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9 Dec 1944
  • USS Wisconsin was attached to the US Navy Third Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US Army Air Forces established the 509th Composite Group for atomic weapon delivery. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Whilst defending a position at Faenza, Italy, Captain John Blunt, age 22,of the British Lincolnshire Regiment used anti-tank PIATs, Bren guns and a 2-inch mortar to drive the enemy back. Later he turned another attack, blazing away with a Bren from the top of a tank. His conduct earned him the Victoria Cross but he did not live to know it. Supposedly safe by this time, he was killed on the following day by shellfire. ww2dbase [AC]
France
  • Fort Jeanne d'Arc, the last German garrison (some 500 men of the Fuesilier Battalion, 462nd Volksgrenadier Division) which had been holding out before Metz, France surrendered, through lack of food and water, to Brigadier General Harlan N. Harness of the US 26th Division. However, through bad weather, flooding, and American underestimation of the strength of the forts, had by this time, enabled the German 82nd Corps and 13 SS Corps to make a successful withdrawal to a new defensive line on the River Sarre. ww2dbase [AC]
Hawaii
  • USS Shamrock Bay arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Charr arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Experiments with jet propulsion on planes were conducted on this station. Air Group 9 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Hungary
  • Soviet troops reached the Danube River north of Budapest, Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Italy
  • In Italy, British Army Sherwood Foresters Lieutenant (temporary Captain) John Henry Cound Brunt used a PIAT and other weapons to fire on advancing Germans, and then jumped on top of a Sherman tank to help direct the tank gun fire, both of which contributed in repulsing a German counterattack by 90th Panzergrenadier Division. He would later be awarded the Victoria Cross, posthumously, for this action. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Norway
  • Emden ran aground in the Oslofjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Segundo recorded stormy weather with winds measuring 8 on the 12-point Beaufort scale. When a large wave hit her, Fireman 1st Class G. H. Saunders was washed overboard and was lost; he was USS Segundo's first casualty. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Dec 1944
US soldiers in a recently captured town, 9 Dec 1944; note fallen US soldierThe airstrip at Angaur, Palau Islands Dec 9 1944 with B-24Js of the 22nd Bomb Group on the near side and B-24s of the 494th Bomb Group on the far side; plus one C-47A Skytrain supply aircraft.Indianapolis off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 Dec 1944, photo 1 of 2Indianapolis off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 Dec 1944, photo 2 of 2

9 Dec 1944 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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935