12 Nov 1944
  • Operation Catechism: 31 British Lancaster bombers attacked German battleship Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs, scoring three hits and several near misses. Tirpitz capsized, killing 971 out of the about 1,700 aboard. None of the Lancaster bombers were lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese Army Banda Squadron in the Philippine Islands launched its first tokko mission against American ships in Leyte Gulf, claiming the sinking of a battleship and a transport although the actual damage done to the Americans was minimal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • According to later statement by Indian soldier Havildar Changdi Ram, who was a forced laborer for the Japanese in New Britain, the Japanese Kempeitai beheaded an Allied pilot, cut flesh from his arms, legs, hips, and buttocks, and proceed to cook the flesh. The human flesh was consumed in the evening after a speech was made by a Japanese major general. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Oliver Leese was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Allied Land Forces South East Asia (ALFSEA). ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Japan Mariana Islands
  • USS Gabilan arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 139 was sunk by US aircraft off of the western coast of Luzon island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1,014 arrested Polish Home Army and other partisan fighters were placed on a special train at Bialystok, Poland for the NKVD-run Ostashkov Special Camp in Tver Oblast, Russia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German V-2 rocket hit the Bromley Gas Works in West Ham, London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Nov 1944
Alaska off Philadelphia, 12 Nov 1944Japanese-American color guard of the US 442nd Regimental Combat Team standing at attention while citations are read following the fighting in Bruyeres, France, 12 Nov 1944German Volkssturm volunteers with Panzerfaust launchers, Kar98k rifles, and MG34 machine guns, Berlin, Germany, 12 Nov 1944USS Randolph in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, United States during her shakedown period, 12 Nov 1944. Note camouflage Measure 32 Design 17a. Photographed from escort carrier USS Charger.

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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