Events occurring on Monday, December 29, 1941  
  Strategic Conferences  
  The First Washington Conference, codenamed Arcadia, continued between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and their staffs. The discussions would result in a formal American commitment to the "Germany First" strategy. In addition, the United States and Britain would agree to form a Combined Chiefs of Staff as the supreme body for Allied war planning and to confer regularly in Washington. The Anglo-American allies also would agree that there should be one supreme commander directing operations in each theater.  
  The Japanese 1941-42 Philippines Campaign  
  Corregidor was bombed for the first time by Japanese naval land based attack planes, ending "normal" above ground living there. During the bombings that day, the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS 9) was damaged in Mariveles Harbor and the river gunboat USS Mindanao (PR 8) was damaged by near misses off Corregidor. Bombs also set fire to Philippine freighter Don Jose and the hulk of the U.S. freighter Capillo off Corregidor. The minesweeper USS Finch (AM 9) put out the blaze on board both ships. The Philippine presidential yacht Casiana was bombed and sunk near the Fort Mills dock. The Philippine steamship Bicol and motor vessel Aloha were scuttled in Manila Bay. The USS Finch later assists the U.S. Navy- commandeered tug Trabajador in dumping unused mines in Manila Bay, an operation those two ships will repeat the following day as well. The Cable Censor for Manila, Lt. Frederick L. Worcester, cleared the Pasig River of interisland shipping and tugs and other ships that have drawn heavy bombing from Japanese planes, thus saving the area from further destruction and the shipping for use in maintaining communications between Bataan and Corregidor and in patrol work. This action was later praised as a "commendable assumption of authority and action by non-nautical" district officers.  
  Japanese Submarine Warfare  
  The submarine IJN RO-60, returning from the Wake Island operation, was irreparably damaged by grounding, Kwajalein Atoll.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  U.S. Navy Task Unit 4.1.5, under command of Commander William K. Phillips, assumed guard for east-bound Convoy HX-167. The U.S. freighter Stonestreet was damaged by an evaporator explosion. One man was killed and three injured. The destroyer USS Simpson (DD 221) put a medical officer and corpsman on board promptly to treat the injured. The Stonestreet was directed to return to St. John's with a U.S. PBY Catalina providing cover. During the voyage to Iceland, Convoy HX-167 would not encounter any enemy submarines but poor navigation by the convoy would result in a critical fuel state for the "shortlegged" flush-deck destroyers.  
  German Commerce Raiders  
  The German submarine U-129 and the Italian submarine Pietro Calvi, carrying the last of the survivors of the German commerce raider Atlantis and U-Boat supply tender Python arrived at the port of Saint-Nazaire.  
  Events in the Western United States  
  All suspected enemy aliens in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada were to have surrender all contraband, including short-wave radios, cameras, binoculars, and weapons by 11 a.m. at local police stations.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The submarine U-602 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Philipp Schüler.  
  December 1941 Calendar  
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