16 Jan 1943

  • USS Wahoo conducted sonar tests in Moreton Bay near Brisbane, Australia. Later on the same day, she departed friendly waters for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Wahoo | Brisbane, Queensland | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Submarine USS Growler torpedoed and sank the 5,857-ton cargo ship Chifuki Maru 11 miles north of Waton Island between New Britain and New Ireland in the Bismarck Islands. Growler then endured an intense depth charge attack. ww2dbase [Growler | Bismarck Sea | DS]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a P-40 fighter over Yunnan Province, China, his 15th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Yunnan | CPC]
Germany Iraq
  • Iraq declared war on the Axis powers. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Shokaku's assignment was shifted from Main Unit, Mobile Force to the Maintenance Force, Mobile Force. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
New Caledonia
  • Destroyer USS Shaw entered Auxiliary Repair Dock ARD-2 for underwater inspection. ww2dbase [Shaw | Nouméa | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired six torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Solomon Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Grayback | Solomon Sea | CPC]
Russia United States Photo(s) dated 16 Jan 1943
T-34 tank and infantry of Soviet 12th Armored Corps in Rossosh, Russia, 16 Jan 1943

16 Jan 1943 Interactive Map

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

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