8 May 1943
  • USS Gar reported sinking a Japanese ship in daylight with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German government issued the order that deaths of Eastern European workers in the concentration camps only need to be reported to labor offices. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Admiral Bruce Fraser replaced Admiral John Tovey as the head of the Royal Navy Home Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Maungdaw, Burma despite being outnumbered and being surrounded throughout most of the offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • 16 B-24 bombers and 11 B-25 bombers of US 14th Air Force attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, claiming about 20 aircraft destroyed on the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Operation BG 6, Italian auxiliary ship Olterra launched three manned torpedoes against Gibraltar, sinking three cargo ships. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Scorpion arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Marine Fighting Squadron 222 (VMF-222) departed. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Kure, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese transport off Iwate Prefecture, Japan; all 3 torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Guy Gibson, together with Harold Martin and John Hopgood, made a number of successful practice drops of "Upkeep" bombs at Reculver off southeastern England, United Kingdom. Low level training, which had now been consolidated at the Uppingham reservoir and a dam on the Colchester reservoir, was reduced from 150 feet to just 60 feet. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • USS Sable was commissioned into service with Captain Warren K. Berner in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 8 May 1943
Admiral Bruce Fraser on the occasion of his British Royal Navy Home Fleet appointment, 8 May 1943Searaven off Mare Island, 8 May 1943, photo 1 of 3Searaven off Mare Island, 8 May 1943, photo 2 of 3Searaven off Mare Island, 8 May 1943, photo 3 of 3
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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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