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2 Sep 1943
  • Light carrier Ryuho was assigned to the Standby Force of the Mobile Force of Carrier Division 2 of the Third Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The British Royal Navy battleships HMS Warspite and HMS Valiant bombarded Reggio Calabria at the southern tip of Italy, eliminating a six gun battery. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • After enduring months of torture at the hands of the Gestapo, Josef Mahler, an emigré Communist Jew, expelled from the Netherlands in 1940, was executed in prison in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Gestapo had failed to obtain from him any confession of a conspiratorial nature. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands France
  • Captured French submarine Henri Poincaré departed Toulon, France with an Italian crew. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Haddock departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Photographic Squadron 3 (VD-3) departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Unescorted B-17 bombers of the Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) raided the rail marshalling yards at Bolzano, Trento, and Bologna and Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan where she would be drydocked for repairs and refitting. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov suggested trying some of the German officers captured at Stalingrad, Russia as war criminals as they were responsible for Soviet deaths at a prisoner of war camp at the village of Alekseevka near Stalingrad. Some of these German officers include camp commandant Rudolf Körpert, Werner von Kunowski, Wilhelm Langheld, and Otto Mäder. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]

2 Sep 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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"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal