23 Nov 1943
  • Japanese resistance ended on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [Gilbert Islands Campaign | TH]
  • USAAF fighter pilot Chuck Yeager departed for Britain. ww2dbase [Charles Yeager | CPC]
  • Kaiyo was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Kaiyo | CPC]
  • In a meeting between Chinese and American leadership in Cairo, Egypt, Chiang Kaishek demanded American supplies for the Chinese war effort; believing that the demands were unreasonable and observing that Chiang would not budge, George Marshall simply stormed out of the meeting. ww2dbase [Cairo Conference | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-516 hit the unescorted American steam tanker Elizabeth Kellogg with a torpedo 150 miles north of CristĂłbal, Panama in the Caribbean Sea at 0935 hours. 10 were killed; the 38 survivors were picked up by tanker USAT Y-10 and submarine chaser USS SC-1017. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | Caribbean Sea | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | Truk | CPC]
  • Irako arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands at 1550 hours. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
  • Naka departed Ponape, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Ponape | CPC]
France Germany Italy Japan
  • Tomokazu Kasai was assigned to a front line fighter squadron based at Matsuyama airfield, Shikoku, Japan. ww2dbase [Tomokazu Kasai | Matsuyama, Ehime | CPC]
Taiwan
  • The USAAF commenced operations with the new P-51A fighter in Asia when eight P-51 fighters from Claire Chennault's 23rd Fighter Group escorted B-25 Mitchell bombers in an attack on the Japanese airfield in Shinchiku Prefecture (now Hsinchu), Taiwan. ww2dbase [P-51 Mustang | Shinchiku Airfield | Shinchiku | AC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Nov 1943
Colonel Merritt Edson and Colonel David Shoup met over Betio tactics, Tarawa Atoll, 23 Nov 1943Chiang Kaishek, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Song Meiling, Cairo, Egypt, Nov 1943, photo 3 of 4Map depicting the invasion of Makin and Tarawa Atolls, Gilbert Islands, 20-23 Nov 1943Chiang Kaishek, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Song Meiling at Cairo, Egypt, Nov 1943, photo 1 of 4
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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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