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5 Apr 1943
  • 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 [Theodor Osterkamp | CPC]
  • Allies launched Operation Flax, a concentrated effort to destroy Axis capability to supply Tunisia by air. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • William Slim and Noel Irwin met in Calcutta, India. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine U-869 was laid down. ww2dbase [U-869 | CPC]
  • USS Finback hit a damaged and beached Japanese merchant ship off Wake Island with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • USS Pompon began her journey down the Mississippi River in a floating drydock toward New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ww2dbase [Pompon | 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 [Frederick Aikman | 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]
Australian New Guinea
  • Yugure departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands at 0600 to make rendezvous with Nichiei Maru at sea. ww2dbase [Yugure | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against the docks at Antwerp, Belgium. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Antwerp | DS]
Hawaii Japan Newfoundland
  • USS Ranger arrived at Argentia, Newfoundland. ww2dbase [Ranger | Argentia | DS]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS S-43 transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [S-43 | Balboa | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides experienced a fire in her maneuvering room and also burned out her starboard motors. Silversides put into Johnson Island. ww2dbase [Silversides | Johnson Island | DS]
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.First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt preparing to christen the USS Casablanca, the lead ship in a new class of escort carriers, 5 Apr 1943, Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington, United States.

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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