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4 Oct 1943
  • Construction began for the first nuclear reactor at the Hanford Site of the Manhattan Project in Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | CPC]
  • German forces captured Kos in the Dodecanese Islands. ww2dbase [Dodecanese Campaign | TH]
  • The French occupation of Corsica was completed. ww2dbase [TH]
Australia British Western Pacific Territories
  • Gregory Boyington led 8 US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 F4U fighters to escort USAAF bombers over Kahili Airfield on Bougainville island; US Army Air Forces also launched P-38 fighters for escort duty. Boyington claimed 3 Japanese shot down while the USAAF claimed 4 more. Japanese records would later reveal that only 1 fighter was shot down and 2 were written off from heavy damage. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Kahili Airfield | Buin, Bougainville | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • German 16th Panzer Division attacked the newly gained bridgehead on the Biferno River near Termoli, Italy on the eastern end of the Volturno Line. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | Termoli, Molise | CPC]
  • Irako departed Yokosuka, Japan as a part of convoy No. 3002 with Tokyo Maru, escorted by destroyer Shiratsuyu. ww2dbase [Irako | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • The American aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, despatched her air group to attack German shipping at Bodø, Norway. The Ranger's Dauntless and Avenger aircraft sank or damaged ten ships for the loss of five aircraft. This action would be the only carrier strike to be conducted by the US Navy in Northern European waters. ww2dbase [Ranger | Bodø, Nordland | AC]
  • Heinrich Himmler talked openly about the Final Solution at a meeting in Posen, Reichsgau Wartheland, Germany (Poznan, occupied Poland), noting that he cared little about the livelihood of Czechoslovakians, Russians, and other peoples in occupied Eastern Europe since the conquered people were mere slaves to Germany. He warned his lieutenant, however, that this task would not be written in history despite its importance in German history. ww2dbase [Heinrich Himmler | Poznan | CPC]
  • Marcel Albert, flying a Yak-9 fighter, shot down a Hs 126 aircraft over Krasny, Smolensk, Russia. ww2dbase [Krasny, Smolensk | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 4 Oct 1943
German Army General Kurt Schmidt at his son Günter Werner Schmidt

4 Oct 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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