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12 Feb 1944
  • Soviet forces captured Luga, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Plaice was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Plaice | CPC]
  • Aircraft of the British No. 617 Squadron made an attack on the Antheor Viaduct, a bottle-neck on the main railway line between Marseille, France and Genoa, Italy. It had been attacked three times before without success and 100,000 tons of German supplies crossed it every week to keep Albert Kesselring's Italian armies in action. Cheshire in one Lancaster bomber and Martin in another, were to mark the target. They were met by a hail of flak and the night was completely black. The attack failed, although there were several near misses. This convinced Cheshire that they needed Mosquito aircraft instead of Lancaster bombers if low-level bombing was to achieve success. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The troopship Khedive Ismail, en-route to India, was torpedoed and sunk in two minutes by the 2,000-ton Japanese submarine I-27 near the Maldives islands. Only 260 of the 1,297 passengers and crew were saved (only 113 of 754 Askaris of 301st Field Regiment, East African Artillery survived) including 9 out of 86 women, most of whom were below decks at a concert party. Escorts brought the submarine to the surface with depth charges and kept the crew from reaching her 5.5-inch deck gun with cannon fire, then eventually sank the submarine with torpedoes. The extent of the disaster was kept a closely guarded secret until after the war. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Alabama departed to escort US carriers for the raid on Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • U-1059 departed Europe with torpedoes and other supplies on board for German submarines operating in the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. ww2dbase [U-1059 | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue detached from Convoy TU-7 and proceeded independently to Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Bogue | DS]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands, escorting Convoy No. 1,123. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | Truk | CPC]
  • Irako completed her repairs at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • At 0100 hours, German supply ship Charlotte Schliemann was hit by one shell from destroyer HMS Relentless in the Indian Ocean. The German crew of 41 officers and men then abandoned ship and were taken prisoner. ww2dbase [AC]
Italy Japan Marshall Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) sortied from Majuro, Marshall Islands to conduct air strikes on the main Japanese anchorage at Truk Atoll, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Essex-class) | Majuro | DS]
United States Photo(s) dated 12 Feb 1944
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Vice Admiral Friedrich Oskar Ruge touring a submarine pen on the Atlantic coast, France, 12 Feb 1944A PBY-5 Catalina of Patrol Squadron 34, one of the “Black Cats” night patrol squadrons, at rest at Samarai Island, New Guinea, Jan-Feb 1944. Note the absence of any markings beyond the squadron patch on the bow and the side number on the tail.Piper L-4 Grasshopper observation aircraft on a 2.5 ton CCKW truck in preparation for the D-Day landings. Devon, England, United Kingdom, Feb 12 1944.F6F-3 Hellcat of Fighting Squadron 2 being shot from the hangar deck catapult of the Fleet Carrier USS Hornet (Essex-class) during training in Chesapeake Bay, Feb 12 1944.

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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