5 Feb 1943
  • USS Permit began her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini personally took over the Italian Foreign Ministry after firing his son-in-law Galeazzo Ciano. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | Rome | TH]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 10th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Sasebo, Japan and began a period of refitting. ww2dbase [Nachi | Sasebo, Nagasaki | CPC]
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 [White House | Alexander Vandegrift | Washington | AC]

5 Feb 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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