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13 Aug 1943
  • Orde Wingate shared his plans for an offensive into Burma; Claude Auchinleck, however, argued for Winston Churchill's alternate plan which focused on the Andaman Islands and then Sumatra instead. ww2dbase [Orde Wingate | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, and USS Chevalier arrived at Guadalcanal and anchored in Purvis Bay, Tulagi, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • A F-4 and a F-5 aircraft of US 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron detected 199 Japanese aircraft and 4 air strips at Wewak, Australian New Guinea. ww2dbase [Wewak | CPC]
Austria British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Army 43rd Division landed on Vela Cela (and discovered no Japanese positions) and Baanga just off western New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the Imperial General Headquarters issued Directive No. 267 authorizing the abandonment of the central Solomon Islands region. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • The US IX Bomber Command attacked the Lorenzo marshaling yards near Rome, Italy with 106 B-17 bombers, 66 B-25 bombers, and 102 B-26 bombers, escorted by 140 P-38G Lightning fighters. Heavy damage was inflicted on the yards and although two B-26Cs were downed the Italians lost five modern fighters in combat with the P-38 fighters. ww2dbase [Bombing of Rome, Naples, and Other Cities | Rome | AC]
  • Nachi arrived at Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan for a refitting; she would receive a Type 21 air search radar. ww2dbase [Nachi | Mutsu, Aomori | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish sanked Japanese converted gunboat Edo Maru and damaged another ship off Taiwan, hitting them with 6 of 10 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo transited the Etorofu Strait and entered the Sea of Okhotsk. ww2dbase [Wahoo | Sea of Okhotsk | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 602 Squadron RAF, flying Spitfire VB fighters, arrived at RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [RAF Newchurch | Newchurch, England | CPC]
United States
  • US 13th Airborne Division was activated on at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States under the command of Major General George W. Griner, Jr. ww2dbase [Fort Bragg, North Carolina | AC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Aug 1943
American troops marching up the beach at Adak, Aleutian Islands during pre-invasion loading for the Kiska invasion, 13 Aug 1943; note LCM landing craft, USS Pennsylvania, and M1 Garand riflesGerman Tiger I heavy tanks climbing a hill on the front lines near Belgorod, Russia, 13 Aug 1943B-24 Liberator of the 43rd Bomb Group during a bombing run over the major Japanese base at Salamaua, Australian New Guinea, Aug 13, 1943.B-25 Mitchell bombers of the US 42nd Bomber Group practicing skip-bombing off New Caledonia, 13 Aug 1943

13 Aug 1943 Interactive Map

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