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16 May 1943 China
  • Japanese 3rd Division attacked Songzi, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | CPC]
  • Nachi refueled from oiler Teiyo Maru in Kataoka Bay, Paramushiro (Paramushir), Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale took station 56 kilometers east of Wake Atoll and guided US Army B-24 bombers toward Wake. She was spotted by a Japanese aircraft, but sustained no damaged in the subsequent attack. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
  • USS Grayback damaged a Japanese destroyer in the South Pacific, hitting her with 2 of 6 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
  • The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising ended in Poland with the destruction of the Warsaw synagogue at 2015 hours. In J?rgen Stroop's final daily report, he noted that 180 Jewish fighters were killed on this final day. ww2dbase [Warsaw Ghetto Uprising | Jürgen Stroop | TH]
United Kingdom
  • Wing Commander Guy Gibson's Dambusters took off from Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom for an attack on the Ruhr River dams in Germany. ww2dbase [Dambuster Raid | TH, CPC]
United States
  • USS Mingo departed New London, Connecticut, United States for the Panama Canal. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]

16 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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945