23 Dec 1942

Alaska
  • Bob Hope agreed to entertain US airmen in Alaska; it was the first of the traditional Christmas shows. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down an aircraft over Burma, his eighth victory. After dark, he shot down a Blenheim aircraft over Magwe, Burma, increasing his score to nine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Hubert Lanz was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • Erich von Manstein's troops began to withdraw to Kotelnikovo, Russia where they started their offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Tunisia
  • German 10th Panzer Division took back American and British territorial gains in Tunisia made on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Rock was laid down by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Wisconsin, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Dec 1942
View of Stalingrad, Russia, 23 Dec 1942Admiral Halsey, Rear Admiral Charles P Mason, Captain Austin K Doyle, and an unidentified captain in the captainClose-up view of a P-38G Lightning aircraft cockpit, 23 Dec 1942; note the yoke rather than stick control and the bullet proof glass panel above the instrument panel. Photo 2 of 3.Close-up view of a P-38G Lightning aircraft cockpit, 23 Dec 1942; note the yoke rather than stick control and the bullet proof glass panel above the instrument panel. Photo 3 of 3.

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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