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5 Apr 1943
  • USS Finback hit a damaged and beached Japanese merchant ship off Wake Island with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pompon began her journey down the Mississippi River in a floating drydock toward New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine U-869 was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Theo Osterkemp was appointed the commanding officer of Jagdfliegerführer Sizilien and charged with safeguarding Axis flights between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia, Italian North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allies launched Operation Flax, a concentrated effort to destroy Axis capability to supply Tunisia by air. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • William Slim and Noel Irwin met in Calcutta, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF 325th Fighter Group received orders to move two of its P-40 squadrons to the airfield at Montesquien, Algeria. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Frederick Aikman shot down a German Ju 87 aircraft and damaged a German Bf 109G aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Seven survivors of American Liberty ship William Pierce Frye, sunk by German submarine U-610 in the North Atlantic five days prior, were rescued by British destroyer HMS Shikari (D 85). ww2dbase [HM]
Hawaii
  • USS Scorpion departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Theater turned over to station (1200 capacity). ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan Photo(s) dated 5 Apr 1943
Young Japanese-American Sachi Ohira of El Monte, California walking with her mother at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Wyoming, United States, 5 Apr 1943.

5 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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