28 Apr 1943
  • Sweden protested the mining her territorial waters by Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Konstantin Rokossovsky was promoted to the rank of general. ww2dbase [Konstantin Rokossovsky | CPC]
  • Lance Corporal John Patrick Kenneally ignored his wounds to make a one-man assault at Djebel Bou Azoukaz, Tunisia which caused the enemy line to break. Despite being wounded again, Kenneally survived to collect his Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German submarine U-650 sighted Allied convoy ONS 5 in the North Atlantic at 0800 hours. During the day U-375, U-386, U-528, and U-537 sailed toward U-650 and began planning the attack. Radio chatter between these submarines alerted commander of ONS 5 escorts Captain Peter Gretton. ww2dbase [Black May | CPC]
  • Otto Skorzeny was promoted to the rank of HauptsturmfĂĽhrer and was given command of the commandos of the Oranienburg Special Training Unit. ww2dbase [Otto Skorzeny | CPC]
  • USS Scorpion was ordered to return to her home port. ww2dbase [Scorpion | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
  • Irako departed Truk, Caroline Islands for Iwo Jima, Japan with destroyer Tanikaze in escort. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
  • Tanikaze began escorting a transport from Truk, Caroline Islands toward Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Tanikaze | Truk | CPC]
  • Yugure departed Truk, Caroline Islands at 1555 hours to escort Kyokuto Maru. ww2dbase [Yugure | Truk | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a P-40 fighter over Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, his 35th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu wrote to Baron Hiroshi Oshima in Berlin, Germany, urging the ambassador to exert his influence with the Nazi leadership to encourage Germany to make a separate peace with the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Mamoru Shigemitsu | Tokyo | AC]
  • American submarine USS Gudgeon spotted the 17,526-ton Japanese troop carrier Kamakura Maru sailing unescorted in the Sulu Sea 15 miles southwest of Naso Point, panay Island, Philippine Islands. Gudgeon fired a spread of four torpedoes at the Japanese vessel at 3,200 yards range. After two minutes there were two explosions. The Kamakura Maru was hit twice on her starboard side at the No. 4 hold where fuel and vehicles immediately catch fire which rapidly spread. Twelve minutes after the strike there was an explosion and the ship upended and sank by the stern. The US submarine passed through the area where the ship sank and reported a dozen lifeboats and floating debris and a large amount of people in the water. The Japanese crew failed to send out a distress signal before the ship sank, thus no one suspected its loss until 3 May 1945. The Kamakura Maru was the largest Japanese troopship sunk in the war; over 2,000 lives were lost with this sinking. ww2dbase [Gudgeon | Sulu Sea | HM]
  • Viktor Abakumov personally arrested Major General Boris Teplinsky, the head of the Operational Department of the Air Force of the Siberian Military District on false charges of treason, conspiracy, and spreading anti-Soviet propaganda. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Apr 1943
Burning buildings in the Warsaw Ghetto, seen from the direction of Zoliborz district southward into the north side of the ghetto, Warsaw, Poland, late Apr 1943RAF Flight Lt Charles Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley) and RNVR LtCdr Ewen Montagu driving “Major Martin” from London to Holy Loch, Scotland as part of Operation Mincemeat, 28 Apr 1943.Sargo at Mare Island Navy Yard, 28 Apr 1943, white outline indicate recent alterations, photo 1 of 2Sargo at Mare Island Navy Yard, 28 Apr 1943, white outline indicate recent alterations, photo 2 of 2

28 Apr 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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