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12 Oct 1943
  • USS Cero attacked a Japanese convoy consisted of three freighters escorted by two destroyers, damaging one freighter; nine torpedoes were expended. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • An Allied convoy sailing through the planned path of USS Dorado reported no submarine contacts. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 250th Infantry Division of Spanish volunteers began to be pulled from the front lines two days after Franco ordered their return. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 8 squadrons of bombers launched from Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua, with escorting US and Australian fighters, attacked Rapopo Airfield, Vunakanau Airfield, and Tobera Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. The Allies lost 3 B-24, 1 B-25, and 1 Beaufighter aircraft. The Japanese suffered eight damaged ships (transport Tsukushi, oiler Naruto, destroyer Mochizuki, destroyer Minazuki, destroyer Tachikaze, submarine I-7, submarine I-80, and submarine RO-105), six transports sunk, 4 A6M aircraft destroyed, 9 A6M aicraft damaged, and some fuel dumps destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands French West Africa
  • Lorraine arrived at Dakar, French West Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • US Fifth Army launched a second offensive on the Volturno River, Italy. Albert Kesselring ordered German troops on the Volturno Line to fall back to the Barbara Line. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Nos. 132, 184, and 602 Squadrons RAF were transferred out of RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Oct 1943
Japanese-American soldier of US 100th Infantry Battalion on reconnaissance during mock maneuvers, Italy, 12 Oct 1943Japanese-American BAR gunner of US 100th Infantry Battalion taking position during mock maneuvers, Italy, 12 Oct 1943Japanese-American soldiers of the US 100th Infantry Battalion taking position behind an embankment during mock maneuvers, Italy, 12 Oct 1943

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

12 Oct 1943 Interactive Map




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