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13 Jun 1943
  • Lydia Litvyak was made the commanding officer of 3rd Aviation Squadron of Soviet 73rd Guard Fighter Aviation Regiment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 21 B-17 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain with 87,000 pounds of bombs before dawn; a J1N1 nightfighter (pilot Senior Flight Petty Officer Shigetoshi Kudo, observer Lieutenant (jg) Akira Sugawara) shot down B-17 bomber "Georgia Peach" at 0326 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Baltic Sea
  • Brigadier General Nathan Forrest became the first American general to be killed on active service in Europe when the B-17 bomber in which he traveled aboard (as an observer on a bombing mission) was lost over the Baltic Sea. His body would wash up near a seaplane base at Ruegen Island in Germany in Sep 1943. ww2dbase [AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • A contingent of US Army, US Navy, and US Marine Corps officers were landed at Segi, New Georgia to evaluate possible landing locations for an invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMSB-144, equipped with SBD-3 dive bombers, was assigned to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Johnson scored his first kill, a German Fw 190 aircraft of 10 Staffel of JG 26, over Bergues, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan United States
  • The keel of Preston was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding at San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jun 1943
African-American pianist Dorothy Donegan playing with the Camp Robert Smalls swing band at US Navy Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois, United States, 16 Jun 1943

13 Jun 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