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3 Apr 1943
  • German Fw 190 fighters strafed Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • US 1st Infantry Division captured Hill 369 near El Guettar, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Battle of El Guettar | CPC]
  • USS Tunny set sail for Namonuito, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki rescued the survivors of sunken tanker Arima Maru. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • The US submarine Pickerel was depth charged and sunk by Japanese warships north of Honshu, Japan. ww2dbase [Pickerel | AC]
  • The Indian Army Medical Corps was formed by amalgamating the Indian Medical Services, the Indian Medical Department and the Indian Hospital Corps. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Oberleutnant Josef Luxenburger, Hauptmann Wilhelm Mylius, and Oberfeldwebel Fraz Placzek of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Admiral Yamamoto and his staff departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Rabaul, New Britain on two Kawanishi H8K flying boats to supervise Operation I-GO from 7 to 14 Apr 1943, expecting to return to flagship Musashi on 19 Apr 1943. They arrived at Rabaul at 1340 hours. ww2dbase [Isoroku Yamamoto | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • After repairs and upgrades to her deck armament, Gato-class submarine USS Silversides departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for her patrol area after two previous departures thwarted by mechanical failures. ww2dbase [Silversides | Pearl Harbor, Oahu | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 4 torpedoes at converted fleet oiler Arima Maru carrying 7,880 tons of oil, sinking her with 3 hits in the Philippine Sea. Her conning tower and radar system was damaged by depth charges from destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Haddock | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 3 Apr 1943
USS Casablanca (right) being prepared for launching two days later, Kaiser Vancouver Shipyard, Vancouver, Washington, United States, 3 Apr 1943; note Casablanca-class escort carriers Liscombe Bay, Alikula Bay, and Corregidor under construction

3 Apr 1943 Interactive Map

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