24 Nov 1943
  • British Army Sergeant Thomas Derrick won the Victoria Cross in New Guinea after volunteering to go out alone to tackle Japanese gun positions. He destroyed 10 with grenades, enabling the Australian advance to continue. Derrick did not live to receive the medal, dying from wounds sustained in a later action in Borneo in May 1945. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Albert W. Grant was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Albert W. Grant | CPC]
  • USS Puffer departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol in the Sulu Sea area off the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • US Army aviation engineering units arrived in India to expand airfields in the Calcutta area. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The still under construction Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands saw its first unscheduled landing, an emergency landing by a US Navy SBD aircraft. ww2dbase [Cape Torokina, Bougainville | CPC]
Germany Hawaii
  • USS Luce departed Hawaiian Islands waters. ww2dbase [Luce | CPC]
Iceland Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-75 fired three Type 95 torpedoes at escort carrier USS Liscome Bay off Makin Atoll. One struck near the stern setting off the ship's bomb magazine and blowing off the stern section. The ship sank within 23 minutes killing 644 officers and men, including Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller. ww2dbase [Doris Miller | Type 95 | Gilbert Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • Allied convoy JW-54A arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
United States
  • USS Wasp was commissioned into service with Captain Clifton A. F. Sprague in command. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | CPC]
  • Task Group 21.14 (TG 21.14) was reformed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBF-1C Avengers and FM-1 Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-55 embarked and with escorts of destroyers USS Decatur, Leary, Babbitt, Schenk. TG 21.14 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 24 Nov 1943
Firefighters extinguishing a burning Hellcat fighter on Cowpens, 24 Nov 1943Enterprise underway during Gilberts operation, 24 Nov 1943American flag flying over Betio, Tarawa Atoll, 24 Nov 1943Looking east down the airfield, Betio, Tarawa Atoll, 24 Nov 1943
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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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