6th Guards Tank Army of Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front captures Ipolysag
German reinforcements enter the line between the outskirts of Budapest and Lake Velencze.
German vessels Erika Schunemann, Minna Cords, Inka sunk by Soviet air attack at Libau (Liepaja)
In Occupied Liberated Greece… After a few hours lull, shelling resumed in the center of Athens. Negotiations for an armistice between the British supported Greek government and the Communist rebels are in progress. The appointment of the Archbishop of Athens as Regent has been suggested.
US 3rd Army continues advancing east of Sarreguemines while US 9st Army reaches the Roer River bank.
US 9th Army finishes clearing area around Inde
US 1st Army, having cleared Huertgen Forest, pushes toward Dueren.
US 3rd Army attacking around Habkirchen and Rimling
US 7th Army captures Lembach and fighting around Fort Schiesseck, Climbach, and Lauterbourg
German forces counterattack French 1st Army at Colmar in Alsace, capturing an important height dominating the main Mulhouse-Belfort road at a point 25 miles southwest of Mulhouse.
US 9th Air Force bombers grounded by poor weather conditions
Otto Skorzeny took command of German Armored Brigade 150
British 8th Army renews offensive around Pergola ridge, Colle, and Naviglio canal
Canadian elements of British 8th Army are engaged in an effort to widen the bridgehead over the Lamone River. Canadian forces drive the defending German forces back toward the Canale Naviglio.
US 5th Army halts unsuccessful attacks against Tossignano
RN destroyers Brocklesby and Wheatland bombard Bar
ALDENHAM (1,050t, 5/2/42), sunk by mine, NE Adriatic, December 14, 1944. RN destroyer Aldenham sunk by mine off Pola. ‘Hunt’ escort destroyer ALDENHAM was the 67th and last Royal Navy destroyer lost in the Mediterranean. Returning from bombarding a German-held island off Fiume in the northern Adriatic, she was mined and sunk northwest of Zara.
USN destroyer Charles F. Hughes bombards German positions near French border
North Sea RAF Bomber Command sends 39 aircraft on minelaying operations overnight
13/14 December 1944 52 Lancasters and 7 Mosquitos of No 5 Group were sent to attack the German cruiser Koln berthed in Oslo Fjord but, when the bombers reached Oslo Fjord, the Koln had moved to another location. Other ships were bombed instead but the results were not observed. No aircraft lost.
10 Lancasters and 9 Halifaxes minelaying in the Kattegat without loss.
RN task force and carrier-based aircraft attack shipping along Norwegian coast. Luftwaffe aircraft unsuccessfully attack RN task force off Norwegian coast
Six V-2 rocket launches against Antwerp
Japanese forces make unsuccessful attack against US 475th Infantry Regiment of Northern Combat Area Command at Tonk-wa
Japanese garrison of Bhamo breaks out overnight and withdraws safely toward Namhkam
British 14th Army captures Pinlebu, Pinbon, and Indaw
British 15th Corps begins advancing toward Buthidaung in the Arakan
RN Task Force 64 with destroyers Napier and Nepal and supporting warships bombards Japanese positions along the Arakan coast in support of 15th Corps operations
US 14th Air Force attacks targets around Loi Mwe and Kentung with 16 aircraft
US 10th Air Force attacks targets around Mongmit with 12 bombers, also attacks Japanese positions, transportation targets, and supply depots around Bodegon, Panghkam, Hohai, Dobin, Kyaukpyintha, Ho-naw, Kunlong, Nawngkyaung, Tonkwa, and elsewhere
Twenty Japanese aircraft intercept a formation of transports over the Bhamo-Lashio road, but USAAF fighters intervene
US 7th Air Force attacks Iwo Jima with 24 B-24 bombers
Philippine Islands US 6th Army making slow progress against Japanese defenses on Leyte Island
USAAF, USMC, and USN aircraft attack airfields throughout the islands in effort to prevent Japanese kamikaze attacks
Carrier-based aircraft from USN Task Force 38 attack airfields on Luzon and shipping in adjacent waters
In the Philippines… US Task Force 38 (Admiral McCain) launches air strikes on airfields throughout Luzon. TF38 includes 13 carriers, 8 battleships and numerous cruisers and destroyers. The attacks are in support of the American landing on Mindoro.
TF 38 raids airfields on Luzon, destroying 170 Japanese aircraft for the loss of 65 US planes.
USS Ticonderoga launched Air Group 80 aircraft for 7 strikes against Japanese positions in northern Luzon, Philippine Islands.
USS Wasp’s aircraft attacked Japanese airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands.
Far to the east, the US Navy Fast Carrier Task Force arrived 90 miles east of Luzon, Philippine Islands and began to launch aircraft to cover the landings on Mindoro.
USS Marcus Island’s air group shot down one Japanese aircraft.
USS Astoria escorted fleet carriers east of Luzon, Philippine Islands.
USS Alabama escorted US carriers off Luzon, Philippine Islands as carrier aircraft began attacking Japanese positions in the area.
One of USS Columbia’s 5” guns misfired during combat off the Philippine Islands, killing four.
USS Preston guarded carriers while the carriers launched strikes against Luzon, Philippine Islands.
Fearing they were about to be invaded, Japanese defenders in Palawan in the Philippine Islands murdered 145 American prisoners of war by shooting, bayoneting, clubbing and setting them on fire while still alive. Japanese vessel T-109 sunk by USN carrier-based aircraft off Vigan Island
IJN Coast Defense Vessel No. 28 sunk by USN submarine Blenny off Luzon Island
IJN guardboat No. 5 Taisho Maru (47 BRT) sunk by USN submarine Blenny off Luzon Island
RAAF Catalina aircraft conduct minelaying operations in Manila Bay
US 20th Air Force attacks Bangkok and other targets with 47 B-29 bombers flying from Calcutta
East Indies US FEAF aircraft attack Boeroe Island, Halmahera Island, and northern Borneo
IJN auxiliary minesweeper No. 7 Choun Maru (163 BRT) sunk by RN submarine Shalimar
Convoy ON 272 departs Southend for New York City
Convoy HX 326 departs New York City for Liverpool
USS Blenny reported sinking a small Japanese craft with her deck gun in the morning; in the evening at about 22:00 hours, she sank a destroyer escort with two torpedoes (three were fired).
USS Rock departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth war patrol.
USS Missouri departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
US Congress established the rank of Fleet Admiral in the active list of the US Navy and the rank of General of the Army in the active list of the US Army
The RaLa Experiment of the Manhattan Project yielded evidence that spherical implosion was possible for compression of the plutonium pit of an atomic bomb.
as it moved north along the west coast of Bataan Peninsula and attacked it many times that day.
Begin(ning) Liese-Aktion: werving of labor force for Germany
Congress establshes rank of General of Army (5-star General)
German occupiers forbid use of electricity in parts of Hollan
In der Schweiz wird Bundesrat Eduard von Steiger als Nachfolger von Walter Stampfli zum Bundespräsidenten für das Jahr 1945 gewählt.
Alliierte Luftstreitkräfte fliegen Bombenangriffe auf Rangun (Birma) und Bangkok (Thailand).
Adria Die brit. Zerstörer Aldenham und Atherstone beschießen feindliche Stellungen auf der Insel Pag und an der gegenüber liegenden Festlandsküste mit Hilfe von Artilleriebeobachtern auf der Insel und unterstützt von Partisanen. Auf dem Rückmarsch gerät Aldenham (Cdr. J. G. Farrant) 50 sm südöstlich von Pola auf eine Mine und sinkt. 63 Mann der Besatzung, darunter der Kommandant, werden vom Zerstörer Atherstone und den hinzustoßenden Küstenschutzbooten ML 238 und HDML 1162 gerettet, die Zahl der Opfer beträgt 126, darunter 2 auf Pag verwundete Partisanen, sowie ein Verbindungsoffizier der Tito-Marine, Oberst Ivan Preradovic (Quelle: A. Mason, The last destroyer).
Angriff der Gruppe No.5 des RAF Bomber Command gegen Schiffe im Oslofjord. Das Hauptziel, der Kreuzer Köln, wird nur durch Naheinschläge beschädigt, und der Zerstörer Karl Galster entkommt unbeschädigt.
Am 14.12. greifen die Kreuzer Diadem und Mauritius mit 4 Zerstörern den dt. Schiffsverkehr vor Stadlandet an. Dt. Luftaufklärer kommen an einen brit. Verband mit den Geleitträgern Premier und Trumpeter, dem Kreuzer Devonshire sowie den Zerstörern Zealous, Serapis, Savage, Zephyr, Algonquin (kanad.) und Sioux (kanad.). 30 Torpedoflugzeuge der II/KG.26 (Hptm.(?) Schmidt) versuchen erfolglos die brit. Schiffe zu finden, 2 Ju 88 kehren von ihrem Einsatz nicht zurück.
Ostsee Bei einem sowj. Luftangriff auf den Hafen von Libau werden die Transporter Erika Schünemann (1177 BRT), Minna Cords (951 BRT) und Tanker Inka (427 BRT) versenkt, mehrere andere Schiffe beschädigt.
Vom 13.-14.12. verlegt der Transporter Voronezh mit Konvoi BI-29, unter Geleitschutz von T-117, T-38, T-53, BO-222, BO-152 und BO-153 vom Weißen Meer nach Iokanga.
Spiteful (LtCdr. Sherwood) versenkt am 14.12. in der Straße von Makassar einen Küstenfrachter