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19 May 1943
  • Sproston was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pollack sank Japanese ship Bangkok Maru in the Gilbert Islands with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese sampan in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels declared Berlin Judenfrei ("Free of Jews"). In truth, about 2,000 to 3,000 Jews were in hiding in Berlin, while another 18,000 Germans of mixed Jewish heritage were living in Berlin legally. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the North Atlantic, as German submarines began to form an attack formation against Allied convoy SC 130, Liberator bombers of No. 120 Squadron RAF pre-emptively struck them, breaking up the attack. The convoy was met by additional 3 frigates and 1 sloop as reinforcement. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 30 TBF Avenger aircraft of US Marine Scout-Bomber Squadron 143 and US Navy Tropedo Squadron 11 mined waters off Buin, Bougainville, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson engaged in combat with German fighters over Europe. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese 3rd Corps gathered at Chayuansi, Hunan Province, China, preparing for a planned offensive. On the Chinese side, Chen Cheng, commanding officer of the Chinese 6th War Area, returned to the region and reassumed command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • US B-17F bomber 'Memphis Belle' became the second aircraft to complete 25 combat missions after attacking Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Fanni Luukkonen was awarded Order of the German Eagle by Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • USS Alabama arrived at Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 May 1943
Broadside view of USS Marlin, off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States, 19 May 1943Stern view of USS Marlin, off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States, 19 May 1943USS Marlin off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States, 19 May 1943TDN-1 attack drone on its first (piloted) test flight from Traverse City, Michigan, United States, 19 May 1943. The pilot was Navy Lieutenant C.C. Corley. Photo 1 of 2.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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