6 May 1943
  • U-977 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese schooner in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler made an unusual public appearance at Viktor Lutze's funeral. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In Tunisia, British troops captured Tunis and American troops captured Bizerte. The German 15th Panzer Division was effectively wiped out. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | DS]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Runner arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]

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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