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4 Dec 1943 Australian New Guinea
  • Squadron Leader Noel Quinn, commanding officer of No. 8 Squadron RAAF, hit an unidentified object while flying his Beaufort aircraft at the altitude of 150 feet. The entire crew of four survived the crash in Saint George's Channel between New Britain and New Ireland, but only Quinn and Flying Officer Ross O'Loghlen would survive the wounds. Both captured by the Japanese, Quinn would later be sent to Japan, while O'Loghlen would remain at the prisoner of war compound in Rabaul, New Britain until the end of the war. ww2dbase [Saint George's Channel, Bismarck Sea | CPC]
Hawaii Marshall Islands Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gunnel sank Japanese passenger-cargo ship Hiyoshi Maru in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with 4 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Gunnel | CPC]
  • German 11.Armee attempted to crush the Soviet bridgehead at Kerch, Russia, but the attack was halted after it suffered 10,000 killed and 3,000 captured. ww2dbase [Kerch, Krym | TH]
United States Photo(s) dated 4 Dec 1943
Aerial photo of Chuyo while dead in the water after torpedo hit, morning of 4 Dec 1943; note collapsed forward flight deckJapanese light cruiser Isuzu hit by an aerial Mark XIII torpedo dropped from a TBF-1 Avenger flown by Lt(jg) E.F. Ternasky flying from USS Lexington (Essex-class), Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 4 Dec 1943A B6N2 torpedo bomber exploding in mid-air after direct hit by 5-inch shell from carrier Yorktown, off Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, 4 Dec 1943

4 Dec 1943 Interactive Map

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