8 Dec 1944
  • U-869 departed Norway for the Atlantic Ocean for her first and only war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germans troops withdrew from Jülich, Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The first unpowered prototype of the J8M Shusui/Ki-200 aircraft took flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Astoria arrived at Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japanese troops captured Tushan, Jiangsu Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Ray arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Hungary
  • In Hungary, Soviet SMERSH operatives attached to 2nd Ukrainian Front arrested Dutch operative Gerrit van der Waals of British SOE, who had naively turned himself in to the approaching Soviet forces thinking the Soviets would help him return to Britain. His fellow Hungarian operative also under the employment of SOE Karoly Schandl was similarly detained. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 173 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1944
B-24J Liberators of the 494th Bomb Group receive maintenance on Angaur, Palau Islands, Dec 8 1944USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 1 of 3USS Wasp, USS Yorktown, USS Hornet, USS Hancock, USS Ticonderoga, and other warships at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Dec 1944, photo 2 of 3US Battleship South Dakota at anchor at Ulithi Atoll, 8 Dec 1944. Note Hospital Ship Samaritan above left and Battleship New Jersey at right.
See all photos dated 8 Dec 1944

8 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




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites


Famous WW2 Quote
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Winston Churchill