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6 Jul 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kavieng, New Ireland departing later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • After four hours of sea trials off the Golden Gate, USS Bailey returned to Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • 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 [New Britain | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • During Battle of Kula Gulf in the Solomon Islands, US cruisers USS Honolulu, USS Helena, USS St. Louis with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Radford, USS Jenkins, and USS O'Bannon engaged a Japanese force of destroyers Niizuki, Yunagi, Suzukaze, Tanikaze, Amagiri, Hatsuyuki, Nagatsuki, Satsuki, Mochizuki, Mikazuki and Hamakaze in the early morning darkness. Helena fired on the incoming Japanese convoy at 0157 hours, but the many gun flashes in turn made Helena an attractive target for Japanese gunners. Suzukaze and Tanikaze each launched Type 93 torpedoes. One struck Helena at 0203 hours, followed by two more at 0205 hours. Helena would sink at 0225 hours. Niizuki is sunk by gunfire. Nagatsuki was badly damaged and beached near Bambari Harbor, Kolombangara. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Tanikaze | Solomon Islands Campaign | Walden Ainsworth | Helena (St. Louis-class) | Honolulu | Suzukaze | New Georgia Sound, Solomon Islands | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Irako arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
  • Sendai and Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yugure | Sendai | Truk | CPC]
China Germany
  • 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 L├╝beck; the transfer would continue until 12 Jul when the last French and Belgian prisoners were transferred out. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
  • Captain Franco Lucchini, Italian fighter ace with 26 victories, was shot down and killed by a Spitfire fighter over Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Sicilia | AC]
  • Dwight Eisenhower arrived at Malta by B-17 aircraft. ww2dbase [Dwight Eisenhower | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit sank a Japanese transport off Hokkaido, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Permit | 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 [Battle of Kursk | Kursk | AC]
United States 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 Fireman 1st-class Irvin L. Edwards, a crew member of the sunken USS Helena who died of his wounds, 7 Jul 1943.USS 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. Photo 1 of 2.
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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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