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12 Jun 1944
  • Yamato arrived at Batjan, Halmahera after Operation KON was postponed. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • US and British forces linked up near Carentan, France, forming a solid 50-mile battle line, with 326,000 men and 54,000 vehicles on the beachhead. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | TH]
  • German Reich Minister for the Eastern Occupied Territories Alfred Rosenberg ordered the start of Heuaktion, which called for the kidnapping of 40,000 Polish children between the age of 10 and 14; they were to be transported to Germany as slave laborers. ww2dbase [Alfred Rosenberg | CPC]
  • With his company under heavy machine gun and tank fire in Burma, Rifleman Ganjo Lama crawled forward alone with a PIAT and destroyed two tanks. Despite a broken wrist and serious wounds to both hands, he knocked out a third tank by eliminating the crew. His actions earned him the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Canadian Destroyer HMCS Haida under Commander H. C. DeWolf sank the German submarine U-971. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | AC]
  • USS Iowa escroted carriers while the aircraft struck Japanese positions in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
  • In China, about 100 P-40 and P-51 fighters of the US 14th Air Force attacked Japanese vessels on Dongting Lake, docks and warehouses at Yuanjiang in Hunan Province, and troop concentrations in Changsha in Hunan Province. ww2dbase [Changsha, Hunan | CPC]
Finland France
  • General Erich Marcks, commander of the German LXXXIV Korps in Normandie, France, was mortally wounded when the staff car, in which he was travelling to organize a counter-attack to regain Carentan, was attacked by an Allied fighter-bomber. ww2dbase [Normandy Campaign, Phase 1 | AC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against Lille, France. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Bombing of Cities in France and Low Countries | Lille | DS]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Fifteen aircraft (Model F6F), 2 aircraft (Model TBF), 28 officers and 25 men of Night Fighting Squadron 78 (VF(N)-78) arrived on board. Thirteen aircraft (Model F6F), 5 aircraft (Model TBF), 29 officers and 16 men of Night Fighting Squadron 79 (VF(N)-79) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
  • Ethnic Bhutia rifleman Ganju Lama of the British Indian Army, using a PIAT anti-tank launcher, knocked out two Japanese tanks under heavy machine gun fire at Ningthoukhong, Manipur, India. Despite a broken wrist and wounds to both hands, he engaged and killed the surviving Japanese tankers. He would be awarded the Victoria Cross for this action. ww2dbase [Battle of Imphal-Kohima | PIAT | Ningthoukhong, Manipur | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Saipan and Tinian in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Alabama escorted US carriers as carrier aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese ship in the Makassar Strait; all 6 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Bluefish | Makassar Strait | CPC]
United States
  • USS Bergall was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander J. M. Hyde in command. ww2dbase [Bergall | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jun 1944
Eisenhower, Arnold, King, and Marshall aboard a landing craft off Normandy, 12 Jun 1944US Army medics administered a plasma transfusion to an injured soldier, Fox Green Sector, Omaha Beach, Normandy, 12 Jun 1944US Army troops aboard a LCT landing craft, ready to cross the English Channel to France, 12 Jun 1944Wrecks of German Tiger I and Panzer IV tanks, Villers-Bocage, France, Jun 1944, photo 1 of 4
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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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