24 Dec 1943
  • Sir Henry Maitland Wilson was designated Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean, with General Harold Alexander as the Commander-in-Chief of Allied Armies in Italy under him. ww2dbase [Harold Alexander | TH]
Atlantic Ocean
  • While escort carrier USS Card and her escorts were shadowing an Allied convoy bound for Gibraltar from Liverpool through bad weather, one of the convoy’s escorts, destroyer HMS Hurricane, was struck by a German GNAT acoustic homing torpedo launched from submarine U-415. 30-feet of Hurricane’s stern was blown off and the ship was scuttled by torpedo the following day. Three were killed and nine were wounded. Card and her screen continued to battle the wolfpack of German U-boats. Destroyer USS Schenck sank German submarine U-645. USS Leary was torpedoed and sunk by U-275, also with a GNAT. 97 of Leary’s crew were killed and 59 were picked up by Schenk. ww2dbase [Card | G7es Type V | Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | DS]
Australian New Guinea China
  • 18 B-24 bombers of US 14th Air Force, escorted by fighters, attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming 20 Japanese fighters shot down; one B-24 bomber was shot down. ww2dbase [Tianhe Airfield | Guangzhou, Guangdong | CPC]
France Italy
  • New Zealand 5th Infantry Brigade engaged in combat along the Gustav Line in Italy. In Ortona, Italy, German troops counterattacked against Canadian positions and caused heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | Ortona, Abruzzo | CPC]
  • The USAAF 23rd Antisubmarine Squadron departed Carlsen Field in Trinidad. ww2dbase [Carlsen Field | Chaguanas | CPC]
Ukraine United Kingdom
  • US Army General Dwight Eisenhower was named the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | England | CPC]
  • While in Britain, Oliver Leese received orders to take command of British Eighth Army in Italy. ww2dbase [Oliver Leese | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Dec 1943
US Coast Guard-manned LST delivered Marines and supplies to New Britain, 24 Dec 1943Cruiser USS Phoenix firing her 6-inch guns during the invasion of Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, circa 24-26 Dec 1943; note photo was taken from fantail, looking forwardUS Army Medical Corps doctor Colonel Gordon Seagraves speaking to US and Chinese officers, Ningam Sakan, northern Burma, 24 Dec 1943

24 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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