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7 Dec 1944
  • US 83rd Infantry Division became part of US VII Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery, Omar Bradley, Arthur Tedder, and other Allied military leaders convened to discuss strategy. Eisenhower transferred US 9th Army to Montgomery's army group, but rejected Montgomery's notion that the southern army groups should be halted in order to make Montgomery's army group the sole attacking force. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
  • Unryu was assigned to emergency reinforcement duty for Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Unryu | CPC]
  • An earthquake lasting five minutes struck Nagoya region, Japan, killing 1,000 people and causing damage to many factories. ww2dbase [Aichi | CPC]
  • Kamikaze began a period of refitting at Ominato, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Ominato, Aomori | CPC]
  • Shortly after midnight, destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, USS Fletcher, and USS LaVallette made a sweep of Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines. Finding no Japanese shipping, they conducted a shore bombardment along Apali Point on the west side of the bay. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Philippines Campaign, Phase 1, the Leyte Campaign | Ormoc, Leyte | DS]
  • Allied convoy JW-62 arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
United Kingdom United States US Pacific Islands
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Steamer Bay launched 4 SBD Dauntless bombers for delivery to Palmyra Island. Steamer Bay then continued for Manus. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | Palmyra | DS]
Photo(s) dated 7 Dec 1944
A Mahan-class destroyer, possibly Drayton or Lamson, bombarding the objective area during landings on the shores of Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 7 Dec 1944APD Ward burning in Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands, after being struck by special attack aircraft, 7 Dec 1944; the firefighting ship was destroyer OOmar Bradley, Arthur Tedder, Dwight Eisenhower, and Bernard Montgomery at Maastricht, Netherlands, 7 Dec 1944USS Ward on fire and sinking after being struck by a Japanese special attack aircraft in Ormoc Bay, Philippines, 7 Dec 1944, three years to the day after she fired the first US shot of the Pacific War.
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