23 Feb 1943
  • HMS Dianthus rescued 34 survivors of Norwegian merchant ship Glittre in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMCS Trillium rescued 58 survivors of US merchant ship Chattanooga City and 53 survivors of US merchant ship Expositor, both of which were sunk by German submarine U-606 in the North Atlantic on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US carrier aircraft attacked Japanese installations in the Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Erwin Rommel ordered his forces in western Tunisia to move east to avoid being attacked on both sides. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German U-boats using acoustic homing torpedoes sank seven tankers in a North Atlantic convoy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Yekaterina Budanova was awarded the Order of the Red Star. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-603 sank Norwegian merchant ship Glittre in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak was awarded the Order of the Red Star and was promoted to the rank of junior lieutenant. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Japanese Navy Yokosuka 7th Special Naval Landing Force disembarked 1,807 men at Kolombangara, New Georgia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Hawaii
  • USS Wahoo departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Armory turned over to station. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Germans brought 39 Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz II-Birkenau to Block 20 of Auschwitz I in occupied Poland. These prisoners, aged 13 to 17, were killed by phenol injections administered by SS-Unterscharführer Herbert Scherpe in the evening. These prisoners were originally from the Zamosc region of Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]

23 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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