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5 Aug 1943
  • In Sicily, Italy, German forces withdrew from Troina, while British Eighth Army captured Catania. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | TH]
  • British trawler Gulland was launched. ww2dbase [Gulland | CPC]
  • The Japanese Navy transferred the 12th Air Fleet from the Combined Fleet to the Northeast Area Fleet; it now had three air flotillas, one communication unit, and one weather observation unit. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Minesweeper USS Alarm was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease act. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US Navy Admiral Raymond Spruance, formerly the chief of staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Ocean Area, was named the commanding officer of the Central Pacific Area and the commanding officer of the Fifth Fleet. ww2dbase [Raymond Spruance | CPC]
  • Gusztáv Jány stepped down as the commanding officer of Hungarian 2nd Army. ww2dbase [Gusztáv Jány | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Navy squadrons VF-26, VF-27, and VF-28, all equipped with F4F fighters, were transferred out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
Hawaii Japan Russia
  • Soviet troops nearly the German garrison at Belgorod, Russia; German troops began evacuating the city after sundown. ww2dbase [Battle of Belgorod | Belgorod | CPC]
  • Konstantin Rokossovsky's Central Front liberated Orel, Russia and the Germans withdrew to the partly prepared Hagen line position at the base of the salient. ww2dbase [Konstantin Rokossovsky | Bryansk | AC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Aug 1943
Rebuilt Zero fighter at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, Australia, 5 Aug 1943; note B-17 bomber in background

5 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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