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21 Feb 1943
  • The Red Army of the Soviet Union celebrated its 25th Birthday. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Axis troops pushed American troops back toward Thala, Tunisia and threatened to cross the Tunisian-Algerian border. By this date, the Americans had lost 100 tanks, 55 heavy guns, and 80 trucks. ww2dbase [Battle of Kasserine Pass | CPC]
  • In the Russell Islands, US Marine Corps 3rd Raider Battalion landed at Pepesala Point, Pavavu while US Army 43rd Infantry Division landed on Banika. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Gasmata, New Britain, Bismarck Islands to escort transport Gokoku Maru to Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland provided additional cruiser cover with HMS Belfast and HMS Norfolk during passage of Russian Convoy JU53 and returning Convoy RA53. ww2dbase [Belfast | Cumberland | DS]
  • Cruisers USS Montpelier, USS Cleveland, USS Columbia, and USS Denver along with destroyers USS Fletcher, USS O’Bannon, USS Radford, and USS Nicholas arrived off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, patrolled north of Savo Island, and arrived in Purvis Bay, Tulagi for refueling. ww2dbase [Denver | Guadalcanal Campaign | Montpelier | Columbia | Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The German submarine U-623 was sunk by a torpedo from RAF Coastal Command Liberator "T" aircraft of No. 120 Squadron flown by Squadron Leader Isted in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Greenling departed Brisbane, Australia with Australians and New Britain natives on board; they were to serve on New Britain as coast watchers. ww2dbase [Greenling | Brisbane, Queensland | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Juzan Maru, Shinkyo Maru, and Aratama Maru arrived at Palau, Caroline Islands with Yugure in escort. ww2dbase [Yugure | Palau | CPC]
French Morocco
  • USAAF 33rd Fighter Group and its remaining 13 flyable P-40 fighters arrived in the rear area at Agadir, Morocco. ww2dbase [Agadir | CPC]
Hawaii United Kingdom
  • The Red Army's 25th anniversary was celebrated in London, England, United Kingdom with a massed gathering at the Albert Hall. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden represented the government while other notable celebraties present included Dame Sybil Thorndike and Commander Ralph Richardson RNVR. ww2dbase [Anthony Eden | London, England | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 21 Feb 1943
Launching of submarine Bluefish, Croton, Connecticut, United States, 21 Feb 1943Submarine Bluefish shortly after launching, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 21 Feb 1943

21 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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