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11 Aug 1943
  • South African bomber pilot Flying Officer Lloyd Trigg attacked the German submarine U-468 in the South Atlantic off Senegal. On the first pass the submarine's anti-aircraft weapons seriously damaged the bomber. Instead of attempting a water landing, Trigg conducted a second attack run. As the bomber released depth charges, the Liberator aircraft was hit again and crashed into the sea 300 yards from the stricken submarine which also went down. Trigg and his entire crew all perished and only seven German sailors were rescued. Based on German survivor accounts, a report would later be filed detailing the gallant pilot's courage which led to the award of a posthumous Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The minesweeper USS Alchemy was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease act. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Following the crushing defeat at Kursk, Russia, the German forces at Kharkov became in danger of being encircled. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The construction of Akashi-class repair ships Mihara and Momotori at the Mitsubishi Yokohama Shipyard, Japan were canceled. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS S-35 sighted a Japanese ship in the Pacific Ocean but failed to close in for attack. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, and USS Chevalier departed Efate, New Hebrides bound for the Guadalcanal area, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • TBF-1 Avenger aircraft and F4F-4 Wildcats flying from USS Card in the mid-Atlantic attacked the surfaced German submarine U-525 using two depth charges and one Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo. U-525 was lost with all 54 hands. ww2dbase [Mark XXIV | Card | Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | TBF Avenger | F4F Wildcat | DS]
  • German submarine U-172 arrived at the site of U-604's scuttling in the Atlantic Ocean, picking up survivors. They were detected by the Liberator bomber piloted by Lieutenant Commander B. J. Prueher of US Navy squadron VB-107. The Germans fired their deck guns and shot down the bomber, killing the entire crew. One sailor aboard U-172 was killed. ww2dbase [U-172 | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron detected a Japanese airfield at Wewak, Australian New Guinea. ww2dbase [Wewak | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • US Army Air Forces ground personnel began to arrive at Tsili-Tsili Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Admiral William Halsey received operational orders for the New Georgia region of the Solomon Islands, including the seizure of Vella Lavella island and the elimination of Japanese positions on Kolombangara island. Meanwhile, US Army and US Marine Corps forces continued to engage Japanese troops on New Georgia. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
Canada Czechoslovakia Pacific Ocean
  • USS Finback damaged a Japanese ship in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 7 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | South China Sea | CPC]
Singapore Photo(s) dated 11 Aug 1943
Soviet Army engineers building a bridge across the Seversky Donets River, Belgorod, Russia, Aug 1943

11 Aug 1943 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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