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24 Nov 1943
  • Albert W. Grant was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Puffer departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol in the Sulu Sea area off the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Doris Miller passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Army Sergeant Thomas Derrick won the Victoria Cross in New Guinea after volunteering to go out alone to tackle Japanese gun positions. He destroyed 10 with grenades, enabling the Australian advance to continue. Derrick did not live to receive the medal, dying from wounds sustained in a later action in Borneo in May 1945. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US Army aviation engineering units arrived in India to expand airfields in the Calcutta area. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The still under construction Torokina Airfield at Bougainville, Solomon Islands saw its first unscheduled landing, an emergency landing by a US Navy SBD aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • 6 RAF Mosquito aircraft attacked Berlin, Germany; one aircraft was lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Before dawn, while on display at a museum in Berlin, Germany, the Do X aircraft was destroyed by British bombing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Luce departed Hawaiian Islands waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Allied convoy JW-54A arrived at the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Wasp was commissioned into service with Captain Clifton A. F. Sprague in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Nov 1943
Firefighters extinguishing a burning Hellcat fighter on Cowpens, 24 Nov 1943Enterprise underway during Gilberts operation, 24 Nov 1943American flag flying over Betio, Tarawa Atoll, 24 Nov 1943Looking east down the airfield, Betio, Tarawa Atoll, 24 Nov 1943
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24 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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