2 Apr 1943
  • HMS Black Swan and HMS Stonecrop sank German submarine U-124 in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hauptmann Philipp Müller of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze made a troop transport run to Rekata, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • Near El Guettar, Tunisia, US 9th Infantry Division was moved to attack Hill 772; its original objective of Hill 369 was now left to US 1st Infantry Division to capture. ww2dbase [Battle of El Guettar | CPC]
  • USS Gar ended her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • USS S-31 crossed the equator in the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [S-31 | CPC]
  • The Italian Semovente 105/25 tank destroyer design entered production. ww2dbase [Semovente 105/25 | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • In the later afternoon, USS Tunny made radar contact with Japanese transport Toyo Maru Number 2 off Alet Island, Caroline Islands. She fired three torpedoes at the distance of 880 meters and observed a hit on the transport before diving to avoid attack by the escorting Momo-class destroyer; depth charges caused minor damage. ww2dbase [Tunny | Alet | CPC]
  • Robert von Greim was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • Allied bombers conducted raids across Italy, hitting Messina, Crotone, Villa San Giovanni, Naples, Augusta, and Palermo. Some of the missions were aborted due to cloud cover. ww2dbase [Bombing of Rome, Naples, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • The Tamazato Prisoners of War Camp in eastern Taiwan was opened for the purpose of showing Red Cross representatives a model camp. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1943
An F4U-1 Corsair with its gear down, flaps down, and hook down prepares to trap aboard the training aircraft carrier USS Wolverine on Lake Michigan, United States, 2 Apr 1943.

2 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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