28 Dec 1941
  • I-68 arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands and received temporary repairs. ww2dbase [I-68 / I-168 | CPC]
  • American destroyer USS Peary, while in transit from the Philippine Islands toward Australia, was attacked by 4 Japanese aircraft at 1420 hours, causing no damage. At 1800 hours, she was mistaken for a Japanese ship and was bombed and damaged by 3 RAAF Hudson bombers off Kina, Celebes, Dutch East Indies, killing 1 and wounding 2. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Navy Chief of Bureau of Yards and Docks, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell, requested that construction battalions be recruited. These construction personnel were soon to be known as the "Seabees". ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lieutenant-General Thomas Hutton assumed command of Burma army. A competent and efficient Staff Officer (he had been responsible for the great expansion of the Indian army), he had not actually commanded troops for twenty years. Across the border in Thailand, Japanese Colonel Keiji Suzuki announced the disbandment of the Minami Kikan (Burmese armed pro-Japanese nationalists) organization, which would be replaced by the formation of a Burma Independence Army (BIA), to accompany the Invasion force. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | AC]
  • German submarine U-75 attacked Allied convoy ME-8 off Mersa Matruh, Egypt, sinking British ship Volo; 24 were killed, 14 survived. British destroyer HMS Kipling counterattacked and sank U-75 with depth charges; 14 were killed, 30 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australia Greece
  • While in Athens, Greece, Hans-Joachim Marseille received a short telegram from his mother stating that his sister, Ingeborg, was dead, asking him to return to Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Athens | CPC]
Malaya Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Emidji, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Emidji | CPC]
  • On Luzon island, Philippine Islands, the US 4th Marine Regiment completed its move from the Bataan Peninsula to Corregidor Island except for the radar detachment. Meanwhile, also on Luzon, north of the capital of Manila, the Allied defenses fell back to the Tarlac-Cabanatuan line. Over Manila, Japanese aircraft appeared again, sinking four freighters in Manila Bay. To the south, Japanese 16th Division captured Luisiana, with forward units reaching as far as Los Baños on the southern shore of Laguna de Bay. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • USS Permit embarked Admiral Thomas Hart's staff at Mariveles Harbor at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula, Philippine Islands for evacuation. ww2dbase [Permit | Mariveles, Bataan | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Dec 1941
Soviet Army engineers preparing to build a bridge, near Naro-Fominsk, Russia, 28 Dec 1941

28 Dec 1941 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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