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10 Jan 1943
  • USS Argonaut attacked a Japanese convoy of five freighters and three destroyers southeast of New Britain, en route from Lae, New Guinea to Rabaul, New Britain. She hit one destroyer with a torpedo, but the other two closed in and sank her with depth charges and gunfire. 102 were killed, which was the worst submarine loss in WW2. ww2dbase [Argonaut (Argonaut-class) | CPC]
  • The US Army 25th Division launched an offensive out of the Hill 66 area between the northwest and southwest forks of the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Japanese troops again halted a British assault at Donbaik, Burma. ww2dbase [First Battle of Arakan | CPC]
Hawaii Marshall Islands
  • USS Whale arrived in the Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
New Caledonia
  • While approaching Nouméa, New Caledonia, destroyer USS Shaw struck the Sournois Reef and became hard aground. ww2dbase [Shaw | Nouméa | DS]
  • Another Soviet offensive, Operation Ring, began at Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | Stalingrad | TH]
  • The BI-2 rocket-powered prototype aircraft took its first flight at Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia (the second flight of the design), reaching an altitude of 1,100 meters and reaching the speed of 400 kilometers per hour. ww2dbase [BI | Sverdlovsk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Fairey Barracuda torpedo and dive bomber began its operational service with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm with the delivery of twelve Barracuda II aircraft to the reformed No. 827 Squadron. ww2dbase [Barracuda | AC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Jan 1943
Litter bearers of the Medical Battalion of US 25th Division giving first aid to two men wounded by grenades, Guadalcanal, 10 Jan 1943US Marines moving in a column over a hill on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 10 Jan 1943

10 Jan 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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Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943

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