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18 Nov 1943
  • Chinese 57th Division attacked and recaptured the city of Changde. ww2dbase [Battle of Changde | CPC]
  • German troops captured Zhytomyr, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Viktor Abakumov made the suggestion to Joseph Stalin and Vyacheslav Molotov that German officers responsible for war crimes committed at Kharkov, Ukraine and Smolensk, Russia should be placed on trial. ww2dbase [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | CPC]
  • Vasilios Sachinis was executed by Albanian communists. ww2dbase [Vasilios Sachinis | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Lieutenant Colonel Joe Smoak dismissed Gregory Boyington as the commanding officer of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214. Fellow squadron mate Frank Walton advised Boyington to see the chief of staff of the wing Brigadier General James Moore; Moore would reinstate Boyington immediately. ww2dbase [CPC]
China
  • 12 American and 80 Chinese agents of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO) departed their headquarters in Chongqing, China to set up Camp Four, a weather station in Xamba, Suiyuan Province, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • RAF Bomber Command launched a concerted series of attacks on the Berlin, Germany dubbed "Operation Berlin". During the first attack, more than 700 tons of bombs were dropped. Over a five-month period, Berlin is attacked 32 times and hit by 25,000 tons of bombs, killing more than 6,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless; RAF lost 1,047 aircraft during the five-month bombing campaign. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | AC]
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank Japanese destroyer Sanae and damaged an oiler in the Celebes Sea, hitting Sanae with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired and the oil with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Bluefish | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Nov 1943
B-24D Liberator of the 42nd Bomb Squadron being loaded with fragmentation bombs at Funafuti, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Nov 18 1943.

18 Nov 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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