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9 Apr 1943
  • British troops captured Mahares, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • USS S-31 arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia where she would be refitted and would serve as a target for training exercises. ww2dbase [S-31 | CPC]
  • Ivan Bagramyan was awarded the Order of Kutuzov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Ivan Bagramyan | CPC]
  • Horst Grund was wounded. ww2dbase [Horst Grund | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Tunny made contact with a Japanese fleet off Truk, Caroline Islands at 2228 hours. She fired four torpedoes at the fleet, which now she realized was an aircraft carrier force, observing multiple hits. She then fired an additional six torpedoes before diving; the subsequent depth charge counterattack caused little damage. Later study of Japanese records revealed that the attacks caused only minor damage on the Japanese force as the torpedoes were detonated prematurely. ww2dbase [Tunny | Truk | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Poland United States
  • The keel of submarine Parche was laid down at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Parche | Kittery, Maine | CPC]
  • The modified P-38G aircraft which Benjamin Kelsey was test flying failed to pull out of a dive; Kelsey parachuted to safety, albeit suffering a broken ankle on landing, but the aircraft would crash near Calabasas, California, United States. ww2dbase [Benjamin Kelsey | Calabasas, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Apr 1943
Lieutenant Walter A. Haas in the cockpit of a F2A Buffalo aircraft, Miami, Florida, United States, 9 Apr 1943US Navy ordnanceman loading .50 caliber ammunition for a F2A Buffalo fighter, Naval Air Station Miami, Florida, United States, 9 Apr 1943

9 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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