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3 Sep 1943
  • USS Pollack sank Japanese cargo ship Tagonoura Maru off Japan with two of four toropedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Jewish ghetto at Tarnów, Poland was closed and its residents deported; Amon Göth was placed in charge of the deportation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • John Basilone arrived in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hauptmann Heinrich Höfer of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Nine RAAF Catalina aircraft based at Cairns, Queensland, Australia attacked Vunakanau Airfield, Lakunai Airfield, and Rapopo Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, causing no damage and suffering no damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • Robert von Greim was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The new Italian government signed a secret armistice with the Allies. Immediately after, Operation Baytown, the invasion of the Italian mainland, was launched across the Strait of Messina, with British and Canadian troops of British XIII Corps landing at Reggio Calabria without opposition. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
New Hebrides
  • The personnel of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 were transported to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [CPC]
New Zealand
  • Eleanor Roosevelt departed Auckland, New Zealand for Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese aircraft spotted USS Permit and attacked with bombs off Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; USS Permit escaped unscathed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 3 Sep 1943
US Army Corporal Paul F. Janesk posing in his jeep in Sicily, Italy, 3 Sep 1943; note cartoon of Axis leaders drawn on his jeep, and Mussolini crossed outMap depicting the invasion of mainland Italy, Sep 1943

3 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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939