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3 Jul 1943
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Japanese bombers attacked supply dumps on Rendova, Solomon Islands, but failed to cause significant damage. To the north, on New Georgia, troops of the 172nd Infantry Regiment of the US Army 43rd Division were landed on Zanana beach. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
Egypt France United Kingdom
  • 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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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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