8 Oct 1943
  • USS Hoe searched for down American airmen in the Wake Island area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 17 US bombers attacked Vegesack, Bremen, Germany. Two B-24 bombers were lost, with pilot William Clifford's crew lost entirely and pilot John Buschman's crew mostly captured. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Major General Charles Barrett died in the US military hospital at Nouméa, New Caledonia just three weeks after taking command of I Amphibious Corps. His predecessor, Major General Alexander Vandegrift, was hastily recalled to take over until a new corps commander could be appointed. ww2dbase [AC]
Burma
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Kimikaze", shot down a P-38 fighters and three B-24 bombers over Rangoon, Burma, increasing his score to 48. He was seriously wounded in combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Robert Johnson shot down a German Fw 190 aircraft over Lingen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Harder arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Snook arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Kure, Japan to escort carrier Ryuho to Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British merchant ship Ocean Strength arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom with a supply of iron ore and captured German Tiger I heavy tank "131". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Texas began escorting an Allied convoy from New York, New York, United States to Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Oct 1943
African-American Women

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

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