7 May 1943
  • Hitler announced in a speech to Reichsleiters and Gauleiters that submarine warfare was to be stepped up as the surest way to cut enemy supply lines, even as the German submarine fleet was being pounded in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Black May | TH]
  • Allied naval forces began the Operation Retribution blockade, sealing off Tunisia, Italian North Africa from the sea. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Buthidaung, Burma. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese sampan in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • USS Snook attacked a Japanese convoy off China and sank Hosei Maru, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Snook | CPC]
  • The keel of submarine Pintado was laid down. ww2dbase [Pintado | CPC]
  • Lydia Litvyak shot down a German Bf 109 fighter while flying a Yak-1 fighter. ww2dbase [Lydia Litvyak | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
China Dutch East Indies France
  • German television began broadcasting from studios in Paris, France. ww2dbase [Paris | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo sank freighter Tamon Maru No. 5 off Iwate Prefecture, Japan, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes. Later on the same day, she attacked a military convoy consisted of two escort vessels and a naval auxiliary in the same region, Japan; all 3 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
Tunisia
  • Italians scuttled captured French minelayer Castor at Bizerte, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Bizerte | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 7 May 1943
Japanese pilot Nishizawa flying his A6M3a Model 22 Zero fighter in the Solomon Islands area, 7 May 1943

7 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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