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2 May 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Viktor Lutze, head of the SA, was killed by partisans; he was succeeded by Wilhelm Scheppmann. The cause of death was officially stated as an automobile accident. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Japanese aircraft conducted a raid on Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The RAF Bomber Command reported to the British Air Ministry that it currently had 725 ready crews for operations; the number included 129 crews of Wellington bombers and 250 crews for Lancaster bombers. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese ship in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • The Japanese Southeast Detached Force was established for the defense of the Solomon Islands, with its base in Rabaul. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt informed George Marshall that he was going to approve the supplies Chiang Kaishek requested without any caveats, which included 500 planes and 10,000 tons of supplies to be delivered over the Hump. ww2dbase [Burma Road and the Hump | Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack attacked a Japanese transport in the Pacific Ocean; all four torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Skipjack | CPC]
  • The British Admiralty was officially announced the loss of destroyer HMS Beverley, sunk on 11 Apr 1943 while escorting Allied convoy ON-176. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 2 May 1943
USS S-35 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States, 2 May 1943, photo 1 of 2USS S-35 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington, United States, 2 May 1943, photo 2 of 2SBD-3 Dauntless, F4F-4 Wildcat, and TBF-1 Avenger aircraft aboard USS Enterprise, northeast of Nouméa, New Caledonia, 2 May 1943; note USS Washington in backgroundIndianapolis off Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 2 May 1943, photo 1 of 2
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2 May 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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