23 Dec 1942
  • Hartwig von Ludwiger was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Hartwig von Ludwiger | CPC]
Alaska
  • Bob Hope agreed to entertain US airmen in Alaska; it was the first of the traditional Christmas shows. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down an aircraft over Burma, his eighth victory. After dark, he shot down a Blenheim aircraft over Magwe, Burma, increasing his score to nine. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | CPC]
Germany
  • Hubert Lanz was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
Philippines
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | Manila | CPC]
Russia Tunisia
  • German 10th Panzer Division took back American and British territorial gains in Tunisia made on the previous day. ww2dbase [Advance into Tunisia | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Rock was laid down by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Wisconsin, United States. ww2dbase [Rock | Manitowoc, Wisconsin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Dec 1942
Close-up view of a P-38G Lightning aircraft cockpit, 23 Dec 1942; note the yoke rather than stick control and the bullet proof glass panel above the instrument panel. Photo 1 of 3.View of Stalingrad, Russia, 23 Dec 1942Admiral Halsey, Rear Admiral Charles P Mason, Captain Austin K Doyle, and an unidentified captain in the captainClose-up view of a P-38G Lightning aircraft cockpit, 23 Dec 1942; note the yoke rather than stick control and the bullet proof glass panel above the instrument panel. Photo 2 of 3.
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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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