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7 May 1943
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese sampan in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Snook attacked a Japanese convoy off China and sank Hosei Maru, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Pintado was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hitler announced in a speech to Reichsleiters and Gauleiters that submarine warfare was to be stepped up as the surest way to cut enemy supply lines, even as the German submarine fleet was being pounded in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Allied naval forces began the Operation Retribution blockade, sealing off Tunisia, Italian North Africa from the sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Buthidaung, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak shot down a German Bf 109 fighter while flying a Yak-1 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • Japanese troops captured Anxiang, Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies France
  • German television began broadcasting from studios in Paris, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Parts of British Fighter Squadrons 882, 896, and 898 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo sank freighter Tamon Maru No. 5 off Iwate Prefecture, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes. Later on the same day, she attacked a military convoy consisted of two escort vessels and a naval auxiliary in the same region, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italians scuttled captured French minelayer Castor at Bizerte, Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 May 1943
Japanese pilot Nishizawa flying his A6M3a Model 22 Zero fighter in the Solomon Islands area, 7 May 1943

7 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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