6 Feb 1943
  • USS Tunny patrolled off Shantou, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of escort carrier Wake Island was laid down in Vancouver, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Wilkinson Sword Limited received renewed contracts to produce more Fairbairn-Sykes commando daggers; they would be the firm's final government contracts of the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Brazil, which was already at war with Germany and Italy, now declared war upon Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS S-28 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler met with Erich von Manstein at Rastenberg, East Prussia, Germany. The Field Marshal had been flown 900 miles from Donetsk, Ukraine to the Führer's Wolfsschanze headquarters in Hitler's personal Focke-Wulf Fw200 V3 "Immelmann III". At the four hour conference, only five days after the surrender at Stalingrad, Russia, the Army Group South commander persuaded Hitler to allow him to retreat to the River Mius. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS Finback arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese transport in the Sunharon Roadstead off Tinian, Mariana Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. After sundown, she attacked a destroyer in the same area; the 1 torpedo fired missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS S-44 departed Naval Base Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • All female prisoners at Auschwitz Concentration Camp were gathered for a general roll call at 0330 hours then marched outside the camp. They were kept outdoors until 1700 hours, then were ordered to run back to the camp, prodded by swinging clubs. About 1,000 women died during this forced march. Those who were not able to keep up but survived were rounded up and sent to block 25 in the BIa sector of the camp, from which location they would later be transported to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Feb 1943
African-American US Merchant Marine sailors R. C. Woods, A. M. Mulzac, W. B. Shepard, and S. O

6 Feb 1943 Interactive Map

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