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6 Jul 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kavieng, New Ireland departing later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • American and Japanese ships engaged in the Battle of Kula Gulf. The Americans lost one light cruiser and the Japanese two destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of German 1st Mountain Division massacred 107 people of the village of Borova in Albania. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Lieutenant Frederic Hargesheimer of US 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, who had survived the shot down of his aircraft over New Britain, was found by natives after spending a month in the jungle. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • During Battle of Kula Gulf northwest of New Georgia, USS Helena ambushed an incoming Japanese convoy at 0157 hours, but the many gun flashes in turn made her an attractive target for Japanese gunners. She was struck by a Japanese Type 93 torpedo at 0203 hours, followed by two more at 0205 hours. She would sink at 0225 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • After sundown, B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • French and Belgian prisoners of war began to be transferred out of the Oflag IV-C camp at Colditz Castle in Germany for the Oflag X-C camp in Lübeck; the transfer would continue until 12 Jul when the last French and Belgian prisoners were transferred out. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Franco Lucchini, Italian fighter ace with 26 victories, was shot down and killed by a Spitfire fighter over Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower arrived at Malta by B-17 aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit sank a Japanese transport off Hokkaido, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Russia, in the north of the Kursk salient, on Central Front, Konstantin Rokossovsky launched a counter-attack, throwing in three tank corps. But it foundered on former Soviet minefields which the Germans had reinforced, and the Soviets instead took up fixed positions to act as a breakwater against a renewed German assault. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) exited Chesapeake Bay, United States on her way to the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 6 Jul 1943
USS Denver SG radarscope image showing Battle of Kula Gulf situation at 0117 on 6 Jul 1943US Marines aboard USS Honolulu firing a salute during funeral services for a casualty from sunken USS Helena, circa 6 Jul 1943USS Helena (left) and USS St. Louis (right) firing during Battle of Kula Gulf in the Solomon Islands, 6 Jul 1943; photo taken from USS HonoluluRescued survivors of USS Helena aboard destroyer USS Nicholas, Solomon Islands, 6 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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