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22 May 1943
  • Shokaku joined a large fleet for the Aleutian Islands, but the sortie was canceled as Attu was reclaimed by US forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Kimberly was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Shigeru Fukudome was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American TBF aircraft from the 14,000-ton USS Bogue attacked the German submarine U-569, forcing her to surface and surrender. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Japanese troops launched an attack toward the region west of Yidu, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Italian flag was hoisted aboard captured French cruiser La Galissonnière at Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The Italian flag was hoisted aboard captured French cruiser Jean de Vienne at Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler, Erhard Milch, Adolf Galland, Willy Messerschmitt and others previewed the Me 262 jet fighter at Lechfeld, München-Oberbayern, Germany. Hitler liked the jet and demanded it to be used as a bomber. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Admiral Chester Nimitz boarded USS Wahoo at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii to present awards. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down two Hurricane fighters over Chittagong, India (now Bangladesh), increasing his score to 42. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Carrier Langley was launched at Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sable departed Buffalo, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 22 May 1943
B-17E Fortress “Sally” at 7-Mile Aerodrome, Port Moresby, New Guinea, May 22 1943. This was the personal transportation aircraft for LGen George Kenney, commander of Allied Air Forces, Southwest Pacific Area.

22 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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