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15 Dec 1944
  • The US 7th Army crossed into Germany from Alsace, France. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Hawkbill sank Japanese destroyer Momo. ww2dbase [Hawkbill | CPC]
  • USS Pintado set sail for Australia. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy 3rd Air Fleet attached to the Combined Fleet grew to the strength of two air flotillas and 10 air groups. The 13th Air Group attached to the Southwest Area Fleet was reorganized to contain one air flotilla and two air groups. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS King George V arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [King George V | CPC]
  • Submarine I-369 was assigned to Submarine Squadron 7 of the Japanese 6th Fleet. ww2dbase [I-369 | CPC]
  • US troops landed on Mindoro, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | TH]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Noted American dance band leader Glenn Miller departed England, United Kingdom aboard a Noorduyn C-64A Norseman aircraft piloted by Flight Officer John R. S. "Nipper" Morgan for Villacoublay, France. The aircraft disappeared somewhere over the English Channel. ww2dbase [Glenn Miller | C-64 Norseman | English Channel | AC]
Germany Guam
  • USS Archerfish arrived at Guam, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Archerfish | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Landing ship No. 147 was launched. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshiro Fujimaki was named the commanding officer of Kamoi while the ship was at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy formed 631st Naval Air Group for the operation of submarine-borne attack seaplanes. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese Navy 6th Fleet established Submarine Squadron 1 for the operation of long range carrier submarines. By this time, however, none of the Seiran attack aircraft were ready for operational service. ww2dbase [M6A Seiran | CPC]
  • USS Dragonet struck an underwater obstruction near Matsuwa in the Kurile Islands, Japan (now Matua, Russia) in the morning and flooded her forward torpedo room, forcing her to surface and escape. ww2dbase [Dragonet | Matsuwa, Hokkaido | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Spot arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Spot | Saipan | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Preston (Fletcher-class) | CPC]
  • USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for 6 strikes against Japanese positions in northern Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Ticonderoga | DS]
  • USS Portland covered the landings on Mindoro, Philippines. ww2dbase [Portland | Philippines Campaign, Phase 2 | Mindoro | DS]
  • USS New Mexico began supporting the operations on Mindoro, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
  • SB No. 120 (formerly landing ship No. 106) was sunk by US aircraft in Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | Lingayen Gulf | CPC]
  • USS Wasp's aircraft attacked Japanese airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • USS Marcus Island's air group shot down three Japanese aircraft off Mindoro, Philippine Islands; two aircraft crashed in the water near her and caused minor damage and some casualties. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 15 Dec 1944
Gun crew of cruiser Phoenix tried to identify an aircraft above, off Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 15 Dec 1944Map showing front lines at the Ardennes forest immediately before the Battle of the Bulge, 15 Dec 1944USS Hancock underway in the Philippine Sea, 15 Dec 1944Camp Landis, Kachin, northern Burma, 15-16 Dec 1944
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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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