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17 Feb 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • American forces east of Kasserine Pass, Tunisia retreated into the pass. ww2dbase [Battle of Faïd Pass and Sidi Bouzid | CPC]
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder became AOC-in-C Mediterranean Air Command with responsibility for all air operations. ww2dbase [Arthur Tedder | AC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived at the headquarters of German Army Group South. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • Submarine USS Growler arrived at Brisbane, Australia ending her fourth war patrol, cut short due to a badly damaged bow after ramming a Japanese ship ten days earlier. Repairs were begun immediately at Capricorn Wharf. ww2dbase [Growler | Brisbane, Queensland | DS]
  • USS Wahoo declared readiness for her next war patrol while at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Wahoo | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • Legendary Russian fighter pilot Lydia Litvak (The White Rose of Stalingrad) was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. ww2dbase [Lydia Litvyak | AC]
United Kingdom
  • The 306th Bomb Group and the air base at RAF Thurleigh had a change of command with Lieutenant Colonel Claude Putnam relieving General Frank Armstrong. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Thurleigh, England | DS]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 17 Feb 1943
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States and Song Meiling of the Republic of China, Washington DC, United States, 17 Feb 1943USS Growler’s damaged bow after a collision, New Farm Submarine Base, Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 17 Feb 1943. Note the Colonial Sugar Refinery dead ahead of Growler while her bow points toward Hawthorne across the river.Inspection of USS Growler’s damaged bow while nested alongside sub-tender USS Fulton at Capricorn Wharf, New Farm Submarine Base, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 17 Feb 1943.On the day of her commissioning, USS Lexington (Essex-class) makes slow headway through the icy waters of Boston harbor, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 17 Feb 1943.

17 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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General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944

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