6 Dec 1944
  • USS Trepang reached the Philippine Islands area off Luzon; in the evening, she attacked a Japanese convoy and sank three freighters. ww2dbase [Trepang | CPC]
  • The British 2nd Army was denied the prize of Arnhem in the Netherlands when the Germans demolished dykes and flooded the area between Arnhem and Nijmegen. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Heinkel's He 162 jet fighter made its maiden flight. Manufacture of the He 162 was protected from Allied air attack by being built in an underground factory in a former salt mine at Tarthun near Magdeburg, Germany. ww2dbase [He 162 Volksjäger | AC]
  • Kaganovich was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Kaganovich | CPC]
  • Leutnant Erich Herkner of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • Submarines USS Segundo, USS Trepang, and USS Razorback sank all ships in a 7-ship Japanese convoy, escorted by destroyer Kuretake and submarine chaser CH-33, in the South China Sea. Segundo was credited with damaging Yasukuni Maru (later scuttled) and sinking a unidentified ammunition ship. ww2dbase [Segundo | South China Sea | CPC]
  • The Taihoku Prisoners of War Camp No. 5 near Taihoku (now Taipei), Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [Taihoku | CPC]
United States

6 Dec 1944 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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