23 Dec 1944

Australian New Guinea
  • USS Marcus Island arrived at the Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Indian 2nd and 20th Divisions reached Pyingaing, Burma, which was not defended by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • While leading 16 Mustang fighters of 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron back from an attack on the Wuchang-Hankou ferry terminals in Hubei Province, China, Lieutenant Colonel Edward McComas strafed the Japanese airfields at Wuchang and Erdaokou, destroying (in less than an hour) five Ki-43 fighters in the air and another two Japanese aircraft on the ground. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Adolf Eichmann fled Budapest, Hungary before dawn. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Whale sank four Japanese fishing trawlers with her deck gun off Nakano Shima in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a Japanese transport with torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki was sunk by US Marine Corps aircraft north-northwest of Cebu, Philippine Islands; 20 crewmen were killed, 217 survived and rescued by destroyer Kiri. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • 25 German prisoners of war escaped from Camp Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Dec 1944
Two soldiers of US 101st Airborne Division manning a forward post near a road, near Bastogne, Belgium, 23 Dec 1944Men of US 7th Armored Division manning a 3-in M5 anti-tank gun at a road near Vielsalm, Belgium, 23 Dec 1944View of USS WaspFlight deck crew chief giving taxiing instructions to a just-landed TBM-1C Avenger of Torpedo Squadron 81 aboard USS Wasp, 23 Dec 1944; the aircraft had just returned from searching for Typhoon Cobra survivors
See all photos dated 23 Dec 1944

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

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