9 Feb 1943
  • USS Gar began her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Runner attacked a Japanese transport and an escorting destroyer in the western Pacific; she claimed the sinking of a Japanese transport, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied authorities declared Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands secure after Japan evacuated its remaining forces from the island. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet troops recaptured Belgorod, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The first Chindit operation began. Brigadier Orde Wingate took a force of 3,000 troops into Burma to conduct a guerrilla-style campaign behind Japanese lines. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • On Ambon Island in eastern Indonesia, the Japanese beheaded 85 Australian and Dutch prisoners. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Shoe rationing went into effect in the United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Erica (Lieutenant A. C. C. Charles Cuthbert Seligman) was mined and sunk whilst escorting a convoy from Benghazi, Libya to Alexandria, Egypt. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Chinese leaders Song Ziwen and He Yingqin, British leaders Archibald Wavell and John Dill, and American leaders Henry Arnold, Joseph Stilwell, Clayton Bissell, and Brehon Somervell met in Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Kenney ordered a series of strong night attacks on Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Army 72nd Fighter Squadron, consisting of 21 aircraft (Model P-40K), with a compliment of 25 officers and 229 men, departed for Bellows Field. The 19th Fighter Squadron arrived on board, with 32 aircraft (Model P-40F), 26 officers and 238 men. Note: the 72nd Fighter Squadron and its successor, the 19th Fighter Squadron, were on a constant alert status. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Mediterranean Sea
  • The first of seven Axis convoys left Italy with reinforcements bound for Tunisia but British aircraft from Malta, submarines, and minefields took a heavy toll. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • During the night, Canadian corvette Regina located and sank the Italian submarine Avorio (Lieutenant Leone Fiorentini) off Philippeville, Algeria. ww2dbase [HM]
  • USS Tunny fired torpedoes on a Japanese convoy in the Taiwan Strait, damaging one transport with two torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy RA-52 arrived at Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The US Naval Dry Docks, Roosevelt Base was established near Los Angeles, California, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Feb 1943
Abandoned German Marder III tank destroyer in North Africa, 9 Feb 1943, photo 1 of 2Abandoned German Marder III tank destroyer in North Africa, 9 Feb 1943, photo 2 of 2F2A-2 Buffalo fighter at rest, NACA Langley Research Center, Hampton Virginia, United States, 9 Feb 1943

9 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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