4 December – in Burma, the British 14th Army established 3 beachheads on the Chindwin River as part of Operation Extended Capital. From here, XXXIII Corps drove southeast towards Schewbo and Mandalay in a 2-prong attack: in the south, IV Corps would push down Kabbaw Valley about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Mandalay; in the north, the 19th Indian Division would start a decoy offensive from Sittaung towards Indaw.
6 December – in the Mariana Islands, one US B-29 Superfortress was destroyed and 2 more damaged during an early morning raid by 10 Japanese Betty bombers. Six of the enemy aircraft were downed by antiaircraft fire.
8 December – the US Army Air Corps began one of the the most extensive aerial campaigns of WWII. A 72-day bombardment of Iwo Jima by B-24 and…
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