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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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Soviet troops reached the Danube River north of Budapest, Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Whilst defending a position at Faenza, Italy, Lieutenant (temporary Captain) John Henry Cound Brunt, age 22, of the British Army Sherwood Foresters (attached Lincolnshire Regiment) used anti-tank PIATs, Bren guns, and a 2-inch mortar to drive back a German 90th Panzergrenadier Division counterattack. Later he turned another attack, blazing away with a Bren from the top of a Sherman 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 [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • 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
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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945