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22 Oct 1943
  • USS Cod arrived departed Brisbane, Australia on her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • During an RAF raid on Kassel, Germany, the RAF began Operation Corona to jam German night-fighter communications. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • HMS Orfasy was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-68 off Freetown, Sierra Leone, British West Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Louis Mountbatten met with William Slim for the first time at Barrackpore in eastern India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Army Air Forces 70th Bombardment Squadron of 38th Bombardment Group, equipped with B-25 medium bombers, was transferred out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies French Indochina Germany
  • Over Kassel, Germany, the Lancaster bomber aboard which Roberts Dunstan was a crew member was damaged by two incendiary bombs dropped by a friendly Lancaster bomber flying higher above; although the bomber was further damaged by German nightfighters, it was able to return to Britain, crash landing at Bisham, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • The dam at the Möhnesee reservoir in western Germany was largely repaired. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]
  • Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Hurworth was sunk after striking a mine in the Aegean Sea whilst going to the aid of the Greek destroyer Adrias which had been severely damaged by a mine that day. The ship broke in half, the fore part sinking in three minutes and the after part in eight. 134 officers and men were lost. ww2dbase [AC]
  • U-537 arrived in Martin Bay, Labrador, Newfoundland and began establishing Weather Station Kurt under the direction of meteorologist Kurt Sommermeyer. Meanwhile, crew members of the submarine repaired damage caused by a storm days earlier. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank converted light cruiser Awata Maru in the East China Sea, hitting her with 4 of 6 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Block 11 of Auschwitz I concentration camp held a trial that sentenced 76 men and 19 women to death; they had been transferred from the prison in Myslowitz. The trial was presided by the new head of the Kattowitz Gestapo, SS-Obersturbanfuehrer Johannes Thümmler, who was never punished after the war and passed away in old age in May 2002. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British Brigadier R. E. Laycock, DSO was appointed Chief of Combined Operations in succession to Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Oct 1943
Written orders to the crew of USS Essex from Captain Donald B Duncan alerting crewmembers to the upcoming Line Crossing Ceremony, 22 Oct 1943Type IXC/40 submarine U-537 at anchor in Martin Bay, Labrador, Dominion of Newfoundland (now Canada) on 22 Oct 1943. Crewmen can be seen on deck offloading components of Weather Station Kurt into rubber rafts.Inflatable rubber rafts on the after deck of German U-537 in Martin Bay, Labrador, Dominion of Newfoundland (now Canada) on 22 Oct 1943. The rafts were used to take pieces of Weather Station Kurt ashore to the Hutton Peninsula.Type IXC/40 submarine U-537 at anchor in Martin Bay, Labrador, Dominion of Newfoundland (now Canada) on 22 Oct 1943. The photo is taken from the site of Weather Station Kurt on the Hutton Peninsula.
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