12 Aug 1944
  • USS Pompon attacked a Japanese convoy off Sakhalin island during the night, damaging a tanker and sinking transport Mikage Maru No. 20; she expended 14 torpedoes and observed 4 hits. During the attack, one of her own torpedoes circled back and nearly struck her. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Puffer attacked an escorted Japanese convoy of ten freighters and tankers off the Philippine Islands, sinking tanker Teikon Maru and a freighter, and damaging another tanker; she expended 6 torpedoes and observed 5 hits. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet minesweeper T.118 (formerly the USS Armada) was sunk by the German submarine U-365 in the Kara Sea. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German submarine U-365 sank Russian freighter Marina Raskova and Soviet trawler T-114 of Soviet convoy BD-5 in western Kara Sea off northern Russia; a total of 362 were killed and 256 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Whale completed refitting at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Poland
  • The first transport of civilians arrested in Warsaw, Poland after the start of Warsaw Uprising reached Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp via Pruszków transit camp. 1,984 males and over 3,800 females were in this transport. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe wing KG 55 flew its final eastern front bombing mission as its He 111 bombers attacked bridges on the Vistula River near Warsaw, Poland. The wing would later be converted into a fighter unit under the new designation of KG(J) 55. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy, Jr., the older brother of future US President John F. Kennedy, was killed in a flying accident involving an Operation Aphrodite aircraft over East Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. His flight engineer, Lieutenant Wilford John Willy, was also killed. ww2dbase [AC, HM]
  • No. 402 Squadron RCAF, flying Spitfire XIV fighters, began anti-V-1 flying bomb operations in Britain. The squadron was based at RAF Hawkinge in Kent, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | HM]
Photo(s) dated 12 Aug 1944
Nurses of a field hospital who arrived in France via England and Egypt after three years service, 12 Aug 1944Map depicting US Army VII Corps advancing into Brittany, France, 1-12 Aug 1944A soldier of the US Army looks at a German half-track camouflaged with branches near Le Neufbourg, France, Aug 12 1944. The half-track SdKfz 251 Ausf D, SS 926256 is from the 1.SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. Note the soldiers M3 Grease GunBritish Beaufighters of RAF 236 Squadron and RCAF 404 Squadron making a rocket attack on the heavily armed German mine detector ship Sauerland off La Pallice France, 12 Aug 1944. 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
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