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5 May 1943
  • In the afternoon, USS Snook began stalking two Japanese freighters Kinko Maru (hitting with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired) and Daifuku Maru (hitting with 1 of 5 torpedoes fired) departing Dalian, China. She sank them with torpedoes after dark. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops captured Krymsk in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarines continued to attack Allied convoy ONS 5 in the North Atlantic, sinking British freighter Dolius and US freighter West Makadet during the day; German submarine U-358 was damaged during the attacks. After dark, German submarines lost contact with the convoy, sinking British freighters Selvistan and Gharinda and Norwegian freighter Bonde, but the radar-equipped Allied escorts continued to fight back, sinking U-638, U-125, and U-531. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak shot down a German Bf 109 fighter while flying a Yak-1 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • The Japanese launched an attack into the region between Wuhan and Yichang in China, aiming gain control of this section of the Yangtze River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Whale departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Marine Fighting Squadron 222 (VMF-222) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • I-174 departed Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit damaged a Japanese transport in the Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 May 1943
US Army Private Arthur Ristinen and Private First Class John Weinzinger of 186th Regiment, 41st Infantry Division relaxing in front of Warisota Plantation, New Guinea, 5 May 1943

5 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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