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23 Aug 1943
  • USS Permit began her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Iro Ilk was awarded with the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe goblet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US submarine chasers SC-694 and SC-696 were sunk by German Ju-88 dive bombers off the coast of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The British Joint Planning Staff authorized the transfer of six brigades under Orde Wingate's command for operations in Burma; Wingate had originally wanted eight brigades. The units were to be drawn from the UK 70th Division and the UK 81st African Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • 21 Japanese bombers escorted by 17 fighters took off from Hankou, Hubei, China to attack Chongqing in Sichuan Province, China; the formation was met with an additional 14 fighters en route. 10 P-40, 8 P-43, and 11 P-66 fighters of the Chinese Air Force rose to intercept. The Chinese lost one P-40 fighter, one P-43 fighter, and two P-66 fighters in the engagement while the Japanese lost one bomber and several damaged. This would become the final major aerial attack on Chongqing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 727 RAF bombers dropped 1,700 tons of explosives on Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Air Group 16 on board. TBF-1's, SBD-5's, and F6F-3's of Air Group 16 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • George Patton apologized to Charles Kuhl whom he slapped at a field hospital for accused cowardice. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish damaged a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet Steppe Front captured Kharkov, Ukraine, ending the Fourth Battle of Kharkov; a German counterattack was attempted but repulsed by the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]

23 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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"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943