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13 Sep 1943
  • USS S-28 entered her patrol area in the northern Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
  • Allied aircraft bombed Rhodes, a Greek island recently under Italian occupation, now garrisoned by German troops. ww2dbase [Dodecanese Campaign | TH]
  • Private Richard Kelliher won the Victoria Cross in New Guinea for knocking out Japanese positions to rescue his pinned down Australian comrades. Only six months before, Irish-born Kelliher had been court martialled for cowardice under fire, although the conviction had been quickly quashed. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Orde Wingate departed Cairo, Egypt for Karachi, India. ww2dbase [Orde Wingate | CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek was elected the Chairman of the Nationalist Government, making him both the head of state and head of government of the Republic of China. Later on the same day, Chiang reluctantly agreed to stop the fighting against communist forces in China and turn his full attention to the Japanese. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | CPC]
France
  • Elements of the French I Corps supported by the Royal Navy launch Operation Vésuve to link up with Corsica Partisans with the aim of cutting off the retreating German troops evacuating from Sardinia (90th Panzergrenadier Division and Reichsführer-SS assault infantry brigade) transiting via Corsica. ww2dbase [AC]
Hawaii Italy
  • German troops near Salerno, Italy launched a counter offensive against the recent Allied landings, striking at the region near Battipaglia, pushing US units back toward the beach, and re-capturing Altavilla 14 kilometers northeast of Paestum by nightfall. Allied leadership began to prepare, but did not execute, evacuation plans. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | TH, CPC]
Japan
  • USS Harder attacked a Japanese convoy off Japan (both torpedoes missed) and was detected by Japanese aircraft, which led to a two-hour depth charge attack. ww2dbase [Harder | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Snook sank Japanese transport Yamato Maru in the East China Sea with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Snook | CPC]
  • USS Permit continued to attack the Japanese convoy she had been attacking since the previous date west of the Marshall Islands, damaging a light cruiser and sinking an oiler; 5 torpedoes were expended during the attack. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands
  • USS Wahoo departed Midway Atoll, starting her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Wahoo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Sep 1943
US Army infantrymen fighting in the jungles of Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands, 13 Sep 1943German troops and R75 motorcycle deployed in support of the Gran Sasso raid to free Benito Mussolini, Abruzzo, Italy, 13 Sep 1943

13 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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