28 Dec 1943
  • I-52 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [I-52 | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Jacob Devers was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander in the Mediterranean under General Sir Henry Maitland Wilson. ww2dbase [Jacob Devers | AC]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the demolition of the Wehrwolf headquarters north of Vinnytsia, Ukraine. "There must be a special detachment at Vinnitsa to burn the whole headquarters down and blow it up", he ordered. "It is important there should be no furniture left, otherwise the Russians will send it to Moscow and put it on display. Burn the lot." ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • USS Gabilan was commissioned into service, Commander K. R. Wheland in command. ww2dbase [Gabilan | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British cruisers HMS Glasgow and HMS Enterprise intercepted a force of German destroyers off France; the German ships were responding to the Allied sinking of German merchant ships. By 1600 hours, German destroyers T25, T26, and Z27 were sunk. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | Glasgow | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 64 F4U Corsair fighters of US Marine Corps squadrons VMF-214 and VMF-216 conducted a fighter sweep over Rabaul, New Britain. 72 Japanese fighters rose to defend. The Americans claimed 30 Japanese shot down, but Japanese records would later revealed that only 3 fighters were actually lost. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 69th, 310th, and 311th Fighter Squadrons (all flying P-47 aircraft) of USAAF 58th Fighter Group were transferred from Brisbane, Australia to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
  • Canadian 1st Division succeeded in taking Ortona, Italy after a heavy battle with German airborne troops; the Germans fell back across the Moro River. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | Ortona, Abruzzo | TH, CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 150 was laid down by Hitachi Zosen. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
Russia United States
  • USS Golet arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ww2dbase [Golet | New Orleans, Louisiana | CPC]
  • USS Miami was commissioned into service with Captain John G. Crawford in command. ww2dbase [Miami | CPC]
  • Cleveland-class cruiser Pasadena was launched at the Bethlehem Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, sponsored by the wife of Carl Gustav Wopschall, the mayor of Pasadena, California, United States. ww2dbase [Bethlehem Fore River Shipyard | Pasadena | Quincy, Massachusetts | DS]
Photo(s) dated 28 Dec 1943
Launching of the Cleveland-class cruiser Pasadena at the Bethlehem Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States 23 Dec 1943.Wife of Mayor Carl Gustav Wopschall (of Pasadena, California, United States) christening cruiser Pasadena, Bethlehem Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 28 Dec 1943

28 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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