1 Apr 1943
  • I-168 arrived at Kiska, Aleutian Islands from Paramushiro, Kurile Islands; she took on sick personnel of the Kiska garrison and departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Thorn was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Croaker was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki was assigned to the 2nd Surface Escort Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Frank E. Beatty, Jr. was named the commanding officer of USS Columbia, relieving Captain William A. Heard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Kamoi was assigned to the 3rd Southern Expeditionary Fleet of the Southwest Area Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • 12 British Mosquito aircraft destroyed a power station and a railways yard at Trier, Germany without any losses; local reports recorded 21 deaths. On the same date, RAF Squadron Leader C. O'Donoghue of 103 Squadron commanded a lone Lancaster bomber on a bombing attack on Emmerich, Germany; the aircraft was shot down, killing the entire crew. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 1st and 9th Infantry Divisions attacked Italian positions at Hill 369 near El Guettar, Tunisia for the third consecutive day to little success. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps established Marine Aircraft Group S3 at Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States under Lieutenant Colonel Frank H. Schwable; it was the first USMC night fighter group. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Marine Corps activated the 4th Base Depot at Nouméa, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • George Patton's aide Captain Richard Jenson was killed during a German air attack; Patton shed tears over Jenson's body and cut a lock of hair, keeping some of himself and sending the remaining to Jenson's family. Patton would blame the British Royal Air Force for allowing German aircraft to operate with impunity; this accusation would create controversial at top levels of Allied command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 704th Infantry Division was refitted as the 104th Jäger Division. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German 704th Infantry Division was redesignated as the 704th Jäger Regiment; Hartwig von Ludwiger remained the unit's commanding officer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Greenland
  • The US Navy formally established the operations at base Grondal, also known as Bluie West Seven, in southwestern Greenland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Runner departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • US Navy Construction Battalions in US Territory of Hawaii took over construction projects previously worked on by civilian contractors. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Dispensary (150 beds) usably complete. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The "P" (parachute) battalion of "San Marco" naval infantry regiment merged with "N" (swimmer) battalion to form the new Grupo Battaglioni "NP". ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Taiwan
  • The Mako Guard District at Pescadores islands, Taiwan was transferred to Takao in southern Taiwan, and it was renamed the Takao Guard District. Vice Admiral Takeo Takagi remained the guard district's commanding officer. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Andrew Geddes was made the head of Operations and Plans of the Second Tactical Air Force RAF. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS Mingo departed Long Island, New York, United States area for Newport, Rhode Island, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Access to the Clinton Engineer Works facilities in Tennessee, United States became strictly controlled. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Apr 1943
Soviet sniper Ekaterina Nikiforova Nikiforovna speaking to female sniper trainees, 1 Apr 1943Actress Lyubov Orlova with soldiers at the Baladzhary railroad station in Baku, Azerbaijan, 1 Apr 1943

1 Apr 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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