13 Dec 1943
  • American code breakers learned that battleship Yamato was scheduled to arrive at Truk, Caroline Islands on 25 Dec 1943 ferrying men and supplies. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • One of the first war crimes trials was held in Kharkov, where 4 Germans are accused of using death vans to murder thousands of civilians. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | TH]
  • German Armeegruppe Mitte was heavily engaged in defensive combat in and around Vitebsk, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Puffer sank Japanese freight Teiko Maru west of the Philippine Islands, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 403rd Bomb Squadron (flying B-24 aircraft) of USAAF 43rd Bomb Group was transferred from Port Moresby to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Samidare at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
  • The Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) team in transit to Xamba, Suiyuan Province, China reached the Yellow River in Ninxia Province. As the river was partially frozen, thus no ferry service was available, they waited several weeks for the ice to thicken before attempting to drive their vehicles across. ww2dbase [Ningxia | CPC]
  • Troops of German 117th Jäger Division, under the orders of Karl von Le Suire, burned 200 women and children in a schoolhouse and machine gunned 500 males aged 12 or older in the town of Kalavryta, Greece. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | Kalavryta, Western Greece | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • The Canadian attack in "The Gully" region in Italy was met with resistance, suffering heavy casualties, but it also began to wear down the strength of the defending German 90th Panzergrenadier Division, which began to fall back and was replaced by troops of German 1st Parachute Division. Nearby, after sundown, Indian troops launched an attack toward Caldari. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The US 359th Fighter Group became operational in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [England | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 13 Dec 1943
An American surgeon operated on a soldier wounded by Japanese sniper fire, Bougainville, 13 Dec 1943A-24B-5-DT Banshee aircraft (serial number 42-54459) of US 531st Fighter Squadron following a Jeep down the runway on Makin Island, Gilbert Islands, 13 Dec 1943; this was the first A-24B to arrive on Makin

13 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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