13 Dec 1944
  • Light carrier Ryuho received orders to embark Ohka weapons for delivery to Taiwan and Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • In the late afternoon west of Mindoro, Philippine Islands, a special attack aircraft struck light cruiser USS Nashville amidships, killing 131 and wounding 192. Two hours later, another special attack aircraft struck, hitting destroyer USS Haraden. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Cruiser Köln's power stations and starboard engine were destroyed by Allied aerial attacks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pompon departed for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pintado fired ten torepdoes at Japanese Transport No. 106 in the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippine Islands; she claimed a sinking after observing one torpedo hit, but this kill was not awarded. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 7.Armee withdrew to fortified positions on the Westwall on the French-German border. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Croaker departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her third war patrol in the Philippines Islands and South China Sea areas. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US submarine USS Bergall and Japanese heavy cruiser Myoko engaged in a brief combat south of French Indochina during in which both vessels sustained damage; Myoko was hit by one torpedo (of six fired) on the aft port side while Bergall was damaged by an 8-inch shell that passed through without detonating. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island transited Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Japanese positions in northern Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 13 Dec 1944
Crew of USS Nashville inspecting the damage caused by a special attack aircraft, Dec 1944Dead US and German soldiers at a cemetery, Europe, 13 Dec 1944Officers of the staff of Admiral Bruce Fraser meeting for the first time, Melbourne, Australia, 13 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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