17 Mar 1943
  • 90 Luftwaffe bombers attacked Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | TH]
  • Bulgaria stated its opposition to the deportation of Bulgarian Jews. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US troops captured Gafsa, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Battle of El Guettar | CPC]
  • Graffiti along the lines of "we are obliged to the F├╝hrer for this" was found among ruins of bombed German cities. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Marine Corps 10th Defense Battalion completed taking over the duties of the 11th Defense Battalion in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Marine Scout-Bomber Squadron 243 arrived at Johnston Island from Ewa, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The main body of the Northern Group of the Chindits arrived at the confluence of the Irrawaddy and Shweli Rivers in Burma; they began to cross at nightfall. ww2dbase [Operation Longcloth | CPC]
  • USS Pompon was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander E. C. Hawk in command. ww2dbase [Pompon | CPC]
Burma Hawaii Japan
  • Nachi refueled from oiler Teiyo Maru at Paramushiro (Paramushir), Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Paramushiro, Hokkaido | CPC]
United States
  • George Kenney and Richard Sutherland met with Franklin Roosevelt at the White House in Washington DC, United States. Later on the same day, Roosevelt called in Kenney for a second meeting, during which Kenney successfully lobbied for additional aircraft to be assigned to the USAAF in Australia. ww2dbase [White House | George Kenney | Washington | CPC]

17 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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