Events occurring on Friday, December 3, 1943  
  The Eastern Front  
  The Red Army captured Dovsk north of Gomel and moved towards Rogachev.  
  The Allied Campaign for Italy  
  Elements of the U.S. 5th Army reached the summit of Monte Camino and captured Monte Maggiore.  
  The British 8th Army captured San Vito.  
  Heavy fighting was reported around Orsogna as the German 26th Panzer Grenadiers forced the New Zealand 2nd Division to retreat.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted American turbine tanker Touchet was torpedoed and sunk by the U-193, commanded by Hans Pauckstadt, in the Gulf of Mexico. Of the ship’s complement, 10 died and 70 survivors were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Lillemor , the destroyer escort USS Falgout (DE 324), and the minesweeper USS Raven (AM 55). The 10,172 ton Touchet was carrying heating oil and was bound for New York, New York.  
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Tinosa (SS 283), commanded by Lt. Commander Lawrence R. Daspit, torpedoed and sank the Palau-bound 6,646 ton Japanese fleet tanker Azuma Maru northwest of Sonserol, Palau.  
  The submarine USS Guardfish (SS 217), commanded by Lt. Commander Norvell G. Ward, was damaged in a collision with an unidentified tanker during exercises off the coast of Australia.  
  The submarine USS Narwhal (SS-167), commanded by Commander Frank D. Latta, embarked  9 people from Negros Island, Philippine Islands.  
  The Allied Campaign for New Guinea  
  USAAF B-24 Liberators bombed Japanese fishing boats off Garove, New Britain, Papua New Guinea and sank the No.13 Sansei Maru.  
  The Allied Campaign for Burma  
  USAAF B-25 Mitchells sank the Japanese paddle steamer Assam, immobilized the day before by RAAF Beaufighters in Irrawaddy River, Burma.  
  December 1943 Calendar  
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