12 Dec 1943
  • Yamato departed Truk to cover for troop transport operation BO-1. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Feldmarschall Rommel was appointed the head of Armeegruppe B based in France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In Moscow, Russia, a treaty of friendship was signed between Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A treaty of amity, mutual aid and collaboration after the war was concluded by the Soviet Union with Czechoslovakia. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands China
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 18 RAF Mosquito aircraft attacked Essen, Germany while 9 RAF Mosquito aircraft attacked Düsseldorf, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: More of ACORN-21 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The Canadian attack in "The Gully" region in Italy was met with resistance, suffering heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
New Hebrides
  • USS Alabama arrived at Efate Island, New Hebrides Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy JW-55A departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jean Knox relinquished the temporary rank of chief controller of the British Auxiliary Territorial Service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Preston was launched at San Pedro, California, United States, sponsored by sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Gross. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Harder arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Submarine Barbero was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine R. Keating. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Wake Island departed San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Dec 1943
Aerial view of shipping in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard repair basin with Ford Island beyond, 12 Dec 1943. Note the camouflage patterns painted on the roofs of the buildings.Aerial view of shipping in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard dry docks, 12 Dec 1943. Note USS Lexington (Essex-class) in the new Drydock No. 4 at the top of the photo.Launching of submarine Barbero, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 12 Dec 1943

12 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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