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30 Oct 1943
  • The keel of submarine Sea Cat was laid down at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Sea Cat | CPC]
  • HMT Gulland was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Gulland | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho arrived at Sama (now Sanya), Hainan, China. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
  • Submarine Runner was struck from the US Naval Register. ww2dbase [Runner (Gato-class) | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank a small Japanese vessel with her deck gun south of Japan. ww2dbase [Seahorse | CPC]
  • A report from German Commander-in-Chief, West Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt appeared on Adolf Hitler's desk. It described the shabby situation on the English Channel coast in France. Consequently Field Marshal Erwin Rommel would be despached by the German High Command to insect the Atlantic Wall defences and to submit a report. ww2dbase [Gerd von Rundstedt | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • TBF-1 Avenger from escort carrier USS Card flown by Lt(jg) Fryatt sighted a German submarine on the surface in the mid-Atlantic. He reported that he “attacked as submarine submerged and sank it.” No German submarine was lost on this date in this area and there is no report of a similar attack (but within two days, two different U-Boats were lost almost on this spot so the attack could have been against one of these who had no chance to file a report about it). ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | Card | TBF Avenger | DS]
Australia Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Rabaul, New Britain to reinforce Rabaul. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii United Kingdom
  • Jean Knox stepped down as the director of the British Auxiliary Territorial Service. ww2dbase [Jean Knox | England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1943
WAVES disembarking from a barge at Naval Air Station, Anacostia, Washington, DC, United States, 30 Oct 1943Aviation Radioman 1st Class E. L. Feehan, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class S. J. Pocotny, and Lieutenant Commander J. J. Lynch aboard USS Coral Sea, 30 Oct 1943Aviation Radioman 2nd Class S. Bleier, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class H. R. Thompson, and Lieutenant R. S. Evarts aboard USS Coral Sea, 30 Oct 1943Lieutenant R. S. Evarts posing with a TBF Avenger aircraft aboard USS Coral Sea, 30 Oct 1943
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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