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8 Feb 1943
  • USS Tunny fired two torpedoes at Japanese freighter Kusayama Maru; both torpedoes missed, and the freighter returned fire. The second volley of two torpedoes also missed. The third volley of three torpedoes all scored, sinking the freighter 20 minutes later. This was Tunny's first confirmed kill. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Kursk, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • With German permission, the Council of Jewish Elders was established in Czechoslovakia, succeeding the Jewish Religious Congregation which was dissolved on 29 Jan 1943. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Gefreiter (Private) Werner Wrangel of the German Panzerjager Battalion 183 became the only person to be awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, Iron Cross 1st Class, and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross at the same time. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Subhash Chandra Bose departed Germany for Japan via submarine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Off the Canary Islands, German submarine U-521 (Kapitšnleutnant Klaus Heinrich Bargsten) fired a spread of torpedoes at convoy Gibr-2. One of the torpedo hit the large 760-ton Hill-class anti-submarine warfare trawler HMS Bredon (T 223), commanded by T/Lt. John Reginald Fradgley, at 0757 hours. She sank in two minutes, killing Fradgley, two officers, 40 ratings. Bargsten claimed to have sunk a tanker and a corvette with a further ship damaged, although Bredon was the only loss. ww2dbase [HM]
India
  • Brigadier Orde Wingate's first Chindit expedition departed from Imphal in India. The expedition's mission was to create havoc through ambush and sabotage behind the Japanese lines in Burma. The operation was entrusted to the 77th Infantry Brigade, comprising the 13th King's (Liverpool) Regiment, 3/2nd Ghurka Rifles, 142 Commando Company, 2nd Burma Rifles, eight RAF sections, a Brigade Signal section and a mule transport company. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Japan
  • Shokaku entered drydock and remained there through the month. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan at 1600 hours, escorted by destroyer Yamagumo. At 2215 hours, at 42 miles east-southeast of Mikura Jima in the Izu Islands south of Tokyo, US submarine USS Tarpon sank her with about four torpedoes. Tatsuta Maru sank at 2237 hours, killing 1,223 passengers and 198 crew. Destroyer Yamagumo failed to find any survivors in the darkness and in the rough seas. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Feb 1943
Raising the flag at US Naval Training Center, Hunter College, Bronx, New York, United States, 8 Feb 1943; the location was dedicated to the training of women for the US Navy and Coast GuardMess at US Naval Training Center, Hunter College, Bronx, New York, United States, 8 Feb 1943; the location was dedicated to the training of women for the US Navy and Coast GuardNew WAVES and SPARS enlistees taking the oath in a ceremony held in front of New York City Hall, New York, United States, 8 Feb 1943Twin sisters Ann Louise Budnick and Jule Louise Budnick talking with a WAVE personnel, New York City, New York, United States, 8 Feb 1943
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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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