19 Dec 1943
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Submarine Croaker was launched, sponsored by the wife of Admiral William H. P. Blandy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 50,000 people gathered in the square in Kharkov, Ukraine to witness the hanging of four Germans found guilty of killing 30,000 civilians in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • French Résistants engaged in heavy fighting with Germans in Bernex, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • RAF bombers delivered propaganda leaflets over France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In an order published by Lord Louis Mountbatten the air forces of the RAF and USAAF in the South East Asia Command were combined into a single force under the command of Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Peirse. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 16 B-24 bombers with an escort of 50 P-38, F4U, and Kittyhawk fighters attacked Rabaul, New Britain. 49 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans lost 2 aircraft in combat and a further 8 aircraft were written off after the mission; the Japanese lost 5 A6M fighters in combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 18 A6M3 fighters arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 2nd Bomb Squadron (flying B-25 and B-26 aircraft) of USAAF 22nd Bomb Group and the headquarters of USAAF 375th Troop Carrier Group were transferred out of Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • USS S-35 set sail toward Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank a Japanese patrol vessel in the Philippine Sea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Golet departed Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Dec 1943
Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt in discussion at the Hotel George V, Paris, France, 19 Dec 1943, photo 1 of 5Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt in discussion at the Hotel George V, Paris, France, 19 Dec 1943, photo 2 of 5Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt in discussion at the Hotel George V, Paris, France, 19 Dec 1943, photo 3 of 5Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt in discussion at the Hotel George V, Paris, France, 19 Dec 1943, photo 5 of 5; General Alfred Gause at right of photo
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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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