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10 May 1943
  • Shimakaze was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cisco was commissioned into service, Commander James W. Coe in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British 6th Armoured Division cut off German troops at Cape Bon, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft from Rabaul attacked American positions in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, but the attack was largely turned back by American fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 59 Zero fighters, 7 J1N reconnaissance aircraft, and 47 G4M bombers arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An experimental J1N1 aircraft arrived at Lakunaia Airfield, Rabaul, New Britain. It was armed with aerial burst bomb launchers, a weapon designed against US bombers. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Heinz Guderian told Adolf Hitler of his misgivings about the Zitadelle plan. Uncharacteristically Hitler responded that, he too, had concerns about an offensive at Kursk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Hawaii
  • USS New Mexico departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of carrier Randolph was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS ABSD-1 was commissioned into service at Everett, Washington, United States with Captain Andrew R. Mack in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Henry Arnold suffered his second heart attck and was hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC, United States for several days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale departed Midway Atoll for her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 May 1943
A 2-inch mortar being fired from a Universal Carrier in Britain, 10 May 1943

10 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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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal