16 Dec 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Kwajalein, then arrived at Roi; she would depart later in the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • USS Cod arrived at Fremantle, Australia for refit, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • In retaliation for a partisan attack in which two German officials were killed, 150 Polish civilians were executed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Gar began her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • Nine Avro Lancater bombers of No. 617 Squadron RAF, using the stablized automatic bomb sight, attacked a V-weapon launching site at Abbeville, France and achieved an astounding ninety-four yard target error. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The keel of submarine Carbonero was laid down. ww2dbase [Carbonero | CPC]
  • USS Iowa disembarked US President Franklin Roosevelt. ww2dbase [Iowa | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship off Luzon, Philippine Islands, hitting her with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The 46 prisoners from U-172 (survivors) sunk three days before were transferred from escort ships to escort carrier USS Bogue including the submarine’s commanding officer, Oberleutnant zur See Hermann Hoffmann, among the youngest submarine commanders in the German Navy at 22. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | Bogue | DS]
  • Submarine USS Tinosa arrived at Fremantle, Australia to end her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Tinosa | Fremantle | DS]
Australian Papua
  • The 9th Fighter Squadron (flying P-47 aircraft) of USAAF 49th Fighter Group was transferred out of Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US naval leadership in the Solomon Islands decided to embark on a fighter sweep campaign against Rabaul, New Britain with US Navy, US Marine Corps, and Royal New Zealand Air Force fighters. The first mission would be launched on the following day. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell met with Chiang Kaishek in Chongqing, China. Chiang told Stilwell that he would only allow a major Chinese offensive into Burma if the Allies could achieve a three-to-one numerical superiority against the Japanese. He also turned over full command of the two Chinese divisions training in Ramgarh, India to Stilwell, who immediately prepared them for operations in northern Burma. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chiang Kaishek | Chongqing | CPC]
Germany Italy
  • German troops counterattacked positions held by New Zealand troops outside of Orsogna, Italy before dawn; the Germans failed to gain ground, but the attack also exhausted New Zealand strength in the region. To the west, US troops captured San Pietro, Italy. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini gave Commander Ferrucio Ferrini the authorization to form a new naval infantry corps. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | CPC]
Poland United States Photo(s) dated 16 Dec 1943
Mortar men of US 1st Marine Division firing against a Japanese artillery position, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 15-25 Dec 1943LST-66 landing troops during the invasion of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, Dec 1943M4 Sherman tank and men of the US 1st Marine Division moving toward the airfield at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, Dec 1943United States Coast Guard-manned LST beaching at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Islands, Dec 1943
See all photos dated 16 Dec 1943

16 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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