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18 Mar 1943

Alaska Burma
  • The Allies abandoned the attempt to drive Japanese from Donbaik, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The main body of the Northern Group of the Chindits completed the crossing of the Irrawaddy River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Famed Polish Jewish violinist Henri Czaplinski (aka. Genrikh Maksimovich Chaplinsky in Soviet documents) joined the Donukalov Partisan Brigade near Minsk, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands France
  • Italians began to raise the wreck of Algérie in sections at Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Vichy France repealed a number of anti-Semitic laws. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USAAF aircraft bombed the Vegesack district of Bremen, Germany. Most of the bombs missed the Bremer Vulkan shipyard, striking civilian facilities instead. 108 were killed and over 100 were wounded. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Tunny departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • 56 western missionaries and western civilians, 2 Chinese adult civilians, and 2 Chinese infants were executed by gunfire or drowning aboard Japanese destroyer Akikaze in the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Switzerland was warned of a seemingly impending German invasion. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US 1st Ranger Battalion captured El Guettar, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Oswald Mosley and Diana Mosley received Norah Elam and Dudley Elam while in imprisonment in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American oil workers recruited by the Noble Drilling Corporation on a one year contract arrived at Kelham Hall Monastery, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom to work at extracting oil from the Eakring oil field in Sherwood Forest. With imported American rigs the "Roughnecks" would ultimately drill over 100 wells before returning home, producing, at its peak, over 300,000 tons of high grade oil from 170 "Nodding Donkeys" in addition to training (initially unskilled) British workers in American drilling techniques. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • The keel of destroyer USS Cassin Young was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Mar 1943
B5N Type 97 torpedo bomber landing on Japanese carrier Shokaku, somewhere in the South Pacific, 18 Mar 1943General Dwight Eisenhower sharing a lighter moment with four US Army soldiers in Tunisia, 18 Mar 1943.King George VI of the United Kingdom aboard HMS Glasgow at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 18-21 Mar 1943Keel of USS Cassin Young at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, San Pedro, California, United States, 18 Mar 1943
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18 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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