Events occurring on Sunday, December 19, 1943  
  The Allied Campaign for New Guinea  
  U.S. forces at Arawe captured the Japanese airstrip and held against counterattacks.  
   
  USAAF B-24 Liberators and U.S. Navy PBY Catalinas sank the Japanese cargo ship Kaito Maru southwest of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea.  
   
  The Central Pacific Theater  
  A U.S. Navy PBY Catalina damaged the Japanese merchant cargo vessel Shoei Maru, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. The Shoei Maru sank the next day.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Grayback (SS 208), commanded by Lt. Commander John A. Moore, torpedoed and sank the destroyer IJN Numakaze approximately 50 nautical miles east-northeast of Naha, Okinawa.  
     
   
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