11 Apr 1943
  • SS doctors at concentration camps were given orders to select prisoners to be sent to Hartheim Castle in Austria to be euthanized. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • The Germans lost several transport aircraft flying between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia, Italian North Africa. On the ground, Allied troops captured Kairouan, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • Destroyer HMS Beverley (Lieutenant Commander R. A. Price) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-188 (Kapitänleutnant Siegfried LĂĽdden) while escorting Atlantic convoy ON-176. Her loss would be officially announced by the Admiralty on 2 May 1943. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Adolf Hitler issued orders that the best armies, the best leaders and the best weapons were to be made available for employment in the "Encirclement of the enemy forces deployed in the Kursk area". ww2dbase [Battle of Kursk | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alpino Bagnolini sighted an aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 0501 hours; she submerged to avoid detection. At 1025 hours, she sighted a periscope and turned away. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 73 Zero fighters and 27 D3A carrier dive bombers attacked Oro Bay near Dobodura, Australian Papua, sinking 1 US cargo ship, sinking 1 US destroyer, damaging 1 transport, and damaging 1 Australian minesweeper. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Tunny was observed by a Japanese ship 40 kilometers off of Truk, Caroline Islands, but there was no subsequent attack. Early in the afternoon, she intercepted Japanese submarine I-9; she fired three forward torpedoes, and the Japanese submarines fired two; all torpedoes missed. Japanese aircraft arrived to hunt USS Tunny, but the bombs dropped caused no damage. USS Tunny would remain submerged until sundown. After dark, while on the surface, she made radar contact with a Japanese destroyer; as she moved to attack, the destroyer also detected her, attacking with nine depth charges; Tunny would remain submerged for hours to escape the attack. ww2dbase [Tunny | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Poland United States
  • USS Hoe arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States from the Portsmouth Navy Yard. ww2dbase [Hoe | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1943
Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 11 Apr 1943USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii after being fitted with a new bow, 11 Apr 1943, photo 1 of 2USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii after being fitted with a new bow, 11 Apr 1943, photo 2 of 2Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 11 Apr 1943.

11 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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