9 Apr 1943
  • USS S-31 arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia where she would be refitted and would serve as a target for training exercises. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British troops captured Mahares, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ivan Bagramyan was awarded the Order of Kutuzov 1st Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Horst Grund was wounded. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Tunny made contact with a Japanese fleet off Truk, Caroline Islands at 2228 hours. She fired four torpedoes at the fleet, which now she realized was an aircraft carrier force, observing multiple hits. She then fired an additional six torpedoes before diving; the subsequent depth charge counterattack caused little damage. Later study of Japanese records revealed that the attacks caused only minor damage on the Japanese force as the torpedoes were detonated prematurely. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-339 arrived at Kiel, Germany and was reclassified as a training boat. ww2dbase [HM]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Parts of British Fighter Squadrons 882, 896, and 898 departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • The German government re-designated Majdanek from a labor camp to a concentration camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The Chelmno Concentration Camp in Reichsgau Wartheland, Germany (occupied Poland) temporarily ceased its extermination operations. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German officially renamed Majdanek Concentration Camp in occupied Poland to Lublin Concentration Camp (Konzentrationslager Lublin). ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Parche was laid down at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The modified P-38G aircraft which Benjamin Kelsey was test flying failed to pull out of a dive; Kelsey parachuted to safety, albeit suffering a broken ankle on landing, but the aircraft would crash near Calabasas, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Apr 1943
Lieutenant Walter A. Haas in the cockpit of a F2A Buffalo aircraft, Miami, Florida, United States, 9 Apr 1943US Navy ordnanceman loading .50 caliber ammunition for a F2A Buffalo fighter, Naval Air Station Miami, Florida, United States, 9 Apr 1943

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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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