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2 Feb 1943
  • Ettore Bastico stepped down as the Governor-General of Italian Libya, succeeded by Giovanni Messe. ww2dbase [Giovanni Messe | CPC]
  • USS Tunny made radar contact with a ship off Hong Kong at 2130 hours. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • USS Runner attacked and claimed the sinking of a Japanese transport in the western Pacific; she reported 6 torpedoes expended and 4 hits. ww2dbase [Runner (Gato-class) | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for transport Sanyo Maru and began repairing destroyers Akizuki and Hatsukaze at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
  • Irako supplied food to seaplane tender Sanyo Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
  • Captain Shinzaburo Hase was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • The construction of Graf Zeppelin was stopped at Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland). ww2dbase [Graf Zeppelin | Szczecin | CPC]
  • The last of the German Sixth Army surrendered in Stalingrad, Russia. On the same day, a German reconnaissance aircraft was dispatched to fly over Stalingrad, confirming that all fighting had ceased. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | Stalingrad | TH]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 2 Feb 1943
Friedrich Paulus as a prisoner of war at Stalingrad, Russia, Feb 1943Airmen of US 74th Fighter Squadron posing in front of a P-40 Warhawk fighter, China, 2 Feb 1943Russian soldiers firing from a rooftop in Stalingrad, Russia, 2 Feb 1943A column of German soldiers on the march to a Russian prisoners of war camp, Stalingrad, Russia, Feb 1943
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2 Feb 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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