroyed the J?rstad Bridge near Sn?sa, Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Vice Admiral Shigeru Fukudome was named the commanding officer of the Japanese 1st Southern Expeditionary Fleet. ww2dbase [Shigeru Fukudome | CPC]
  • 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 [Wake Island | CPC]
Belgium French Indochina
  • Landing ship No. 140 was sunk by US aircraft at Saigon, French Indochina. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • 1st Byelorussian Front advanced toward Pillkallen, Germany (now Dobrovolsk, Russia), meeting heavy resistance from the German 3rd Panzer Army. ww2dbase [East Prussian Offensive | TH]
Hong Kong
  • Kamoi and the rest of convoy HI-87 arrived at Hong Kong at 1100 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
  • 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 [Raoul Wallenberg | CPC]
  • Another M6A Seiran aircraft was completed by Aichi. ww2dbase [M6A Seiran | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 187 was completed and was transferred to the Army as SB No. 114. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | 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 [Spot | CPC]
  • Jack Heyn boarded a C-47 transport aircraft at Mindoro island, Philippine Islands for Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea. ww2dbase [Jack Heyn | 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 [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 2 | 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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