23 Feb 1943
  • 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 [Battle of Kasserine Pass | 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 [Yekaterina Budanova | 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 [Trillium | CPC]
  • German submarine U-603 sank Norwegian merchant ship Glittre in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Dianthus rescued 34 survivors of Norwegian merchant ship Glittre in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Dianthus | CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak was awarded the Order of the Red Star and was promoted to the rank of junior lieutenant. ww2dbase [Lydia Litvyak | CPC]
  • Submarine USS Growler entered South Brisbane Drydock for more extensive repairs to her damaged bow. ww2dbase [Growler | Brisbane, Queensland | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Harusame at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Poland Photo(s) dated 23 Feb 1943
Alexandros Sakellariou (left) and Captain A. Golemis (right) aboard cruiser Giorgios Averoff, Port Said, Egypt, 23 Feb 1943Alexandros Sakellariou aboard cruiser Giorgios Averoff, Port Said, Egypt, 23 Feb 1943

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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