5 Feb 1943
  • USS Permit began her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini personally took over the Italian Foreign Ministry after firing his son-in-law Galeazzo Ciano. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Japan Mediterranean Sea
  • HMS Stronsay (T 178) under command of T/Lt. Arthur Fredrick Boumphrey, RNVR stuck a mine and sank in the western Mediterranean Sea off Philippeville, north-eastern Algeria. The trawler was on minesweeping patrol at the time. The mines had been laid by the German 3. S-boote Flottille. It had been thought that the trawler had been torpedoed by the Italian submarine Avorio, which had been operating in the area, but subsequent investigation shows that she arrived at the spot 24 hours after Stronsay was lost. Arthur Boumphrey survived and went on the command the MS trawler HMS Benbecula (T 379) until the end of the war. ww2dbase [AC, HM]
United Kingdom
  • Air Marshal John. C. Slessor was appointed Air officer Commanding (AOC) of RAF Coastal Command. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, commanding officer of US 1st Marine Division, was decorated with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | AC]

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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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"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944