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3 Jul 1943
  • Germans launched Operation Citadel, aimed at encircling and destroying Soviet forces in the Orel-Belgorod salient in Russia. Soviet air activity had delayed the launch by one day. ww2dbase [Battle of Kursk | TH]
  • Köln, Germany suffered a heavy air raid. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • Ann Baumgartner graduated from the Women Airforce Service Pilots training program. ww2dbase [Ann Baumgartner | CPC]
  • The prototype aircraft XP-47K was completed. This aircraft incorporated the all-round-vision bubble-type canopy of a Hawker Typhoon, which was soon adopted as standard on all later production models of the P-47D. ww2dbase [P-47 Thunderbolt | AC]
  • USS Snook began stalking a Japanese convoy off the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. ww2dbase [Snook | CPC]
  • USS Scorpion fired six torpedoes at a 5-ship Japanese convoy, sinking cargo ships Anzan Maru and Kokuryu Maru with five hits; she suffered serious damage during the subsequent depth charging. ww2dbase [Scorpion | CPC]
  • USS Gunnel ended her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Gunnel | CPC]
  • USS S-41 departed Attu, US Territory of Alaska, starting her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-41 | Attu | CPC]
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  • No. 132 Squadron RAF, flying Spitfire VB and IXB fighters, arrived at RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [RAF Newchurch | Newchurch, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1943
German Luftwaffe Lieutenant General Theodor Osterkamp, Major General Adolf Galland, Colonel Günther Lützow, and Lieutenant Colonel Günther von Maltzahn on an airfield in Italy, 3 Jul 1943Navy Operations Room aboard USS Ancon while at Oran, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1943Status board in the Joint Operations Room aboard USS Ancon while at Oran, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1943Joint Operations Room aboard USS Ancon while at Oran, French Algeria, 3 Jul 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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