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30 Dec 1943
  • Subhas Chandra Bose declared an independent India at Port Blair, Andaman Islands; his Azad Hind government was heavily reliant on Japan. ww2dbase [Subhash Chandra Bose | CPC]
  • 10 Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron RAF and 6 Mosquito aircraft attacked a German V-1 flying bomb launch site but failed to destroy it. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | CPC]
  • USS S-35 arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her seventh and final war patrol. ww2dbase [S-35 | Unalaska | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Two missions were planned against Rabaul, New Britain. The fighter sweep mission was canceled due to poor weather, but the bombing raids proceeded as planned. 20 B-24 bombers escorted by 20 F4U and 20 F6F fighters dropped 70 1,000-pound bombs. At least one B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
France Germany Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank a Japanese oiler southwest of Borneo, Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 5 of 5 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Bluefish | Java Sea | CPC]
Russia Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1943
US Marines unloading supplies from LST-67 and another landing craft, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, late Dec 1943John Basilone and Carolyn Orehovic at the 400 Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, Washington DC, United States, 30 Dec 1943

30 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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