12 Nov 1943
  • A combined German sea and airborne attack began on the British-held Greek island of Leros. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Soviet troops captured Zhytomyr, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Karl Dönitz complained in his diary that Allied air superiority and radar was severely restricting his ability to conduct campaigns. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Admiral Mineichi Koga ordered the remaining Carrier Division 1 aircraft at Rabaul, New Britain to be withdrawn to Truk, Caroline Islands. After the departure of Carrier Division 1, Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka noted that 11th Air Fleet had the strength of only 202 aircraft, only 110 of which were combat-ready. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • At 0400 hours, 9 G4M and 5 B5N aircraft attacked a convoy of LST and converted destroyer-transport vessels in the Solomon Islands, sinking destroyer-transport USS McKean but also losing 4 B5N aircraft in combat. 1 G4M and 1 B5N aircraft suffered heavy damage but were able to return to Rabaul, New Britain. In the late morning, 10 D3A and 55 A6M aircraft, also from Rabaul, attacked an American convoy in the Solomon Islands. 10 Japanese aircraft were shot down; minimal damage was inflicted to the American vessels. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Patrick Hurley met with Chiang Kaishek. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Harder sank damaged a Japanese armed trawler (hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes) and then sank it with gunfire in the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Nov 1943
USS Alabama, USS Monterey, and USS Indiana (background) en route to Gilbert Islands, 12 Nov 1943; photo taken from USS LexingtonUSS Alabama en route to Gilbert islands, 12 Nov 1943; note USS Indiana in distance and another ship in background; photo taken from USS MontereySBD-5 Dauntless aircraft flying over USS Washington and USS Lexington in the Pacific Ocean en route toward the Gilbert Islands, 12 Nov 1943

12 Nov 1943 Interactive Map

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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