23 Apr 1943
  • German 17.Armee abandoned the attempt to dislodge the Soviet bridgehead at Novorossisk in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
  • USS Gar began her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • In Tunisia, Lieutenant Wilwood Sandys-Clarke was left as the only officer still alive after his company was almost wiped out in a counter-attack. Despite head wounds, he rallied him men and captured three German strong-points before being cut down whilst single handedly tackling two sniper posts. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. Another Tunisian campaign Victoria Cross was awarded to Major John Anderson who was the first man into three enemy machine-gun positions, capturing 200 prisoners. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Scorpion damaged a Japanese cargo ship off Honshu, Japan with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Scorpion | CPC]
  • Orde Wingate and his small group of Chindits spotted the Chindwin River in Burma from a high spot; they were about 30 miles away from the river. ww2dbase [Operation Longcloth | CPC]
  • Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas and USS Fletcher and tender USS Whitney arrived at Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Sydney | DS]
Caroline Islands
  • In the evening, a flying boat arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands with ashes of Yamamoto and six of his staff officers, who had been shot down in bombers over Bougainville five days earlier. Senior staff officer Captain Kameto Kuroshima secretly transferred Yamamoto's ashes to the admiral's sea cabin aboard the battleship Musashi. ww2dbase [Operation Vengeance | Isoroku Yamamoto | Truk | CPC]
  • Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue and her task group departed Argentia, Newfoundland bound for mid-Atlantic rendezvous with eastbound Convoy HX-235. ww2dbase [Bogue | Argentia | DS]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 23 Apr 1943
Japanese Patrol Boat #39 sinking after being torpedoed by American submarine Seawolf, 23 Apr 1943; seen from SeawolfJapanese Patrol Boat #39 sinking after being torpedoed by American submarine Seawolf, 23 Apr 1943; seen from SeawolfGerman Hitler Youth members operating an aerophone, listening for engines of incoming aircraft, Germany, 23 Apr 1943

23 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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