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14 Mar 1943
  • HMS Cumberland deployed for Northern Patrol. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Taylor, USS Radford, and USS Strong detached from the cruiser group to operate as a separate strike group. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Leonardo da Vinci fired a torpedo at British troop ship RMS Empress of Canada, which she had already damaged on the previous date, in the Atlantic Ocean at 0040 hours and scoring what was the second torpedo hit on the British ship. At 0115 hours, Empress of Canada sank. She had carried 1,844 passenger and crew aboard, including 499 Italian prisoners of war. 392 were killed in the sinking, 149 of whom were Italians. Leonardo da Vinci rescued one survivor, Italian Army doctor Sub-Lieutenant Vittorio Del Vecchio. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • At 0045 hours, Japanese destroyer Akigumo completed the rescue of the survivors of Momoyama Maru (fatally damaged by a US 5th Air Force B-17 bomber on the previous day) and scuttled the ship with a torpedo northwest of Wewak, Australian Territory of New Guinea. ww2dbase [Wewak | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The advance echelon of US Marine Aircraft Group 21 arrived at Banika Island, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Banika, Russell Islands | CPC]
  • F4F Wildcat fighters of US Marine Aircraft Group 21 arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands one day after the arrival of their pilots; some aicraft were lost en route or during landing due to poor weather. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal | CPC]
Germany Newfoundland
  • Destroyer USS Belknap (DD 251) landed survivors of merchant ships Madoera and Jonathan Sturges at Argentia, Newfoundland. ww2dbase [Argentia | HM]
  • Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue and her task group arrived at Argentia, Newfoundland. ww2dbase [Bogue | Argentia | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired three torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the South Pacific; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
  • The BI-3 rocket-powered prototype aircraft took its second flight at Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia. ww2dbase [BI | Sverdlovsk | CPC]
South Africa
  • 13 survivors of American merchant ship James B. Stephens, which had been sunk by German submarine U-160 on 8 Mar 1943, were picked up by a SAAF crash boat a mile off Durban, South Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
Ukraine United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-53 arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Loch Ewe, Scotland | CPC]
  • The first production Hurricane Mk. IV fighter, KX405, was completed. ww2dbase [Hurricane | CPC]
United States
  • George Kenney had lunch with publishers Henry and Clare Boothe Luce in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [George Kenney | Washington | CPC]
  • USS Hoe departed New London, Connecticut, United States for the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, United States for repairs. ww2dbase [Hoe | New London, Connecticut | CPC]

14 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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