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9 Mar 1943
  • Erwin Rommel departed North Africa on account of health reasons. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Operation Boarding Party: SOE deployed the Calcutta Light Horse regiment to attack the German ship Ehrenfels in the neutral Portuguese port of Goa. This covert operation was not revealed to the public until 1978. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Yekaterina Budanova shot down a Bf 109 fighter, sharing the credit with other pilots. ww2dbase [Yekaterina Budanova | CPC]
  • German submarine U-586 sank US merchant ship Puerto Rican of Allied convoy RA-53 northeast of Iceland; 61 were killed, 1 survived. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • SS Oberstumbannfuhrer Joachim Peiper, formerly Heinrich Himmler's adjutant, was awarded the Knights Cross for outstanding leadership and bravery on the Eastern Front. ww2dbase [AC]
  • HMS Cumberland returned to Iceland. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • USS Nicholas arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The Japanese Navy Kure 6th Special Naval Landing Force landed between Bairoko and Enogai and near the Munda airfield on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Munda, New Georgia | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral Minoru Ota, commanding officer of the Japanese Navy 8th Combined Special Landing Force, was given responsibility for the defense of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | New Georgia | CPC]
Pacific Ocean United States Photo(s) dated 9 Mar 1943
Launching of USS Corvina at the Electric Boat Company yard, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 9 Mar 1943

9 Mar 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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