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2 Jul 1943
  • Japanese physicist Yoshio Nishina met his with army liaison officer Major General Nobuji and reported that he expected to be successful with the nuclear research project. He noted that 10 kilograms of uranium-235 of at least 50% purity to create an atomic bomb, but he needed a large cyclotron to conduct experiments to confirm this theory. Nobuji promised further funding. ww2dbase [Yoshio Nishina | CPC]
  • Greek guerrillas were placed under direct operational control of Allied Middle Eastern Command. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in Singapore. ww2dbase [Subhash Chandra Bose | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese cargo ship off Taiwan, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • USS S-35 was ordered to sail to waters off Paramushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Major General Noboru Sasaki assumed sole command of all Japanese garrisons on New Georgia, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Noboru Sasaki | New Georgia | CPC]
  • Troops of US Army 43rd Division began to move from Rendova to New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, covered by gunfire from US Marines 9th Defense Battalion and US Army 192nd Field Artillery aimed at Munda Airfield; Japanese bombers attempted to interfere by attacking supply dumps on Rendova, causing heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Rendova | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 1600 hours. ww2dbase [Yugure | Truk | CPC]
  • The Italian 1st Air Force Assault Regiment "Amedeo d'Aosta" was effectively disbanded; after this date it would be consisted only with a small number of officers. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 19 Squadron RAF, flying Spitfire VB and VC fighters, arrived at RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [RAF Newchurch | Newchurch, England | CPC]
  • Two Stirling bombers of No. 620 Squadron collided in mid-air over Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom while engaged in an fighter affiliation exercise, a mock attack with a Bristol Beaufighter. Both aircraft crashed with fifteen airmen killed and two injured. One of the fatalities was air mechanic AC1 A. Haigh who was just eighteen years old. ww2dbase [Sudbury, England | AC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jul 1943
F6F Hellcat on the flight deck of Enterprise, 2 Jul 1943

2 Jul 1943 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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