14 Dec 1944
  • USS Marcus Island's air group shot down one Japanese aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Rock departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a small Japanese craft with her deck gun in the morning; in the evening at about 2200 hours, she sank a destroyer escort with two torpedoes (three were fired). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Astoria escorted fleet carriers east of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Fearing they were about to be invaded, Japanese defenders in Palawan in the Philippine Islands murdered 145 American prisoners of war by shooting, bayoneting, clubbing and setting them on fire while still alive. Far to the east, the US Navy Fast Carrier Task Force arrived 90 miles east of Luzon, Philippine Islands and began to launch aircraft to cover the landings on Mindoro. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The RaLa Experiment of the Manhattan Project yielded evidence that spherical implosion was possible for compression of the plutonium pit of an atomic bomb. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny took command of German Armored Brigade 150. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Congress established the rank of Fleet Admiral in the active list of the US Navy and the rank of General of the Army in the active list of the US Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • By special permission of King George VI, Lieutenant General William Slim was knighted in a ceremony at Imphal, India by Field Marshal Archibald Wavell in the presence of Vice-Admiral Louis Mountbatten. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • HMS Aldenham became the last British destroyer to be sunk during the war, with the loss of 121 officers and men, after hitting a mine in the Adriatic Sea. ww2dbase [AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers off Luzon, Philippine Islands as carrier aircraft began attacking Japanese positions in the area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • One of USS Columbia's 127-millimeter guns misfired during combat off the Philippine Islands, killing four. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) rendezvoused with the other carriers and began launching air strikes on Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for 7 strikes against Japanese positions in northern Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Supreme Soviet Presidium of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic ordered all non-Russian-language district names in Krym (Crimea), Russia to be given Russian-language names. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Missouri departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Dec 1944
African-American US Navy Construction Battalion Coxswain Thomas J. Lindsey (trumpeter) and Seaman 1st Class Edward A. Grant (drummer) playing in England, United Kingdom, 14 Dec 1944

14 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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