15 Dec 1944
  • Submarine I-369 was assigned to Submarine Squadron 7 of the Japanese 6th Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hawkbill sank Japanese destroyer Momo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pintado set sail for Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS King George V arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US 7th Army crossed into Germany from Alsace, France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US troops landed on Mindoro, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Japanese Navy 3rd Air Fleet attached to the Combined Fleet grew to the strength of two air flotillas and 10 air groups. The 13th Air Group attached to the Southwest Area Fleet was reorganized to contain one air flotilla and two air groups. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Noted American dance band leader Glenn Miller departed England, United Kingdom aboard a Noorduyn C-64A Norseman aircraft piloted by Flight Officer John R. S. "Nipper" Morgan for Villacoublay, France. The aircraft disappeared somewhere over the English Channel. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Wake Island departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Simulated amphibious maneuvers were held just off the southwest corner of this base. Attending the maneuvers, and guests at this station, included Vice Admirals Mark [sic] A Mitscher, and George D Murray. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Dragonet struck an underwater obstruction near Matsuwa in the Kurile Islands, Japan (now Matua, Russia) in the morning and flooded her forward torpedo room, forcing her to surface and escape. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 147 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy 6th Fleet established Submarine Squadron 1 for the operation of long range carrier submarines. By this time, however, none of the Seiran attack aircraft were ready for operational service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy formed 631st Naval Air Group for the operation of submarine-borne attack seaplanes. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island's air group shot down three Japanese aircraft off Mindoro, Philippine Islands; two aircraft crashed in the water near her and caused minor damage and some casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for 6 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]
  • SB No. 120 (formerly landing ship No. 106) was sunk by US aircraft in Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • William Leahy was promoted to the rank of fleet admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Dec 1944
Gun crew of cruiser Phoenix tried to identify an aircraft above, off Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 15 Dec 1944Map showing front lines at the Ardennes forest immediately before the Battle of the Bulge, 15 Dec 1944USS Hancock underway in the Philippine Sea, 15 Dec 1944Dead horses in a German town, 15 Dec 1944; 6 German soldiers (5 of whom were killed) were hitching them to an artillery piece on the previous day when a US shell exploded near them
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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