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11 Jul 1943
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Western Pacific. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tunny refueled at Johnston Island, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German forces in Operation Citadel ran out of momentum, even though there had been some objectives reached. Hitler refused to call off the operation, which could have saved many of the units. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Australian Papua
  • 19th Bomb Squadron (flying B-25 and B-26 aircraft) of USAAF 22nd Bomb Group was transferred to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Admiral William Halsey issued a directive for an attack in the Bougainville area in the Solomon Islands; Lieutenant General Alexander Vandegrift was to be the head of the invasion force. Elsewhere, the 1st Marine War Dog Platoon arrived in the theater in preparation of the Bougainville operations with the 2nd Marine Raider Regiment. At New Georgia, the US airfield at Segi Point was now fully operational. After sundown, US cruisers and destroyers bombarded Japanese positions at Munda, New Georgia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Greece
  • A German officer was killed in Greece when a partisan fighter threw a grenade into the officer's vehicle. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Hoe arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Italy
  • HMS Howe bombarded Trapani and Favignana, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Ancon operated off Scoglitti, Sicily, Italy as a commications ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • British 8th Army captured Syracuse, Sicily, Italy and its useful harbour. Also on Sicily, General Paul Conrath's Hermann Göring Panzer Division overran the American outposts at Ponte Dirillo and were only prevented from breaking through the Allied lines by an attack by James Gavin's paratroopers from the rear. Elsewhere, Conrath personally led a column which assaulted the weakly held Piano Lupo, to get within 2,000 yards of the beach before being stopped by the defenders. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Omar Bradley arrived at Sicily, Italy while recovering from a recent hemorrhoidectomy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone United States
  • USS Wahoo began a period of trials and training off California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Flier was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States. sponsored by the wife of A. S. Pierce. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Jul 1943
USS Boise firing on armor forces near Gela, Sicily, Italy as LST-325, full of US Army trucks, approached the landing beaches, 11 Jul 1943American transport SS Robert Rowan exploding after being hit by German Ju 88 bombers, Gela, Sicily, at about 1550 to 1555 hours on 11 Jul 1943US Army Private George Katere, Private First Class William Mosa, and Private First Class Jessie Hampton posing with Sicilian civilians, Italy, 11 Jul 1943George Patton in Gela, Sicily, Italy, mid-Jul 1943
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11 Jul 1943 Interactive Map

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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