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]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Japanese Navy Yokosuka 7th Special Naval Landing Force disembarked 1,807 men at Kolombangara, New Georgia. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Harusame at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Armory turned over to station. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | DS]
  • USS Wahoo departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
Poland
  • 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-Unterscharf?hrer Herbert Scherpe in the evening. These prisoners were originally from the Zamosc region of Poland. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Auschwitz Concentration Camp | CPC]
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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