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3 Aug 1943
  • Shokaku sortied from Truk. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Italian troops begin evacuation of Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | TH]
  • In southern Russia, the Voronezh and Steppe Fronts drove into German Armeegruppe Süd's flank, causing a retreat. ww2dbase [TH]
  • George Patton visited a field hospital in Sicily, Italy and slapped Charles Kuhl for what he claimed as cowardice as Kuhl suffered no physical wounds. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein shot down three Soviet aircraft, increasing his victories to 50. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • US Navy Lt(jg) Zeke Cormier flying a TBF Avenger from escort carrier USS Card dropped two depth charges and one Mark 24 FIDO on what was believed to be a German submarine in the mid-Atlantic. One submarine was reported sunk but this was never confirmed. ww2dbase [TBF Avenger | Card | Mark XXIV | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tanks of the US Marine Corps 9th Battalion joined the American offensive on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | New Georgia | CPC]
  • US Navy squadron VS-54, equipped with SBD dive bombers and OS2U floatplanes, was transferred out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • USS Finback sank a Japanese cargo ship in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 5 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | South China Sea | CPC]
Russia
  • Troops of Soviet Voronezh Front and Steppe Front crossed the Vorskla River and penetrated German lines near Belgorod, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Belgorod | Belgorod | CPC]
  • Nikolai Melnikov was made the deputy of the Soviet NKVD Directorate for Prisoners of War and Interned Persons (UPVI) with personal command over its 2nd (Operational) Department. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Aug 1943
M6 Gun Motor Carriage with 37 mm Gun M3 anti-tank gun, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 3 Aug 1943USS Hoel in San Francisco Bay, California, United States, 3 Aug 1943. Note the depth charge racks on the stern as well as depth charge launchers along the rail abreast the No. 3 and No. 4 gun turrets.

3 Aug 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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