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8 Aug 1943
  • USS Gar departed Fremantle, Australia for her ninth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The imprisoned Mussolini was transferred to the island of La Maddalena off Sardinia, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • King Vittorio Emanuele III decreed that Italy was under a state of siege. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • US troops landed at St. Agata, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Antrup was named the commanding officer of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Battery B of the US Marine Corps 9th Defense Battalion was deployed at Kindu Point on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands to defend the southern coast of the island near Munda airfield. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The commanding officer of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 Bill Pace was killed when his Corsair fighter overheated and crashed in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale sank Japanese aircraft transport Naruto Maru between Japan and Mariana Islands, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

8 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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