10 Dec 1943 Australian Papua
  • 64th Bomb Squadron (flying B-24 aircraft) of USAAF 43rd Bomb Group was transferred from Port Moresby to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands was declared fully operational after a short 40-day construction. 17 F4U aircraft of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-216 became the first to officially arrive at the airfield, although the airfield had already received two unscheduled emergency landings on 24 Nov 1943 and 8 Dec 1943. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
France Greece
  • Karl von Le Suire issued the order to destroy the town of Kalavryta, Greece as retribution for the killing of 78 German soldiers by Greek ELAS partisan fighters. This would result in the Massacre of Kalavryta thre days later, which saw the death of about 700 Greek civilians. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | CPC]
  • British Eighth Army, with Canadian elements, crossed the Moro River in Italy and entered "The Gully", capturing Vino Ridge. To the west, US troops captured the heights surrounding the Mignano Gap in Italy. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | TH, CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 129 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • Irako arrived at Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Irako | CPC]
  • Allen Dulles, OSS Station chief in Switzerland, reported to Washington details of the development of a new German U-boat fitted with Schnorkel underwater breathing devices. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • USS Wake Island arrived at San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Wake Island | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Dec 1943
Canadian 48th Highlanders infantry regiment in Italy, 10 Dec 1943; the man with binoculars was Platoon Commander McdonaldUS F4U-1 Corsair, US F6F-3 Hellcat, US SBD Dauntless, and New Zealand Kittyhawk Mk. IV aircraft at the Barakoma airfield at Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 10 Dec 1943Enigma machine in use, 10 Dec 1943F4U-1A Corsair of Marine Squadron VMF-216 at Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 10 Dec 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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