12 Dec 1944
  • After sundown, USS Pintado sank Japanese Transport No. 12 and Japanese Transport No. 104 in the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippine Islands, hitting them with three of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Third Army captured the V-rocket factory at Wittring in eastern France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The American invasion fleet for Mindoro, Philippine Islands set sail. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was wounded in the right shoulder by a German sniper. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied troops attacked the Arakan region of Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German pilot Willi Kriessmann ferried an Ar 234 jet bomber from Hamburg, Germany to German Luftwaffe bomber group Kampfgeschwader 76. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Brazilian troops attacked Monte Della Torraca southwest of Bologna, Italy. 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. 159 was sunk by US Army tanks and artillery at Ormoc Bay, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Dwight Eisenhower arrived in London, England, United Kingdom and secured Winston Churchill's agreement on Eisenhower's strategy for the war in Europe for the foreseeable future. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • B-17 bomber 'Devil's Own', piloted by Lieutenant John E. DeWitt, landed at RAF Debach in eastern England, United Kingdom with a burning engine. Moments after he and his crew safely evacuated the aircraft, the fire detonated its bomb load, destroying the aircraft and damaging nearby facilities. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Dec 1944
USS North Carolina in heavy seas as seen from USS Ticonderoga, off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944USS North Carolina in heavy seas, off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944, photo 1 of 2USS North Carolina in heavy seas, off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944, photo 2 of 2USS Langley underway off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944
See all photos dated 12 Dec 1944

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

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