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8 Dec 1945
  • USS Tautog was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The prototype Bell Model 47 (NC1H) helicopter made its maiden flight. In 1946 the type would receive the first commercial helicopter certification. ww2dbase [AC]
China
  • Captain Harold Baker was named the commanding officer of USS Saint Paul while at Shanghai, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • An assassination attempt on Mikhail Likhachev failed in Nürnberg, Germany. His driver Buben died when the Horch 951 limousine was shot up while Likhachev was not in the vehicle. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The former Canadian frigate HMCS Teme (K 458), torpedoed by German submarine U-315 on 29 Mar 1945 and already declared a constructive total loss, was sold for scrap. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) departed San Francisco, California, United States for the Far East. Initially routed to Samar in the Philippines, but en route she was diverted to Manila, Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]

8 Dec 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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