16 Jan 1945

  • US First and Third Armies linked up near Houffalize, Belgium, while British Second Army attacked near Maas River. The Germans were pushed back to the line prior to the launch of the Ardennes Offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • HMS King George V departed Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) struck Canton (Guangzhou), China again and Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Hainan island in southern China; 5 men and 3 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived in Berlin, Germany, and would remain here until the end of his life. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina wrote in her diary "What I've actually done? No more than I have to as a Soviet man, having stood up to defend the motherland." ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hong Kong
  • Kamoi, at anchor off Kennedy Town in Hong Kong, was heavily damaged at 1240 hours during an air raid by aircraft of US Navy Task Force. The direct bomb hit destroyed the engine room and disabled her. Later in the day, she was strafed by a P-51 fighter of USAAF 14th Air Force. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • US aircraft attacked Hong Kong harbor. Japanese sources noted 1,000 civilian deaths and 3,000 wounded, although these numbers were likely to be inflated. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet foreign office in Budapest, Hungary told Sweden that Raoul Wallenberg was in Soviet custody. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 119 was completed and was transferred to the Japanese Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • ShCh-307 sank German merchant ship Henrietta Schulze southwest of Liepaja, Latvia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Luce arrived at San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops liberated concentration camps at Czestochowa (800 prisoners) and Lodz (870 prisoners) in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops evacuated Kielce, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Portuguese Macau
  • Aircraft from USS Enterprise struck neutral Portuguese Macau, destroying stores of aviation fuel at the Naval Aviation Center. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jan 1945
Jeeps, Dodge WC54 3/4-ton field ambulances, and US troops on a street in the heavily damaged town of Foy, Belgium, 16 Jan 1945M8 armored car of US 11th Armored Division with men of US 84th Infantry Division in Noville, Belgium, 16 Jan 1945Strike photo showing bomb hits on Kiungshan Airstrip near Hoi-How (now Haikou) in northern Hainan, China, Jan 16, 1945. The bombing attack was made by Bombing Squadron 80 flying from the carrier USS TiconderogaTaikoo Dockyard facilities under American aerial attack, Hong Kong, 16 Jan 1945. Photo 1 of 2
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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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