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23 Dec 1944

Australian New Guinea Burma China
  • While leading 16 Mustang fighters of 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron back from an attack on the Wuchang-Hankou ferry terminals in Hubei Province, China, Lieutenant Colonel Edward McComas strafed the Japanese airfields at Wuchang and Erdaokou, destroying (in less than an hour) five Ki-43 fighters in the air and another two Japanese aircraft on the ground. ww2dbase [Wuhan, Hubei | AC]
Hungary Japan
  • USS Whale sank four Japanese fishing trawlers with her deck gun off Nakano Shima in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Whale | Okinawa | CPC]
  • Kamoi departed Shimizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan at 0530 hours, escorted by auxiliary patrol boat Kousei Maru; she arrived at Ise Bay at 1457 hours. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Shimizu, Shizuoka | CPC]
Norway Pacific Ocean
  • USS Blenny reported sinking a Japanese transport with torpedoes. ww2dbase [Blenny | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki was sunk by US Marine Corps aircraft north-northwest of Cebu, Philippine Islands; 20 crewmen were killed, 217 survived and rescued by destroyer Kiri. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 23 Dec 1944
Two soldiers of US 101st Airborne Division manning a forward post near a road, near Bastogne, Belgium, 23 Dec 1944Men of US 7th Armored Division manning a 3-in M5 anti-tank gun at a road near Vielsalm, Belgium, 23 Dec 1944View of USS WaspFlight deck crew chief giving taxiing instructions to a just-landed TBM-1C Avenger of Torpedo Squadron 81 aboard USS Wasp, 23 Dec 1944; the aircraft had just returned from searching for Typhoon Cobra survivors
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23 Dec 1944 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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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal