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11 Jun 1943
  • German Major Werner Streib of 1./NJG 1 flying a Heinkel He 219 Uho night fighter shot down five Avro Lancaster bombers in a single sortie. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The final liquidation of all Jewish ghettos in Poland was ordered by Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | TH]
  • In Germany, 200 B-17 bombers of US 8th Air Force bomb Wilhelmshaven, while RAF aircraft bombed Münster and Düsseldorf. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • USS Finback sank a Japanese cargo ship east of Philippine Islands, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • USS Runner sank Japanese cargo ship Seinan Maru in Tsugaru Strait off Hokkaido, Japan. ww2dbase [Runner (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • USS S-35 arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [S-35 | Unalaska | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 10 B-24 bombers of US 43rd Bomb Group attacked Vunakanau airfield at Rabaul, New Britain with 39,000 pounds of bombs between 0000 and 0500 hours, destroying some Japanese aircraft on the ground. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • George Kenney returned tactical control of the bombers at Port Moresby, Australian Papua to Ennis Whitehead, who had returned from Australia after receiving medical treatment for a badly infected toe. Kenney departed Port Moresby for Brisbane, Australia later in the day. ww2dbase [George Kenney | Port Moresby | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Navy squadron VS-54, equipped with SBD dive bombers and OS2U floatplanes, was assigned to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
  • In China, Chinese troops regained all territory in the Hubei and Hunan Provinces lost to the Japanese offensive launched on 5 May 1943. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Italy Japan
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 13th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Hashirajima, Japan for Yokosuka, Japan to embark the air group of carrier Hiyo, which was damaged in action on the previous day. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Hashirajima, Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Hiyo, damaged by torpedo hits from USS Trigger on the previous day, arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Hiyo-class | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Isuzu, Ariake, and Yugure escorted Hiyo, damaged by USS Trigger on the previous day, toward Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Hiyo | Isuzu | Yugure | CPC]
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides attacked a transport heavily laden with gasoline about half way between Rabaul and Truk. The ship was hit with three out of four torpedoes fired from Silversides and exploded into a great ball of fire and then burned for several hours before sinking. ww2dbase [Silversides | DS]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 11 Jun 1943
Bell underway off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 11 Jun 1943, photo 1 of 2Bell underway off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 11 Jun 1943, photo 2 of 2USS Ancon in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 Jun 194382nd Airborne load a 75mm howitzer into a CG-4A Troop Glider during training at Oujda, French Morocco, North Africa a month before the Sicily invasion, Jun 11 1943.
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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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