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11 Mar 1943
  • Tirpitz departed Trondheim, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Samoa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel received Diamonds to his Knight's Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German RSHA organization ordered that all Jews in the criminal rehabilitation system were to be sent to Auschwitz or Majdanek concentration camps, where they would remain indefinitely, after they served their sentences. Meanwhile, Bulgarian troops arrested 7,100 Macedonian Jews and deported them to the new Skopje Concentration Camp in Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Goebbels ordered the SS and Security Police to round up the 4,000 Berlin Jews who had escaped Operation Factory at the end of Feb 1943. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Secretary of State for Air Sir Archibald Sinclair spoke at the House of Commons, noting that "[t]he past 12 months have been marked by striking changes in the conduct and effectiveness of... the pulverising offensive of Bomber Command.... The monster raids saturating the enemy's active and passive systems of defence is one example. A second example is the success achieved in finding, marking and illuminating targets which has contributed enormously to the recent triumphs of Bomber Command.... Praise the men who are striking these hammer blows at German might... fearless young men flying through storm and cold and darkness higher than Mont Blanc, through the flak, hunted by the night fighters, but coolly and skillfully identifying and bombing these targets." Some Members of Parliament, such as Mr. Montague, representing West Islington, voiced concerns for the "wanton destruction" delivered by the Bomber Command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British Admiralty officially announced the loss of submarine P311, suspected to have been lost to a mine in the Mediterranean Sea on 8 Jan 1943. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Akizuki and began repairing auxiliary aircraft transport Keiyo Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS S-31 departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo arrived in waters between southern Japan and Taiwan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The BI-3 rocket-powered prototype aircraft took its first flight at Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia (the fourth flight of the design), reaching the altitude of 4,000 meters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The royalist Yugoslavian government-in-exile in London, England, United Kingdom reported that German forces had executed 1,250 Serbians in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • The Pacific Military Conference began at the Munitions Building in Washington DC, United States. Henry Arnold, George Marshall, Ernest King, William Leahy, Geroge Kenney, and Richard Sutherland were among the attendees of the opening meeting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The request for the posthumous award of the Medal of Honor for Brigadier General Kenneth Walker was approved. ww2dbase [CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Haddock departed Midway for her fourth war patrol.C96,F111, ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Mar 1943
A female Japanese-American stenographer at the Jerome Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States, 11 Mar 1943

11 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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