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16 Oct 1943
  • More than 1,000 Italian Jews from Rome were sent to Auschwitz Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • As General Nikolai Vatutin started his attack to break out of the Bukrin bridgehead near Kiev, Ukraine, Marshal Ivan Konev attacked to cut off the German 1.Panzer Division on the Dneiper River. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Mingo fired a spread of six torpedoes at a Japanese carrier, claiming two hits. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten named William Slim the commanding officer of the new 14th Army. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Sama (now Sanya), Hainan, China. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
China Hawaii
  • USS Sunfish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Sunfish (Gato-class) | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The US Ninth Air Force was reformed with its headquarters at RAF Bushey Hall in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. It was charged with gaining air superiority and destroying the German Army forces in their front lines as well as their lines of communications. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1943
B-25D B-25D Sir Andrew Cunningham, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry Hewitt, and Walter Bedell Smith at Allied Forces Headquarters in Hotel St. George, Algiers, Algeria, 16 Oct 1943.

16 Oct 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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