22 Dec 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Roi. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Allies designated Tito as the Allied commander in Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Josip Tito | TH]
  • Germany threatened punishment of Allied prisoners of war in retaliation for the Soviet war crimes trial in Kharkov, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | TH]
  • 51 RAF aircraft attacked 2 flying-bomb sites between Abbeville and Amiens in France. One of them was destroyed, but the other was spared as the air crews failed to locate it at night. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A small number of RAF Mosquito bombers attacked Frankfurt and Bonn in Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • A German aircraft sighted Allied convoy JW-55B sailing north from Britain toward Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of the North Cape | CPC]
  • Remy Van Lierde was assigned to the Central Gunnery School at RAF Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Remy Van Lierde | CPC]
  • Hitler instituted a National Socialist Leadership Staff at Supreme Headquarters under General Hermann Reinecke with the role of training Political Officers (Commissars) to all major military units. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Kamoi arrived at Padang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Kamoi | CPC]
Italy Netherlands
  • Robert Johnson shot down a German Bf 109G fighter over Almelo, the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | CPC]
Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-55A arrived at Arkhangelsk, Russia and convoy RA-55A departed Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
United States
  • Ed Dyess was killed in a plane crash in Burbank, California, United States. ww2dbase [Ed Dyess | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Dec 1943
Belleau Wood underway in the Pacific Ocean about to enter Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 22 Dec 1943Belleau Wood entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 22 Dec 1943Field Marshal Rommel and Lieutenant General Rupprecht (of Luftwaffe 16th Division) inspecting a forward artillery position, Dunkirk, France, 22 Dec 1943Troops of Canadian Loyal Edmonton Regiment and tank of Canadian Three Rivers Regiment, Ortona, Italy, 20-28 Dec 1943
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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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