2 Nov 1943
  • USS Scorpion completed a reconnaissance mission of Farallon de Pajoras island, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Seahorse sank Japanese cargo ships Chihaya Maru and Ume Maru south of Japan; nine torpedoes were expended during this attack, seven of which hit. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • One of the ten sections of USS ABSD-1 sank at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides during assembly, killing 13. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops occupied the undefended Chinese city of Changde. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Austria
  • The US 15th Air Force made its operational debut when 139 B-17 and B-24 bombers operating from Tunisian bases (and escorted on part of the route by P-38 Lightning aircraft) attacked the Messerschmitt subsidiary at Wiener-Neustadt in occupied Austria. The attack caused heavy damage to the plant and deprived the Luftwaffe of an estimated 250 Bf 109G-6 deliveries over the next two months. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Princeton launched two sorties against Japanese positions on Bougainville, Solomon Islands in support of the landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Saratoga launched two sorties against Japanese positions on Bougainville, Solomon Islands in support of the landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Four Japanese cruisers and six destroyers sortied out of Rabaul, New Britain to attack the US Marine invasion of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. 75 B-25 bombers escorted by 80 P-38 fighters attacked this fleet just out of Rabaul, damaging cruiser Hajuro, damaging cruiser Myoko, sinking one submarine chaser, destroying 18 aircraft, damaging destroyer Shirasuyu, and damaging a number of smaller vessels; the Americans lost 8 B-25 and 9 P-38 aircraft in combat, plus more to be written off due to battle damage. The Japanese fleet, sailing at a reduced speed, engaged American warships at 0230 hours in Empress Augusta Bay. The Americans struck first, scattering the Japanese formation, but the Japanese were able to regroup and forced the American ships to withdraw. Though the action was inconclusive, the Japanese failed to disrupt American operations on Bougainville. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
Italy
  • Allied troops reached the German defensive Barbara Line in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Malaya and Singapore
  • Lim Bo Seng arrived in Malaya aboard Dutch submarine O 24. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • 1,870 Jews from labor camp in Szopienice, Katowice, Poland arrived at Auschwitz. 463 men and 28 women were registered into the camp; the rest were sent to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Nov 1943
Montpelier firing her guns during the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, night of 1-2 Nov 1943Map noting American naval operations off Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 31 Oct-2 Nov 1943USAAF 3rd Bomb Group aircraft attacking Haguro and other ships in Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943, photo 2 of 2Haguro under air attack by USAAF 3rd Bomb Group, Simpson Harbor, Rabaul, New Britain, 2 Nov 1943
See all photos dated 2 Nov 1943

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

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