15 Dec 1943
  • San Jacinto was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Finback completed overhaul at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii and departed for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The four Germans on trial for war crimes in Kharkov, Ukraine all pled guilty, with admissions that over 30,000 victims died. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • 16 RAF Mosquito aircraft attacked Düsseldorf, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Guilin Infantry Training Center in China graduated its first class of infantry troops. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Allied Troop Carrier Command was established incorporating 443rd Group USAAF and 177 Transport Wing RAF under the command of US Brigadier General William D. Old. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German Luftwaffe Major Hubertus von Bonin, the Geschwaderkommodore of JG 54, was killed when his Fw 190A-5 aircraft was shot down. With 64 Russian Front victories to his credit, he had the dubious distinction of being the only JG 54 leader to be killed in action. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Vasily Kuznetsov was made the deputy commander of 1st Baltic Front. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The Markham Valley Road connecting Nadzab and Lae in Australian Territory of New Guinea completed its maintenance and upgrade, thus allowing Nadzab Airfield to fully utilize its potential. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Caroline Islands Italy
  • Indian troops secured positions between Ortona and Orsogna in Italy, while New Zealand troops advanced toward Orsogna. Nearby, German troops mounted a counterattack on Casa Berardi, which was repulsed by Canadian troops. To the west, Units of US VI Corps and French Expeditionary Corps attacked German positions on the Bernhardt Line. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • The keel of landing ship No. 102 was laid down by Osaka Zosen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Dec 1943
M4 Sherman tank and men of the US 1st Marine Division on the beach of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, 15 Dec 1943US Marines moving ashore at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, 15 Dec 1943Troops of the US Army 112th Cavalry Regiment (Texas National Guard) landing at Arawe, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, 15 Dec 1943; note LVTs and M1 Garand riflesUS Army LCI landing craft moving toward Cape Gloucester as smoke screened Target Hill and the beaches, New Britain, Dec 1943
See all photos dated 15 Dec 1943

15 Dec 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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