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16 Mar 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Saipan, departing later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Permit completed her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 27 Allied ships were destroyed in the Atlantic Ocean on this date, 8 of which were of Allied convoy HX-229. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Joseph Stalin demanded the western Allies to open a second front in Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operational trials of the 37-mm Flak gun-armed German Ju 87G anti-tank aircraft began on the Eastern Front. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • HMS Campobello was abandoned and scuttled after suffering irreparable leaks whilst engaged in escorting convoy SC-122. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands Photo(s) dated 16 Mar 1943
SBD-4 & SBD-5 Dauntlesses join USAAF as A-24A Banshees at Douglas Aircraft Cos El Segundo Plant, Mar 16 1943. Note two experimental XSB2D-1 torpedo bomber prototypes against the back fence 3 weeks before its maiden flight.This TBF-1 Avenger attempted to land on the carrier USS Charger but missed the arresting wires and ended up tangled in the port catwalk, Chesapeake Bay, United States, 16 Mar 1943. Note US Coast Guard boats alongside.

16 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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