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23 Sep 1943
  • Red Army captured Poltava, Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Joseph Goebbels visited Adolf Hitler at Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany. The two had dinner together, during which Adolf Hitler shared his belief that Winston Churchill would not be willing to consider peace offers coming from Germany. ww2dbase [Joseph Goebbels | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas departed Brisbane, Australia escorting evacuation transport USS Rochambeau bound for Noum√©a, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Two Norwegian vessels, the 5,096-ton merchant ship Skjelbred in ballast and the 2,642-ton ship Oregon Express were torpedoed by German submarine U-238 (Horst Hemp) south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland. U-238 had fired at the convoy ON 202 and claimed four ships sunk. The steering gear of the Skjelbred was put out of action and an attempt to set up an emergency rudder was halted when the escorting ship HMS Northern Foam ordered the crew to abandon her. The master, Torjus Emil Johnsen and 37 crew members with five gunners left the vessel, which was last seen in a sinking condition. The captain later stated that Skjelbred, being capable of 16-17 knots, should not have been placed in such a slow convoy. The Oregon Express also in ballast was hit on the starboard side in the engine room. The explosion killed one man on the bridge and two on watch below and blew others overboard. The survivors among the 41 crew members and four gunners on board tried to abandon ship in the only two lifeboats that remained intact, but one became filled with water and the other contained only a few men. The most survivors had to jump overboard when the ship broke in two and sank within three minutes. Both lifeboats fished others out of the water until 25 men were in the boats, while eleven rescued themselves on a raft that had floated free, including the injured master. ww2dbase [HM]
  • Ermland was discovered and bombed by Allied aircraft, breaking in two, off Nantes, France. ww2dbase [Ermland | CPC]
France Hong Kong
  • 73 Canadian internees, 13 Latin American internees, and 24 American internees of Stanley Internment Camp were brought out of Hong Kong aboard passenger ship Teia Maru; they were to be transported to Goa, where an internee exchange with the Allies was to take place. ww2dbase [Stanley Prison and St Stephen's College | CPC]
Italy Japan
  • USS Harder sank freighter Kowa Maru and tanker Daishin Maru off Nagoya Bay, Japan, hitting each with one torpedo; six torpedoes were expended in this attack. ww2dbase [Harder | CPC]
Lithuania Marshall Islands
  • Shokaku departed Eniwetok, Marshall Islands for Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Eniwetok | CPC]
  • Colonel Pyotr P. Timofeev was named the Soviet counterintelligence agency GUKR SMERSH's chief within the Steppe Front. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • King George VI cabled Chiang Kaishek, informing the Chinese leader that Louis Mountbatten would soon be dispatched to Chinese to discuss an Anglo-American-Chinese joint offensive against Japanese forces in Burma. ww2dbase [George VI | London, England | CPC]
  • Air Marshal Arthur Harris despatched a bomber raid to Berlin, Germany to test the effectiveness of the H2S navigation system over the city and to probe German defences before the first major operation was undertaken. ww2dbase [Arthur Harris | Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | England | AC]
United States
  • USS Gar entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States for overhaul. ww2dbase [Gar | Mare Island Navy Yard | Vallejo, California | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Brill was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Brill | Electric Boat Company | Groton, Connecticut | CPC]
  • Task Group 21.14 (TG 21.14) was reformed at Norfolk, Virginia as an anti-submarine Hunter-Killer group centered around escort carrier USS Card with the TBF Avengers and F4F Wildcats of Composite Squadron VC-9 embarked and with escorts of Clemson-class destroyers USS Barry, Goff, and Borie. TG 21.14 departed Norfolk bound for the Central Atlantic that same day. ww2dbase [Norfolk Navy Yard | Card | Norfolk, Virginia | DS]
Photo(s) dated 23 Sep 1943
African-American MS2c Percy Hope, S1c Lilton Walker, and SC1c Jack Kelsen of USN 34th Construction Battalion trading with natives of Malaita at Halavo, Florida Island, Solomon Islands, 23 Sep 1943German troops of Großdeutschland Division firing a 2.8 cm sPzB 41 anti-tank gun aboard a SdKfz. 250/10 half-track vehicle on the northern Eastern Front, 23 Sep 1943Captain Roscoe Bowman aboard USS Corregidor, 23 Sep 1943Private Paul Oglesby of US 30th Infantry Regiment standing before an altar in a damaged Catholic Church at Acerno, Italy, 23 Sep 1943

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