21 Dec 1944
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Taiwan and in the Ryukyu Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • USAAF pilot Donald Bryan damaged a German Ar 234 aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
Belgium
  • US forces captured Stavelot, Belgium, while the Germans surrounded Bastogne and captured St. Vith. ww2dbase [Battle of the Bulge | TH]
Hawaii Italy
  • Italian Marshal Rodolfo Graziani and General Mario Carloni inspected troops of the 4th Alpine Division "Monte Rosa" in the Garfagnana area of Toscana, Italy. ww2dbase [Battle of Garfagnana | Toscana | CPC]
Japan
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese trawler in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone United States
  • Henry Arnold was promoted to the temporary rank of General of the Army. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
  • USS Ancon completed her repairs at Charleston Navy Yard in South Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [Ancon | Charleston, South Carolina | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Dec 1944
African-American US Navy WAVE Lt. (jg) Harriet Ida Pickens and Ens. Frances Wills posing at their quarters at Naval Reserve MidshipmenF4U-1 Corsair fighter of No. 16 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force being towed at Green Island (now Nissan Island), 21 Dec 1944F4U-1 Corsair fighter of No. 16 Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force being serviced at Green Island (now Nissan Island), 21 Dec 1944Officers and men of No. 3 Servicing Unit Headquarters of Royal New Zealand Air Force posing with a F4U-1 Corsair fighter, Green Island (now Nissan Island), 21 Dec 1944
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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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