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24 Dec 1944
  • USS Missouri with USS Bailey and Terry as escort arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Missouri | Bailey | DS]
  • A nearly complete Japanese Fu-Go balloon bomb was found near Holy Cross in western Alaska. ww2dbase [Fu-Go | Holy Cross | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The troopship Leopoldville, carrying 2,000 American soldiers across the English Channel, was torpedoed by German submarine U-486. Escorting warships lifted off many soldiers, although quite a few who suffered broken bones jumping onto the wildly pitching steel decks, but 819 men perished. ww2dbase [English Channel | AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • At Seeadler Harbor, Manus, Captain Joe Paschal came aboard escort carrier USS Steamer Bay as relief of Captain Teller as commanding officer. The actual exchange of command would occur two weeks later. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | Manus, Admiralty Islands | DS]
  • Near LiĆ©ge, Belgium, Brigadier General Frederick Castle, flying as a co-pilot in the US Eighth Air Force's massive operation to frustrate the movement of German troops and supplies in the Ardennes, was killed after ordering the surviving members of his severely damaged aircraft to bale out. His intrepidity and willingness to sacrifice his own life to save others would earn him the Medal of Honor. He was the highest ranking officer in the Eighth Air Force to be so honoured. ww2dbase [Hods | AC]
  • At the village of Bande some thirty SS personnel rounded up some seventy male Belgian civilians as they left a mass at the village church. Those between the ages of seventeen and thirty-one were taken to a nearby sawmill, interrogated and taken outside and shot. One survivor, 21-year-old LĆ©on Praile, managed to escape, but when the village was ultimately liberated by British paratroopers a false rumour accused Praile of escaping death by betraying his comrades. Praile was forced to flee from the region and would never return. ww2dbase [Bande, Luxembourg | AC]
Caroline Islands Germany Hawaii Hungary Japan
  • Japanese Navy landing ship No. 186 was completed and was transferred to the Army as a SB craft. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Ise Bay, Japan at 0600 hours and arrived at Oshima Bay at 1600 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Ise Bay | CPC]
  • A Board of Enquiry was held on board HMS Ajax at Malta regarding the sinking of HMS Neptune. ww2dbase [Neptune | AC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Kete departed Saipan, Mariana Islands, resuming her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Kete | Saipan | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Barbero sank Japanese tanker Junpo Maru and damaged a transport in the South China Sea, hitting them with 9 of 14 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Barbero | South China Sea | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 157 was sunk by a US destroyer in the Pacific Ocean off Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Fifty German Heinkel bombers air-launched V1 flying bombs from off the eastern coast of Britain targeting the Manchester area. Most fell harmlessly all over the north of England but a handful came down in the Oldham area, killing 42 and injuring more than 100. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | AC]
United States
  • USS Hackleback arrived at the Fleet Sonar School at Key West, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [Hackleback | Key West, Florida | CPC]
  • Guards at the Camp Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, United States realized that 25 prisoners of war had escaped on the previous day. ww2dbase [Camp Papago Park | Phoenix, Arizona | CPC]
  • The USAAF announced Glenn Miller's disappearance over the English Channel nine days prior. ww2dbase [Glenn Miller | AC]
US Pacific Islands Yugoslavia
  • Soviet UKR operatives attached to Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front arrested Russian monarchist Vasili Shulgin, who had not been active in politics for many years, in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Novi Sad, Serbia | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Dec 1944
Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffeBomb bay view of Martin B-26 Marauder bombers of the 323rd and 394th Bomb Groups drop 122 tons of bombs in an effort to take down the railroad bridge across the Moselle river at Trier, Germany, 24 Dec 1944.Air Group 81 aircraft parked on the flight deck of USS Wasp arriving at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 24 Dec 1944View aboard USS Wasp during 5-inch/38 caliber gun firing practice, 24 Dec 1944
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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