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17 Oct 1943
  • USS Puffer arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Army Colonel Lewis Pick assumed command of the Allied road building effort in India and Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The F-5 aircraft flown by Lieutenant William Southard, escorted by two P-38 fighters, conducted a photographic reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 56 A6M fighters attacked Dobodura Airfield and Oro Bay in Australian Papua; 43 P-38 and 3 P-40 fighters rose to defend. The Japanese lost 8 A6M fighters and the Americans lost 4 P-38 and 1 P-40 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps squadrons VMF-214 and VMF-221 conducted a fighter sweep over Kahili Airfield on Bougainville island in the morning. More than 30 A6M fighters of Japanese Navy Air Group 201 rose to defend. VMF-214 pilots would claim 9 Japanese aircraft shot down, while VMF-221 claimed 2; Japanese records would later reveal that only 2 aircraft were lost on this day. The Japanese pilots claimed 3 US aircraft shot down, but the Americans only suffered 2 aircraft lightly damaged and 1 aircraft heavily damaged and written off after its return. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Burma
  • The two sections of the infamous Burma railway met south of the Three Pagodas Pass. Most of the Allied prisoners of war were then transferred to Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Yamato sortied from Truk to Brown Atoll, Eniwetok in response to radio traffic that suggested a potential American strike on Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Shokaku sortied from Truk, Caroline Islands to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands with Combined Fleet under Admiral Koga's command in response to US Task Force 16 carrier raids on Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: About 0010, a small float-type monoplane was picked up by the searchlight of NAS, Barber's Point. The plane, presumably a Japanese reconnaissance plane, attempted to dodge the searchlights, and sped out to sea at a low altitude [an E14Y "Glen" floatplane was launched from submarine I-36 120 miles south-southwest of Oahu and failed to return]. One staff officer of Task Group 19.13 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | DS]
United Kingdom
  • The British 42nd Armoured Division was disbanded; its infantry formations being assigned to the 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division and its armoured formations to the 79th Armoured Division. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • The civilian Roane-Anderson Company, a subsidiary of the Turner Construction Company, took over the responsibility of administering the community in Tennessee, United States in which the workers at Site X of the Manhattan Project resided. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1943
Two wrecked Japanese Daihatsu-class landing craft at Scarlet Beach, Finschhafen, New Guinea, 17 Oct 1943, photo 1 of 2Two wrecked Japanese Daihatsu-class landing craft at Scarlet Beach, Finschhafen, New Guinea, 17 Oct 1943, photo 2 of 2Wounded German prisoner of war near the Volturno River, Italy, 17 Oct 1943

17 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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