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12 Dec 1944
  • US Third Army captured the V-rocket factory at Wittring in eastern France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The American invasion fleet for Mindoro, Philippine Islands set sail. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • After sundown, USS Pintado sank Japanese Transport No. 12 and Japanese Transport No. 104 in the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippine Islands, hitting them with three of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • Roza Shanina was wounded in the right shoulder by a German sniper. ww2dbase [Roza Shanina | CPC]
  • USS Bailey departed San Francisco bound for San Diego, California for a period of refresher training. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Baltic Sea
  • German destroyer Z35 and Z36, while laying mines, accidentally sailed into the existing "Nashorn" minefield 2.5 nautical miles further north of their intended position off the Estonian coast. Z36 struck a mine at 0152 hours and Z35 struck another at 0200 hours. Both sank. 70 survivors of Z35 were rescued by the Soviets, while all aboard Z36 were lost. ww2dbase [Z36 | Z35 | Gulf of Finland | CPC]
Burma Germany Italy Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
Philippines United Kingdom
  • Dwight Eisenhower arrived in London, England, United Kingdom and secured Winston Churchill's agreement on Eisenhower's strategy for the war in Europe for the foreseeable future. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | London, England | CPC]
  • B-17 bomber 'Devil's Own', piloted by Lieutenant John E. DeWitt, landed at RAF Debach in eastern England, United Kingdom with a burning engine. Moments after he and his crew safely evacuated the aircraft, the fire detonated its bomb load, destroying the aircraft and damaging nearby facilities. ww2dbase [Debach Airfield | Woodbridge, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Dec 1944
USS North Carolina in heavy seas as seen from USS Ticonderoga, off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944USS North Carolina in heavy seas, off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944, photo 1 of 2USS North Carolina in heavy seas, off the Philippine Islands, 12 Dec 1944, photo 2 of 2Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Major General Colin Muir Barber inspecting the 15th Scottish Division, 12 Dec 1944. At 6-feet, 9-inches, Barber was considered the tallest officer in the British Army.
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