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4 Apr 1943
  • I-168 transferred men from Kiska to Attu in the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Pollack damaged a Japanese freighter in the Marshall Islands and Gilbert Islands area with two of two torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny set sail for McLaughlin Bank, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF bombers conducted a raid on Kiel, Germany during the night. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops launched the Taman Offensive Operation in an attempt to push the Germans out of the Taman Peninsula in the Caucasus region of southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • No. 254 Squadron of Coastal Command achieved its first success against enemy shipping using torpedo carrying Beaufighter aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The final elements of US Marine Aircraft Group 21 arrived at Banika Island, Russell Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Unable to do it himself, George Patton ordered Omar Bradley to fire Orlando Ward for Ward's failures at Kasserine Pass, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Grayback arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Isoroku Yamamoto and Ryunosuke Kusaka met at Rabaul, New Britain to discuss the details of the I-Go offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-124, equipped with F4U fighters, was assigned to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down two Hurricane fighters over Dohazari, India (now Bangladesh), increasing his score to 31. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The only large-scale prisoner of war escape of the Pacific War took place at the Davao Penal Colony, Mindanao, Philippines. It was led by US Army Air Forces Captain William Dyess. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • The German SS Central Construction Office reported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp that Crematorium V had been completed in Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and its administration was now turned over to the camp administration. According to the firm that built the crematorium, J. A. Topf und Söhne, it had the capacity to cremate 768 bodies each day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS S-44 arrived at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Submarine Cero was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. D. E. Barbey. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • US Navy 50th Construction Battalion arrived at Midway Atoll to relieve the 5th Construction Battalion. It was to continue the work to lengthen the airstrips and to build oil storage tanks on Sand Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Apr 1943
USS Iowa off Bayonne, New Jersey, United States, 4 Apr 1943Launching of submarine Cero, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 4 Apr 1943Launching of the Light Carrier Cabot, 4 Apr 1943, Camden, New Jersey, United States.

4 Apr 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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