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7 Jan 1945
  • The RaLa Experiment of the Manhattan Project conducted its first test using exploding bridgewire detonators. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
  • Light cruiser USS Dayton (CL-105) was commissioned with Captain Paul William Steinhagen in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US ace Major Thomas McGuire (38 victories) was killed in a low level combat with a group of Japanese Zero fighters led by Shiochi Sugita, the third-highest scoring ace of the Japanese Navy Air Force over Los Negros island. It was believed that McGuire failed to release his drop tanks whilst attempting a fast turn which caused his P-38 to stall and spin into the ground in a ball of fire. ww2dbase [P-38 Lightning | AC]
  • Masafumi Arima was posthumously promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
Burma Latvia
  • The German Navy began the first of a series of evacuation convoys between the Gulf of Danzig and the trapped German Army in Latvia. ww2dbase [AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Spot sank two small Japanese trawlers with her deck gun in the Yellow Sea. ww2dbase [Spot | Yellow Sea | CPC]
  • The Japanese Army SB craft formerly known as Navy landing ship No. 112 was sunk by US aircraft in the South China Sea west of Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Theodore E. Chandler died aboard USS Louisville from wounds sustained the day before in an aerial special attack against the ship. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Theodore Chandler | South China Sea | DS]
Philippines
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for strikes on Japanese positions in northern Luzon, Philippine Islands; 4 men and 2 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | DS]
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) launched planes against airfields on Luzon, Philippines and on anti-shipping strikes. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Yorktown (Essex-class) | DS]
Taiwan
  • Kamoi arrived in Takao, Taiwan after dodging several US submarine attacks during the day. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Takao | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Jan 1945
Four-part weather map of the South China Sea for Jan 7 to 10, 1945. Note daily positions of Task Force 38.

7 Jan 1945 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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