24 Jan 1945
  • USS Blackfin sank Japanese destroyer Shigure in the Gulf of Siam about 160 miles from Kota Bharu, Malaya. ww2dbase [Blackfin | CPC]
  • German forces began withdrawing from Slovakia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet 1st Ukrainian Front captured Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). ww2dbase [Silesian Offensive and the Siege of Breslau | TH]
  • British Fleet Air Arm Seafire fighters commenced operations in the Far East with a full-scale attack on oil targets in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Ticonderoga arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands; Captain Kiefer, the executive officer, and others wounded during the special attack three days prior were transferred to hospital ship Samaritan. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | Ulithi | DS]
Germany Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • Shigure was sunk by USS Blackfin in the Gulf of Siam off Khota Bharu, Malaya. ww2dbase [Shigure | Gulf of Siam | CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • The BI-7 rocket-powered prototype aircraft took its first flight at Khimki near Moscow, Russia (the eleventh flight of the design); a problem with the landing gear was reported during this flight. ww2dbase [BI | Khimki, Moscow | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Frigate HMS Tyler disembarked Harald Hvidtsten, the sole survivor of Norwegian merchant freighter Galatea which was sunk by German submarine U-1051 three days prior, at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Liverpool, England | HM]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the Commanding General, Army Ground Forces. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jan 1945
Appendicitis patient Seaman 1st Class J. R. Morris being transported from destroyer USS Grady to carrier USS Anzio for treatment, Pacific Ocean, 24 Jan 1945

24 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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