30 Dec 1944
  • I-400 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Parche began her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine control requested a passage report from U-869, which did not respond. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • King George II of Greece declared a regency, leaving the throne vacant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germans again attacked in the Bastogne corridor in Belgium. Meanwhile, British troops attacked Houffalize, Belgium, but they were stopped by fierce German defense. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands to join TF 38 in strikes in the Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Ticonderoga departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS Astoria departed Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Navy Fast Carrier Task Force sortied from Ulithi, Caroline Islands for the invasion of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 48 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Allied troops regained most of the territory lost in Tuscany, Italy over the past few days from the latest Axis offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston departed waters off Philippine Islands for Ulithi, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 150 female prisoners of Auschwitz Concentration Camp were employed in the demolition squad (Abbruchkommando), working on the demolition of crematorium III. 50 female prisoners worked in the forestry-demolition squad (Gehölz-Abbruchkommando), which was filling in the incineration pits and covering them with grass and planting small trees on the grounds of crematorium IV. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Two YP-80A jet fighters arrived in Burtonwood, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-63 departed Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1944
German prisoners taken during the Battle of the Bulge, circa late Dec 1944US Army Sergeant James Storey, Private Frank Fox, and Corporal Dennis Lavanoha on a scouting mission, Lellig, Luxembourg, 30 Dec 1944; note bedsheets used for camouflageUS 5th Armored Regiment tankers gathering around a fire and opening Christmas presents, near Eupen, Belgium, 30 Dec 1944; note M4 Sherman tankA trail off of the Bhamo-Namhkan Road, Burma, 29 or 30 Dec 1944; photograph taken by member of US 5332nd Brigade (Provisional)
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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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