6 May 1943
  • Adolf Hitler made an unusual public appearance at Viktor Lutze's funeral. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | TH]
  • In Tunisia, British troops captured Tunis and American troops captured Bizerte. The German 15th Panzer Division was effectively wiped out. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese schooner in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • British corvette HMS Loosestrife sank German submarine U-638 with depth charges, which was attempting to attack Allied convoy ONS 5 in the North Atlantic; two other submarines were also destroyed on this date. Realizing the convoy was now well escorted, Admiral Karl Dönitz ordered the attacks on this convoy to cease. ww2dbase [Black May | CPC]
  • U-977 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [U-977 | CPC]
  • The British Admiralty officially announced the loss of submarine HMS Sahib, which was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea after being damaged by Italian torpedo boat Climene. ww2dbase [AC]
  • At dawn, Chinese 77th Division and 15th Division launched a counterattack against the Japanese in the border region between Hubei and Hunan Provinces, China. At 2100 hours, Chiang Kaishek ordered that the region must be held against the Japanese offensive at all costs. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Marine Fighting Squadron 222 (VMF-222) departed. Part of British Fighter Squadrons 882, 896, and 898 departed. Officers' Club turned over to station. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | Ewa, Oahu | DS]
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6 May 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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