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28 Feb 1943
  • Construction began on the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world at Hanford, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
  • Oyodo was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Oyodo | CPC]
  • Admiral Hipper was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [Admiral Hipper | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur's staff completed a plan calling for a more deliberate advance in the Southwest Pacific. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese convoy Operation 81 assembled at Rabaul, New Britain and readied for departure scheduled for the next day. The convoy was consisted of 6 transports (carrying 6,000 troops and supplies), 1 old navy supply ship (carrying 600 Special Naval Landing Force troops), and 1 small freighter (carrying 1,650 drums of aviation gas); it was escorted by 8 destroyers. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a Hurricane and a Blenheim aircraft over Akyab (now Sittwe), Burma, increasing his score to 23. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | CPC]
  • Werner Ehrhardt was named the commanding officer of German cruiser Prinz Eugen. ww2dbase [Prinz Eugen | CPC]
  • 712 RAF aircraft (457 Lancaster, 252 Halifax, and 3 Mosquito) attacked Berlin, Germany; 20 aircraft were lost. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
Hawaii Norway
  • Six newly arrived Norwegian agents of the British Special Operations Executive (code named Gunnerside) joined the four agents already in place since Oct 1942 (code named Grouse) in sabotaging the Norsk Hydro-Elektrisk Vemork heavy water production plant in Telemark, Norway, thereby depriving German atomic weapons scientists of 500 kilograms of heavy water and near-future heavy water production capability. ww2dbase [Vemork Heavy Water Plant | AC, CPC]
  • A mistake in record-keeping at Auschwitz Concentration Camp caused registration information of the women's camp in Birkenau to be in a state of confusion. All female prisoners of Birkenau camp were gathered for a prolonged roll call which lasted the entire day to re-confirm camp records; at the same time, a selection also took place among the women, which condemned some of them to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Auschwitz Concentration Camp | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Ray was launched at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States, sponsored by the wife of S. C. Loomis. ww2dbase [Ray | CPC]
  • Henry Arnold suffered his first heart attack and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, United States for several days. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale departed Midway Atoll for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Whale | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Feb 1943
Light cruiser Oyodo at Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, circa 28 Feb 1943; note the 45m large catapult at stern which was later removed during conversionGerman Das Reich Division tank entering the outskirts of Kharkov, Ukraine, Feb-Mar 1943

28 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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