5 Apr 1943
  • Theo Osterkemp was appointed the commanding officer of Jagdfliegerf?hrer Sizilien and charged with safeguarding Axis flights between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia, Italian North Africa. ww2dbase [Theodor Osterkamp | CPC]
  • Allies launched Operation Flax, a concentrated effort to destroy Axis capability to supply Tunisia by air. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • William Slim and Noel Irwin met in Calcutta, India. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine U-869 was laid down. ww2dbase [U-869 | CPC]
  • USS Finback hit a damaged and beached Japanese merchant ship off Wake Island with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • USS Pompon began her journey down the Mississippi River in a floating drydock toward New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ww2dbase [Pompon | CPC]
  • USAAF 325th Fighter Group received orders to move two of its P-40 squadrons to the airfield at Montesquien, Algeria. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Frederick Aikman shot down a German Ju 87 aircraft and damaged a German Bf 109G aircraft. ww2dbase [Frederick Aikman | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Seven survivors of American Liberty ship William Pierce Frye, sunk by German submarine U-610 in the North Atlantic five days prior, were rescued by British destroyer HMS Shikari (D 85). ww2dbase [HM]
Hawaii Japan
  • Shokaku departed Kure, Japan for a series of round trips between Iwaishima and Tokuyama (3 times), Oita, and Beppu. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Naka completed her repairs at Maizuru, Japan and departed the port. ww2dbase [Maizuru Naval Arsenal | Naka | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Apr 1943
Young Japanese-American Sachi Ohira of El Monte, California walking with her mother at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in Wyoming, United States, 5 Apr 1943.

5 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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