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14 Oct 1943
  • Oberleutnant Walter Nowotny, Commanding officer of the I/JG54 group, became the first pilot in the world to achieve 250 kills, for which feat he would receive Germany's second highest award, Diamonds to his Knight's Cross medal, awarded to him by Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Pompon attacked a Japanese oiler in the Gulf of Siam; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Pompon | CPC]
  • German troops cleared the Zaporozhe bridgehead, retreating across the Dneiper River in southern Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Submarine Segundo was laid down. ww2dbase [Segundo | CPC]
  • Natoma Bay was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Natoma Bay | CPC]
  • Canberra (Baltimore-class) was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Canberra (Baltimore-class) | CPC]
  • USS Dorado failed to arrive at the Panama Canal Zone, and aircraft were launched to search, without success, for the submarine. Early suggestions that she was sunk in error by a US Mariner aircraft was later concluded as incorrect, and it seemed likely that her loss was attributable to an unknown accident on board or to a German naval mine. ww2dbase [Dorado | AC, CPC]
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  • USS Grayback sank a Japanese passenger-cargo ship in the East China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | East China Sea | CPC]
  • Japan declared the independence of the Philippines. As with other territories however the independence was nominal and civil freedoms muted. ww2dbase [AC]
Poland United States Photo(s) dated 14 Oct 1943
A United States Navy photographer in the gondola of a K-class airship based at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States, 14 Oct 1943.Damaged TBF Avenger aboard USS Coral Sea, 14 Oct 1943; it had crashed into a line of TBF aircraft during landing three days priorCanberra underway, Boston harbor, Massachusetts, United States, 14 Oct 1943, photo 4 of 4Canberra underway, Boston harbor, Massachusetts, United States, 14 Oct 1943, photo 3 of 4
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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