13 Mar 1943
  • I-168 departed Paramushiro, Kurile Islands for the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Mead S. Pearson was named the commanding officer of USS Ancon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Japanese troops ended their assault on American forces at Hill 700. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chinese troops pushed Japanese troops back across the Yangtze River. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A plot to assassinate Hitler during a flight from Smolensk, Russia to Rastenburg, Germany failed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Burma, the No. 3 Column of the Northern Group of the Chindits was attacked by Japanese forces whose conservative probing attacks failed to eliminate the numerically inferior Allied irregulars. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler visited Günther von Kluge's field headquarters. Anti-Hitler conspirators spoke to Kluge beforehand, but they could not convince Kluge to take action to arrest Hitler. Without Kluge's help, the conspirators acted on their own, sneaking fused bombs disguised as brandy bottles aboard Hitler's aircraft, which took off for Berlin, Germany after dinner. The bombs failed to explode, and the conspirators had to take the risk, successfully, to retrieve the bottles before they were discovered. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 180 survivors of HMS Lighting (G55), sunk by German motor torpedo boat S-158 on the previous day, were landed at Bône, Algeria by destroyer HMS Loyal. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Seven of the survivors of Honduran steam merchant Olancho, victim of German submarine U-183 two days prior, were picked up by the American seaplane tender USS Absecon (AVP 23) and taken to Jacksonville, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [HM]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Destroyer Yukikaze made a troop transport run to Kolombangara, New Georgia, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pilots of US Marine Aircraft Group 21 arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands by passenger aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired six torpedoes at a Japanese transport and a destroyer in the South Pacific, sinking the transport with two hits. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese ship in the East China Sea; the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish sank Japanese cargo ship Kosei Maru off Tokara Islands, Japan in the East China Sea, hitting her with 3 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Kraków Ghetto in Poland was liquidated. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A celebration took place at the main rail station of Krakow, Poland, featuring the 2,000th transport of workers from Poland to Germany; the one-millionth forced laborer was "honored". ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • HMS LST-412 departed New York, New York, United States with refinery equipment, sailing for Curaçao. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Richard Sutherland once again presented the Elkton II plan for operations in the Pacific to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States. The plan continued to be treated coldly by the JCS, as it did not wish to devote additional resources to the Pacific theater of war. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1943
African-American US Navy S2c Carlton J. Dearborn building balsam model of Stuka dive bomber, US Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois, US, 13 Mar 1943; model to be used in aircraft id training

13 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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