8 Dec 1943
  • US Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz was appointed Chief of US Strategic Air Forces in Europe. ww2dbase [Carl Spaatz | TH]
  • Mussolini's Repubblica Sociale Italiana in Northern Italy established the Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Rysa was mined and sunk off La Maddalena, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Joseph Stilwell departed Cairo, Egypt. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The still under construction Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands saw its second unscheduled landing, three F4U aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 which were running low on fuel. ww2dbase [Cape Torokina, Bougainville | CPC]
France Hawaii Italy
  • Franklin Roosevelt arrived in Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Sicilia | CPC]
  • In Sicily, Italy, George Patton was told by US President Franklin Roosevelt in person that Patton was to hold army-level command in the upcoming invasion of France. ww2dbase [George Patton | Sicilia | CPC]
  • Canadian 1st Infantry Division gained a bridgehead along the Moro River near San Leonardo, Italy; after sundown, troops of Royal Canadian Engineers built a bridge over the river for tanks to move north to reinforce the bridgehead. To the west, US troops attacked Monte SambĂșcaro and the Mignano Gap, Italy. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | CPC]
  • USS S-35 reached Kurile Islands waters. ww2dbase [S-35 | Hokkaido | CPC]
  • USS Alabama bombarded Nauru, expending 535 406-millimeter rounds. During the bombardment, destroyer USS Boyd received a hit from a Japanese coastal gun; the medical staff aboard USS Alabama treated three wounded sailors from USS Boyd. ww2dbase [Alabama | CPC]
Poland Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1943
USS North Carolina bombarding Nauru, 8 Dec 1943; note OS2U Kingfisher aircraft in foregroundGenerals George Patton, Henry “Hap” Arnold, and Mark Clark at the Castelvetrano Airfield, Sicily, Italy, awaiting the arrival of President Roosevelt, 8 Dec 1943.Franklin Roosevelt with Dwight Eisenhower at Castelvetrano Airport in Sicily, Italy, after the conferences at Tehran and Cairo, 8 Dec 1943; note Patton in background

8 Dec 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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