2 Aug 1943
  • In spite of Hitler's "stand fast" order, Manstein implemented a flexible defense, which allowed the Germans to repel heavy Soviet attacks near Izyum and along the Mius River in Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US Navy torpedo boat PT-109, commanded by Lieutenant (jg) John F. Kennedy, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagiri in the Blackett Strait between Kolombangara and Arundel in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Overnight, Hamburg, Germany suffered its ninth and final raid in eight days as 740 RAF bombers attacked; 30 of the bombers were shot down. By this time Hamburg had lost as many civilians as Britain had in the entire air war. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Hawaii
  • USS Wahoo departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • The P.119 prototype fighter was damaged in a landing accident. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp's special camp for Roma people was liquidated; 2,897 prisoners were gassed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • 200 Jews revolted in Treblinka concentration camp in Poland, burning down several buildings, and attempted to escape; camp guards found and killed most of them. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS Gunnel began a period of overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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