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5 Dec 1943
  • Operation Buccaneer, which planned to assault a large number of Japanese targets in the Burma region, was canceled during the Second Cairo Conference. ww2dbase [Second Cairo Conference | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Irako departed Truk, Caroline Islands as a part of convoy No. 4205A. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
French Morocco
  • Escort carrier USS Bogue and her task group arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco. ww2dbase [Bogue | Casablanca | DS]
Germany Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: More of GROPAC-4 arrived on board. Planes of Composite Squadron 41 (VC-41) and Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33) on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
  • The Japanese 7th Air Brigade, in two waves (the second consisting of Japanese Navy aircraft), launched a joint attack against an Allied target, successfully bombing installations in heavily defended Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. The Japanese airmen achieved surprise and enjoyed some luck, causing slight damage to Kiddapore docks and destroying or badly damaging nine Hurricane fighters and one Spitfire fighter. ww2dbase [Calcutta, Bengal | AC]
  • Canadian 1st Infantry Division and Indian 8th Infantry Division attacked across the Moro River, capturing Villa Rogatti before dawn, but a subsequent German counterattack forced the Canadians to abandon the town and withdraw back across the river. Later in the day, Canadian troops attacked San Leonardo. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | CPC]
  • German forces began a week-long operation to deport Jews from Bialystok, Poland. While about 10,000 were deported, unknown thousands of Jews were able to hide. 700 were killed while resisting. Most of those deported were sent to Treblinka, Majdanek, or Auschwitz Concentration Camps. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Bialystok | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against La Rochelle, France but aborted over the French coast due to weather. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Thurleigh, England | DS]
United States
  • USS Rock departed New Orleans, Louisiana, United States for the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Rock | New Orleans, Louisiana | CPC]

5 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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