17 Feb 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Lexington (Essex-class) was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American forces east of Kasserine Pass, Tunisia retreated into the pass. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder became AOC-in-C Mediterranean Air Command with responsibility for all air operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived at the headquarters of German Army Group South. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo declared readiness for her next war patrol while at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Legendary Russian fighter pilot Lydia Litvak (The White Rose of Stalingrad) was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Haddock arrived at Midway, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Feb 1943
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States and Song Meiling of the Republic of China, Washington DC, United States, 17 Feb 1943On the day of her commissioning, USS Lexington (Essex-class) makes slow headway through the icy waters of Boston harbor, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 17 Feb 1943.

17 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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