1 Mar 1943
  • Cruiser Köln was taken out of service and would remain so for one year. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-530 was assigned to the 10. Unterseebootflottille (10th Submarine Flotilla). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine ShCh-205 was awarded guard ship status. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops began falling back from the Rzhev area in Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Heinz Guderian was appointed Inspector-General of Armoured Troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • US Marine Corps established its first medium bomber squadron, Marine Bomber Squadron 413, at Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Northern Group of the Chindits reached Zibyutaungdan, Burma and began to move into the Mu valley. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak shot down a German Fw 190 fighter while flying a Yak-1 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Nikolai Kamanin stepped down as the commanding officer of 292nd Air Division; he was succeeded by Filipp Agaltsov. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS Greenling dropped off Australian and New Britain natives at Cape Orford, New Britain. They were to serve as coast watchers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese convoy Operation 81 (consisted of 6 transports, 1 old navy supply ship, and 1 small freighter, carrying a total of 6,600 troops) departed Rabaul, New Britain. The convoy was discovered by Lieutenant Walt Higgins' B-24 patrol along the northern coast of New Britain at 1500 hours; 7 B-17 bombers were dispatched to attack, but they failed to locate the convoy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Hawaii
  • George Kenney and Richard Sutherland met with Chester Nimitz in Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Marine Fighting Squadron 215 (VMF-215; Model F4U-1) on board. Marine Fighting Squadron 222 (VMF-222; Model F4U-1) on board. Aviation Operations bldg. usably complete. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Newfoundland
  • The 9,283-ton Dutch steam merchant ship Madoera, damaged by German submarine U-653 five days prior, reached St. John's, Newfoundland after navigating through an ice field. ww2dbase [HM]
Russia
  • Allied convoy RA-53 departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia; it was consisted of 30 freighters and was escorted by 31 warships. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The American Jewish Congress sponsored an event at the Madison Square Garden in New York City where 20,000 people gathered and called for Allied and neutral nations to provide sanctuaries for refugees and called for the United States and United Kingdom (ie. the British mandate of Palestine) to relax immigration restrictions. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Mar 1943
BT-13 on a runway at Minter Field, California, United States, 1 Mar 1943Troops of Soviet 144th Division on the move northwest of Vyazma, Russia, 1 Mar 1943; note ZiS-3 field gun barely visible, being towed by the horsesCaptured German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus at Red Army headquarters in Stalingrad shortly after his surrender, 1 Mar 1943

1 Mar 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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