24 Mar 1943
  • The British RAF Bomber Command had by this date dropped 100,000 tons of explosives on Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • British General Orde Wingate was ordered by his superiors to withdraw his Chindits from Burma. ww2dbase [Operation Longcloth | Orde Wingate | CPC]
  • USS Finback spotted a Japanese convoy and began to shadow it. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant Eitel-Albert Barth, Oberleutnant Werner Oberländer, Feldwebel Walter Pilz, and Oberleutnant Horst Rudat of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a B-25 bomber over Meiktila, Burma, his 24th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Meiktila | CPC]
Cuba Hawaii Norway Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo sank tanker Takaosan Maru in Korea Bay of the Yellow Sea at 1949 hours after a 7-hour pursuit, hitting her with 1 of 7 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Wahoo | Yellow Sea | CPC]
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  • USS Tunny departed Midway Atoll after a brief stay to replace her periscope. ww2dbase [Tunny | Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]

24 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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