1 May 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • The International Medical Commission completed its investigation on the Katyn Massacre, concluding that the Soviet Union was responsible for the atrocity. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops captured Hill 609 in Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Personnel Department was established to replace the Adjutant and Inspector's Department of the US Marine Corps headquarters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was named the commanding officer of German 117th Jäger Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 2nd Moroccan Infantry Division and the 3rd Algerian Infantry Division (converted from the Constantine temporary Division), the first two formations of Charles de Gaulle's revitalised French Army, were created. They would be committed to Italy at the end of November and December respectively. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Korechika Anami was promoted to the rank of general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • From Brisbane, Australia, George Kenney cabled Henry Arnold, noting that very few aircraft were being sent to the Southwest Pacific. Arnold would promise him enough fighters to form a new fighter group, but he could spare no additional personnel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Command Center - bombproof - usably complete. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Commander Junio Valerio Borghese took over command of 10th MAS Flotilla at Muggiano, Italy, which was in actuality a special forces unit for the Italian Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese freighter off Japan, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired; she survived a heavy depth charge counterattack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Irako arrived at Iwo Jima, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Basil Brooke (later 1st Viscount Brookeborough) became Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • CV-14 was renamed USS Ticonderoga. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Construction for Camp Concordia in Concordia, Kansas, United States completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 May 1943
Carrier Unyo en route between Truk in the Caroline Islands and Yokosuka, Japan, early May 1943Soviet A-19 field gun being towed by a tractor in the village of Izvekova near Vyazma, Russia, 1 Mar 1943Indianapolis at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, view of her bow from starboard side, with heavy cruiser Minneapolis in background, 1 May 1943Indianapolis at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, view of her after starboard midships area, 1 May 1943
See all photos dated 1 May 1943

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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