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11 May 1943
  • US 7th Infantry Division landed on Attu, Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Aleutian Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • 26 girls were killed in an Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) hostel in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom during a German bombing raid. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The United Kingdom to Lisbon, Portugal air service, previously operated by the Dutch airline KLM, was taken over by the British airline BOAC using Douglas DC-3 aircraft on the route. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Lakunai Airfield and Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Army Air Forces 390th Bombardment Squadron of 42nd Bombardment Group, equipped with B-25 medium bombers, was assigned to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Japan
  • Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in Tokyo, Japan. ww2dbase [Subhash Chandra Bose | CPC]
  • Nachi departed Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit attacked a Japanese convoy east of the Mariana Islands, sinking two transports with 4 torpedo hits and damaging a third with 1 hit; a total of 6 torpedoes was expended. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • USS Grayback attacked a six-freighter Japanese convoy escorted by three armed vessels after dark in the South Pacific, sinking freighter Yodogawa Maru with 1 of 6 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy SC 130 (37 ships) departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Black May | CPC]
United States
  • Winston Churchill arrived in Washington DC, United States for the Trident Conference scheduled to start on the next day. ww2dbase [Trident Conference | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Flying Fish | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 May 1943
Destroyer USS Pruitt and landing craft from USS Heywood moving toward Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 11 May 1943American troops at Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 11 May 1943USS Pennsylvania’s #4 main battery seen from under the wing of an OS2U Kingfisher catapult scout plane as the battleship is preparing for the bombardment of Attu Island in the Aleutians, 11 May 1943.

11 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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