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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 [Remy Van Lierde | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Twenty year old The Honourable Thomas Henry Sackville was the son of Herbrand Edward Brassey Sackville, 9th Earl of De la Warr; he was a Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Squadron 613 based at RAF Wellingore only 10 miles from the RAF College at Cranwell, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom. He and New Zealander Flight Lieutenant W. J. Dooley were flying RAF Mustang aircraft in a fighter sweep over northern Europe when they were jumped by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 Feldwebel M. Winkler of 2./JG 27. Winkler shot down both the Mustang fighters which crashed into the North Sea. Sackville's aircraft broke up on hitting the water and he was killed. Dooley ditched his Mustang I AP207 and was picked up by a Dornier Do 24 Flying Boat and taken as a prisoner of war. ww2dbase [HM]
  • Lancaster I bomber W4110 of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron piloted by 23-year-old Flying Officer William Rail, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from Vumba, Southern Rhodesia was shot down by nightfighter pilot Unteroffizier Karl-Gustav Pfeiffer of IV/NJG 1 and crashed into the North Sea west of Den Helder, the Netherlands. The aircraft had been returning to RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom after a raid on Pilzen, Czechoslovakia. All seven of the crew were killed and were later named on the Runnymede Memorial on Cooper's Hill in Runnymede, Surrey, England. ww2dbase [HM]
Australia
  • 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]
Belgium
  • Robert Johnson saw action in flight for the first time while escorting B-17 bombers over Belgium, damaging two German Fw 190 aircraft. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | CPC]
China
  • Japanese 3rd Division captured Gong'an, Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | CPC]
Germany Greenland
  • US aircraft bombed the Bluie East Five site in eastern Greenland, suspecting German usage of the site. ww2dbase [Bluie East Five | CPC]
Japan
  • Shokaku departed Kure, Japan for another series of trips to Oita, Iwasihima, and Tokuyama. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
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 [Bombing of Cities in France and Low Countries | 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 [Dambuster Raid | AC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Washington DC, United States to attend the Trident Conference. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 May 1943
Kinkaid reading in his quarters on Adak, Aleutian Islands, 14 May 1943

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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