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November 24th, 1943

UNITED KINGDOM:

The USAAF Eighth Air Force's VIII Bomber Command flies Mission 136: seven B-17 Flying Fortresses dropped 2.4 million leaflets over Lille, France; and Brussels, Antwerp, Charleroi and Ghent, Belgium between 2026-2111 hours. (Jack McKillop)

Frigate HMS Ascension commissioned.

Destroyer HMS Sluys laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)

FRANCE: USAAF Fifteenth Air Force bombers bomb Toulon harbor, sinking light cruiser Jeanne de Vienne, destroyer Aigle and sloop SG 21. (Jack McKillop)

During the night of 24/25 November, five RAF Bomber Command Mosquitos drop leaflets over the country. (Jack McKillop)

GERMANY:

During the night of 24/25 November, four RAF Bomber Command Mosquitos bomb Berlin through cloud. (Jack McKillop)

U-1226 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)

ITALY: The U.S. Fifth Army outlines a final plan of attack to begin about 2 December. The first phase calls for the capture of the Mt. Camino-Mt. Ia Difensa-Mt. Maggiore area, to be preceded on 1 December by the capture of Calabritto. In the second phase, Mt. Sammucro is to be cleared in conjunction with a drive west along the Colli-Atina road. The third phase is to be an attack into the Liri Valley. (Jack McKillop)

In the British Eighth Army area, XIII Corps captures Castel Alfedena. The corpsb bridgehead north of the Sangro River is now firmly established. (Jack McKillop)

Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force bombers, along with RAF Desert Air Force fighter-bombers, in close support of the British Eighth Army, hit gun positions and defended points in the Fossacesia area. The USAAF Twelfth Air Force XII Air Support Command A-36 Apaches, in support of the U.S. Fifth Army, hit roads northwest of the battleline, and bomb the harbor at Civitavecchia. (Jack McKillop)

During the night of 24/25 November, RAF No. 205 (Heavy Bomber) Group aircraft bomb four targets: Six bomb a ball bearing plant in Turin with the loss of one aircraft; and one each bomb a highway at Gallinaria, a railroad at Genoa and a highway at Savona. (Jack McKillop)

BULGARIA: Seventeen USAAF Fifteenth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses, with P-38 Lighting escorts, bomb the marshalling yard at Sofia with the loss of two aircraft. (Jack McKillop)

U.S.S.R.: German attacks at Korosten increase, forces the Soviets to fall back.  The Germans recapture Brussilov. (Jeff Chrisman)

ARCTIC OCEAN: Destroyers HMCS Haida, Huron and Iroquois arrived Kola Inlet with Convoy JW-54A. (Dave Shirlaw)

CHINA: Five USAAF Fourteenth Air Force B-25 Mitchells and 16 P-40 s bomb Hanshow and strafe 15-20 small boats north of the city; two other B-25 Mitchells attack the harbor and town of Amoy and two direct hits are scored on a docked freighter. (Jack McKillop)

NETHERLAND EAST INDIES: Eighteen USAAF Fifth Air Force B-25 Mitchells hit shipping at Halmahera Island, Netherlands East Indies. (Jack McKillop)

NEW GUINEA: Sgt Thomas Currie Derrick (1914-45), Australian Military Forces, made a lone advance on Japanese posts which led to the fall of a town. (Victoria Cross)

In Northeast New Guinea, over 30 USAAF Fifth Air Force B-25 Mitchells, B-26 Marauders, and A-20 Havocs bomb the village of Kalasa while 15 A-20 Havocs and B-25 Mitchells, with P-38 Lightnings escorting, hit stores and supplies in the Finschhafen area. (Jack McKillop)

MARSHALL ISLANDS: Twenty USAAF Seventh Air Force B-24 Liberators from the Ellice Islands bomb Maloelap Atoll, scoring hits on Taroa Airfield and a cargo vessel. (Jack McKillop)

BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO: Over 20 USAAF Fifth Air Force B-24 Liberators, supported by P-38 Lightnings, bomb Gasmata on southern New Britain Island. (Jack McKillop)

SOLOMON ISLANDS: US Marines hold their positions against renewed Japanese attacks on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

On Bougainville, the 3d Marine Division makes substantial progress, gaining commanding ground in the Piva Forks area

A Marine SBD Dauntless makes a successful forced landing on the Torokina fighter strip, although strip has not yet been completed.

On Bougainville, 25 USAAF Thirteenth Air Force B-24 Liberators bomb Chabai and Buka Island; 20 B-25 Mitchells hit the airfield at Kahili and six others bomb and strafe a possible radio station at Mutupina Point; fighter patrols strafe Gazelle and Queen Carola Harbors, sinking a barge and damaging a schooner. (Jack McKillop)

GILBERT ISLANDS: On Makin Atoll, Regimental Combat Team 165, less the 3d Battalion, leaves for Hawaii. The 3d Battalion and miscellaneous units are left behind to conduct minor mopping up operations and to support the construction forces. Command is turned over to Colonel Clesen H. Tenney, Garrison Force commander. The 27th Infantry Division casualties for Makin total 218, of whom eight are killed and eight die of wounds. Japanese casualties, aside from those subsequently inflicted during the mop-up, are estimated at 550, including 105 prisoners. (Jack McKillop)

On Tarawa Atoll, two Marine Regimental Combat Teamb's (the 8th and the 2d) leave for Hawaii. Embarking from Betio Island, the 2d Battalion of 6th Marine Regiment, guided by scouts of the 2d Tank Battalion, begins an uneventful search for the Japanese on islands up the long east side of Tarawa Atoll. (Jack McKillop)

PACIFIC OCEAN: At 0510 hours local, the USN escort aircraft carrier USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) is struck abaft the after engine room by a torpedo fired by the Japanese submarine HIJMS I-175 about 21 nautical miles (40 kilometers) west-southwest of Butaritari Island, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, in position 02.54N, 172.30E. The aircraft bomb magazine detonates a few moments later and the entire interior bursts into flames. At 0533 hours Liscome Bay lists to starboard and sinks carrying Rear Admiral Henry M. Mullinix, commander of Task Group 52.3, Liscome Bay's skipper Captain I.D. Wiltsie, 53 other officers, and 591 enlisted men down with her; 272 of her crew are rescued. One of the enlisted men killed is black Ship's Cook Third Class Doris "Dorie" Miller who was awarded the Navy Cross at Pearl Harbor by moving his mortally wounded captain to a place of greater safety and then manning a 50 calibre (12.7 millimeter) machine gun on the deck of the USS West Virginia (BB-40) until he ran out of ammunition and is ordered to abandon ship. Miller is commended by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox on 1 April 1942, and on 27 May 1942 he received the Navy Cross, which Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, personally presented to Miller on board aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) for his extraordinary courage in battle. Speaking of Miller, Nimitz remarked: "This marks the first time in this conflict that such high tribute has been made in the Pacific Fleet to a member of his race and I'm sure that the future will see others similarly honored for brave acts."

CANADA:

Corvette HMCS Lachute laid down Quebec City, Province of Quebec.

Minesweeper HMS Coquette launched Toronto, Ontario. (Dave Shirlaw)

U.S.A.: The aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) is commissioned. The USN now has ten aircraft carriers in commission. (Jack McKillop)

Destroyer escort USS Earl V Johnson launched.

Destroyers USS Melvin and Albert W Grant commissioned.

Minesweeper USS Rampart, Quest and Install laid down.

Destroyer escort USS Metivier laid down.

Aircraft carrier USS Wasp commissioned.

Destroyers USS Albert W Grant and Melvin commissioned.

Frigate USS Belfast commissioned.

Destroyer escort USS Swearer commissioned.

(Dave Shirlaw)

ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-516 sank SS Melville E Stone. (Dave Shirlaw)

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