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2 Sep 1943
  • 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]
  • 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 [Warspite | AC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho was assigned to the Standby Force of the Mobile Force of Carrier Division 2 of the Third Fleet. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for cable layer Osei Maru at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
France
  • Captured French submarine Henri Poincaré departed Toulon, France with an Italian crew. ww2dbase [Toulon Military Port | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • 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]
Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan where she would be drydocked for repairs and refitting. ww2dbase [Kure Naval Arsenal | Yukikaze | CPC]
Russia
  • 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 [Nuremberg Trials and Other Trials Against Germany | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Whale | 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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