18 Oct 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese escort carrier in the Western Pacific, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian Jews from Rome began to be deported to concentration camps. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Louis Mountbatten met with Chiang Kaishek for the first time. Chiang was 15 minutes late to the meeting; in retaliation, Mountbatten purposefully spent a long time shifting through his attaché case for various documents during the meeting. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 77 B-24 bombers from Port Moresby, Australian Papua made rendezvous with 55 P-38 fighters over Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain; a separate group of 54 B-25 bombers, modified for strafing, flew for Rabaul separately. Poor weather would force the first group to cancel its mission, but the B-25 bombers proceeded without fighter escort. They heavily damaged Japanese submarine chaser CH-23, lightly damaged transport Johore Maru, and shot down 8 Japanese fighters (3 additional fighters were lost on landings); the Japanese shot down many B-25 bombers. Subsequent investigation on why the B-25 bombers proceeded despite having no escorts would find no faults. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • 3 divisions of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214, led by Gregory Boyington, attacked Ballale Airfield in the Shortland Islands. Later in the day, the same 3 divisions joined VMF-221 in the attack of Kahili Airfield on Bougainville island. 22 Japanese fighters rose to defend Kahili. US airmen claimed 14 Japanese aircraft shot down with 6 probables. Japanese records later revealed the loss of 4 aircraft in combat, 1 heavily damaged and written off, and 3 lightly damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USAAF B-29 bombers attacked Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [TH]
China Hawaii
  • USS Hoe arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS Flier was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander John D. Crowley in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Oct 1943
Young off Charleston, SC, 18 Oct 1943Wedding portrait of Prince Morihiro of Higashikuni and Shigeko, the Princess Teru, 18 Oct 1943

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

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