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21 Sep 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • The southern portion of the German defensive Panther Line was breached when Red Army units crossed the Dneiper River near Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Picking was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Picking | CPC]
  • German troops attacked and killed thousands of troops of Italian Acqui Division, which had refused to surrender, on Cephalonia, Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Naka | Wotje | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese ship in the Celebes Sea; all four torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Bluefish | Celebes Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Kingsley Wood, suddenly died (age 62) at his London Home on the morning he was due to announce his new Pay As You Earn taxation scheme to Parliament. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • The US State Department informed the manager of Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States that the Vichy French internees currently residing at the hotel would soon be transferred out. ww2dbase [Hotel Hershey | Hershey, Pennsylvania | CPC]
  • The newly-formed US Army 1688th Detachment set sail aboard passenger ship SS Loraine out of San Francisco, California, United States for India via Sidney and Fremantle in Australia. ww2dbase [San Francisco, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Sep 1943
Leo Hermle, Alexander Vandegrift, and Julian Smith looking at a Newsmap, New Zealand, 21 Sep 1943United States Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox greeting Naval officers aboard USS Ranger at Scapa Flow, Scotland, 21 Sep 1943.

21 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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