8 Apr 1943
  • US President Roosevelt froze wages and prices of utilities in order to prevent inflation. He also banned workers from changing jobs unless the switch would further the war effort. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Baya was laid down. ww2dbase [Baya | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The 14,500-ton American tanker Kanawha, damaged by Japanese aerial attack and beached on the west side of Tulagi in the Solomon Islands to prevent sinking, nevertheless slid off into the deep water and sank before dawn. ww2dbase [Tulagi | HM]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Tunny patrolled north of West Fayu Island, Caroline Islands. Toward the end of the day she received orders to sail for waters southwest of Truk to intercept a Japanese fleet of unknown composition. ww2dbase [Tunny | West Fayu | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Hatsukaze at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
  • Nagara and Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 1335 hours to make rendezvous with disabled transport ship Kosei Maru (torpedoed by USS Tunny on 7 Apr 1943). ww2dbase [Nagara | Yugure | Truk | CPC]
Japan Tunisia
  • The British submarine HMS Unshaken (Lieutenant J. Whitton) torpedoed and sank the 1,227-ton Italian merchant steamer Foggia 10 miles from Soussa, Tunisia. The Foggia was previously the French vessel Mont St. Clair. ww2dbase [Soussa | HM]
United Kingdom
  • The first modified Lancaster ED765/G ("G" for "Guard" denoting the special security arrangements required) bomber was delivered to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom for planned attacks against German dams. ww2dbase [Dambuster Raid | Farnborough, England | AC]
United States
  • XSB2D-1 prototype aircraft took its first flight. ww2dbase [BTD Destroyer | CPC]

8 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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