22 Mar 1943
  • Captain William Wellclose Davis was named the commanding officer of HMS Mauritius. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germans recaptured Belgorod, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Khatyn Massacre: German SS men massacred civilians in the Byelorussian village of Khatyn, killing its entire population of 149, 75 of which children. The village was then burned to the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American troops captured Maknassy, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak shot down the German Bf 109G-4 fighter piloted by Leutnant Franz Müller and the Bf 109G-2 fighter piloted by Unteroffizier Karl-Otto Harloff while flying a Yak-1 fighter. She was wounded during this engagement. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese Army and Navy staffs in Tokyo, Japan issued a new directive for operations in the Rabaul area, emphasizing the importance of the defense of New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tirpitz departed for Kåfjord/Altafjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo set sail toward Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Whale spotted a Japanese convoy consisted of three freighters off Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Mariana Islands and began tracking the convoy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Crematorium 4 began operation at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German 15th Panzer Division neared Zarat, Tunisia, recapturing territory lost at the opening of the British Operation Pugilist. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Two captured German generals spoke of plans for long range missiles in a room in Kensington Park Gardens, London, England, United Kingdom, not realizing that the room had been bugged. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • George Kenney was featured on the cover of the Life magazine in the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 22 Mar 1943
Salmon off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 22 Mar 1943Training aircraft carrier USS Wolverine underway on Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline behind, 22 Mar 1943.

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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