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19 May 1943
  • 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 [Joseph Goebbels | CPC]
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese sampan in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Gar | 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 [Black May | CPC]
  • Sproston was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Sproston | 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 [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • USS Pollack sank Japanese ship Bangkok Maru in the Gilbert Islands with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson engaged in combat with German fighters over Europe. ww2dbase [Robert Johnson | 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 [Battle of Exi | Chayuansi, Hunan | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Kamoi departed Sibolga, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies; she would arrive at Padang to the south later on the same day. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Sibolga, Sumatra | CPC]
Germany New Zealand
  • Destroyer USS Cummings arrived at Caliope Dock, Devonport Navy Yard, Auckland, New Zealand for a brief overhaul. ww2dbase [Cummings | Auckland | DS]
United Kingdom US Pacific Islands
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides put into Johnson Island, took aboard 11,000 gallons of fuel oil, and departed again on her way to her patrol area. ww2dbase [Silversides | Johnson Island | DS]
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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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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