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16 Jun 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Major General John Hester announced the date for the New Georgia invasion to be 30 Jun 1943. On the same day, a group of Japanese dive bombers and fighters unsuccessfully attacked American positions in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands; a large number of the aircraft were destroyed. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • B-17 bomber "Old 666", piloted by Captain Jay Zeamer, conducted a camera mapping mission over Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. It was attacked and heavily damaged by fighters of the squadron led by Warrant Officer Yoshio Oki. Zeamer, wounded, would be able to fly the bomber back home; this later won him a Medal of Honor. ww2dbase [Bougainville | CPC]
  • Werner Haase was promoted to the rank of SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer. ww2dbase [Werner Haase | CPC]
Japan Ukraine
  • Marcel Albert, flying a Yak-1 fighter, shot down a Fw 189 aircraft over Brusna, Sumy Oblast, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Marcel Albert | Brusna, Sumy | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Noor Inayat Khan boarded a Lysander aircraft in Britain for France. She was accompanied by her superior Vera Atkins. ww2dbase [Lysander | Noor Inayat Khan | Vera Atkins | CPC]
United States
  • The keel was laid for Liberty ship Jack London at the Marinship yard. This was the last Liberty ship made at Marinship as production had entirely shifted to building tankers, the ship type Marinship was created to build. ww2dbase [Marinship Shipbuilding | Liberty-class | Sausalito, California | DS]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jun 1943
Headquarters of Commander, Air, South Pacific on Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 16 Jun 1943, with USMC MGen Ralph Mitchell, USMC MGen Holland Smith, Adm Chester Nimitz, VAdm Aubrey Fitch, and Adm William Halsey in front.

16 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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