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17 Apr 1943
  • I-168 departed Attu, Aleutian Islands with a cargo of ammunition and mail for Kiska. ww2dbase [I-68/I-168 | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler met with Hungarian regent Mikl├│s Horthy in an attempt to persuade him to further the attempt to deport Jews, who were "pure parasites" and compared to "tuberculosis bacilli" per Hitler, out of Hungary. Horthy would continue to meet this deportation request as little as possible. ww2dbase [Mikl├│s Horthy | CPC]
  • In response to the German discovery of a mass grave near Smolensk, Russia, the Soviet Union insisted that the massacre was committed by the Germans. The Polish government-in-exile in London, England, United Kingdom requested the International Red Cross to investigate the matter. ww2dbase [Katyn Massacre and Related Atrocities | TH]
  • US bombers attacked Palermo, Sicily, Italy. German pilots who scrambled to meet the attackers claimed shooting down 5 bombers and 1 fighter. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • Gilmore was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Gilmore | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas and USS Fletcher departed Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides bound for Noum├ęa, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • Matome Ugaki chaired a conference at the 8th Base Force Headquarters at Rabaul, New Britain. Among other topics, the admirals discussed the lack of armor on Japanese aircraft and the concern that Isoroku Yamamoto was soon to personally visit the front lines. ww2dbase [Friedrich Paulus | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Masaichi Kondo and his air group was transferred to carrier Junyo at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Masaichi Kondo | Truk | CPC]
Germany Indian Ocean
  • Leonardo da Vinci sank Dutch freighter Sembilan, en route from Glasgow, United Kingdom to Durban, South Africa with ammunition aboard, in the Indian Ocean at 1130 hours. Of the 86 aboard, only the Indian sailor Shamshen survived. Leonardo da Vinci picked up Shamshen, who had suffered a broken leg. ww2dbase [Raids into the Indian Ocean | Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • J├╝rgen Stroop was transferred to Warsaw, Poland by Heinrich Himmler to suppress the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. ww2dbase [J├╝rgen Stroop | Warsaw | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The demanding training of dropping the new "Upkeep" bombs at low altitudes had proven too much for some British pilots. Pilot Officer Bill Divall replaced Sergeant Ray Lovell followed soon after by Flight Sergeant Lanchester and his crew being withdrawn. This brought 617 Squadron's stenghth down to 21 crews. ww2dbase [Dambuster Raid | England | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 17 Apr 1943
U-175 forced to surface after being depth charged by USCG cutter Spencer, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943Obersteurmann Helmut Klotzch of U-175 yelled for help after the submarine sank in the North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943US Coast Guard crew of cutter Spencer watched as a depth charge exploded near U-175, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943Boarding party from Coast Guard cutter Spencer approaching the U-175 after the sub was forced to the surface by depth charges, North Atlantic, 500 nautical miles WSW of Ireland, 17 Apr 1943. Minutes later, U-175 sank.
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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