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14 May 1943
  • The Australian hospital ship Centaur was sunk by a Japanese submarine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Remy Van Lierde became the first pilot to drop bombs on an enemy target from a Typhoon fighter; en route back to base, he shot down a German He 111 bomber, which was his third kill. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 475th Fighter Group was established in Australia. Lieutenant Colonel George Prentiss would arrive one week later to take command of this new formation. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Robert Johnson saw action in flight for the first time while escorting B-17 bombers over Belgium, damaging two German Fw 190 aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese 3rd Division captured Gong'an, Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Mosquito reconnaissance aircraft photographed a German rocket at Peenemünde, Germany; it was estimated to be 38 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US aircraft bombed the Bluie East Five site in eastern Greenland, suspecting German usage of the site. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Netherlands
  • The Martin B-26 Marauder made its operational debut in northern Europe with a partially successful attack by US 322nd Bomb Group on the Velsen power station at Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United Kingdom
  • In Britain, following more "Upkeep" bomb dropping training at the Wainfleet Bombing Range on the Wash (where a wooden mock up of the dam's towers had been constructed) at full night dress rehearsal was conducted on the Uppingham and Colchester reservoirs. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Washington DC, United States to attend the Trident Conference. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 May 1943
Kinkaid reading in his quarters on Adak, Aleutian Islands, 14 May 1943German officer (possibly SS General Maximilian von Herff) questioning Jews in Warsaw, Poland, 14-15 May 1943; note Jürgen Stroop (with goggles) and Karl Kaleske (or Erich Steidtmann; first from right) in background

14 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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