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14 Apr 1943
  • US President Roosevelt's office turned down a request from US Jewish community leaders to meet with the president in preparation to the forthcoming conference in Bermuda regarding the situation of refugees in Europe. ww2dbase [Bermuda Conference | CPC]
  • Stalin's son Yakov Dzhugashvili died in German captivity. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Soviet 14th Army pushed back a German thrust southeast of Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | TH]
  • The No. 3 Column of the Chindits crossed the Chindwin River in Burma and soon became the first column to return to India. ww2dbase [Operation Longcloth | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 23 Japanese dive bombers, 44 medium bombers, and 129 fighters attacked Milne Bay, Australian Papua; 44 Allied fighters rose in response. In the air, 1 Australian P-40 fighter was shot down and another was damaged, and additional Australian P-38 aircraft was destroyed on landing. Three Allied ships were damaged. For the Japanese 5 G4M bombers, 3 D3A dive bombers, and 1 Zero fighter were lost in combat. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • US Navy Fleet Radio Unit Pacific Fleet decoded a intercepted Japanese Navy message, which allowed the US to learn that Yamamoto was planning on an inspection of three front-line bases near Bougainville Island. The decrypted message was immediately forwarded to Admiral Chester Nimitz at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Pearl Harbor Navy Base and Ford Island Naval Air Station | Isoroku Yamamoto | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • The remnants of "Tobruch" Battalion of the "San Marco" naval infantry regiment of Italian Navy began to arrive in Italy from Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Irako transited the Bungo Strait between Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan with minelayer Yurijima in escort. ww2dbase [Irako | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Yugure collided with Muko Maru south of Truk, Caroline Islands and suffered minor damage. ww2dbase [Yugure | CPC]
  • The Soviet State Defense Committee divided the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs Main Directorate for State Security (GUGB/NKVD) into three organizations: People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD; under Lavrentiy Beria; political repression, slave labor camps, prisoners of war camps, and NKVD troops), People's Commissariat for State Security (NKGB; under Vsevolod Merkulov; foreign intelligence and domestic counterintelligence), and State Directorate of Counter-Intelligence (GUKR-NKO or SMERSH; later assigned under Viktor Abakumov; counterintelligence). ww2dbase [Lavrentiy Beria | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Apr 1943
Churchill AVRE vehicle of 163rd Brigade, UK 54th Division, with fascine during ditch crossing exercises near Dunwich, England, United Kingdom, 14 Apr 1943Zhou Fuhai inspecting Manchu Aircraft Company plant, Mukden, Liaoning, China, 14 Apr 1943

14 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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