7 Mar 1943
  • Douglas MacArthur issued a communiqué to USAAF squadrons in the South Pacific to congratulate them for the overwhelming success at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • US Liberty Ship J. L. M. Curry of Allied convoy RA-53 broke in two in a storm. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Sailing from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom to New York, New York, United States in ballast, the 3,105-ton Norwegian motor merchant Jamaica was torpedoed by German submarine U-221 (Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Hartwig Trojer) at 1227 hours. The torpedo struck the refrigerated hold amidships breaking the vessel in two, both halves sinking within two minutes. 4 lifeboats were launched but owing to damaged only 2 of them were serviceable, the motor boat which had gone under with the ship surfaced, was righted and bailed out, 13 survivors getting into it. A gig held another 4 and as the submarine came in closer to question the crew and hit one of the lifeboats throwing all the occupants into the sea. The 3rd Engineer was picked up by the submarine crew who had then allowed him to swim back to another boat, another crewman however, was taken prisoner and later jumped overboard from the submarine and was drowned. Survivors were picked up by HMS Borage on 18 Mar 1943 after being spotted by a Flying Fortress aircraft on 9 Mar 1943. 21 of the crew were lost. There was controversy over the actions of the submarine, the Norwegians all testified that it had deliberately rammed the lifeboat and rendered it useless, and had thrown the 3rd Engineer, Odd A. Ernstsen back into the sea after taking his life jacket. The log of the submarine had an entry about the other crewman: "22.15 General quarters for exercise. The captured Englishman [sic] has the believe that we are about to attack a destroyer and jumps into the water after I had him brought up on the bridge to get some fresh air. He had already expressed this intention previously several times." If the man was English, then he must have been one of the two radio operators. Trojer had also been involved in the ramming of another submarine when on 8 Dec 1942, his boat accidentally rammed U-254 while the boats were on convoy operations in the North Atlantic. U-254 went down immediately with all but four of her crew (41 dead, including the commander). ww2dbase [HM]
Australian New Guinea
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Runner arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit sank a Japanese sampan off Hakkaido, Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Roma and Sinti people from occupied Poland and Soviet Union began arriving at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Tunisia
  • Rearguard of the retreating Operation Capri forces engaged pursuing Allied forces in small-scale combat south of the Mareth Line in Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • US Navy 10th Construction Battalion arrived at Canton, Phoenix Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Yugoslavia
  • 4,500 Croatian Jews were arrested; they would be deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland between 7 and 13 Mar 1943. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Mar 1943
German Sturmführer Zwiebel posing with an official automobile in Riga, Latvia, 7 Mar 19431943 Wellesley College poster for Song Meiling speechSubmarines Bonefish, Cod, Cero, and Corvina under construction at the Electric Boat Co. yard, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 7 Mar 1943

7 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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