11 May 1943
  • 26 girls were killed in an Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) hostel in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom during a German bombing raid. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The United Kingdom to Lisbon, Portugal air service, previously operated by the Dutch airline KLM, was taken over by the British airline BOAC using Douglas DC-3 aircraft on the route. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Bailey was floated out of drydock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California as repairs continued dockside. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • Cruisers USS Honolulu, USS Nashville, USS Helena, and USS St. Louis with destroyers USS Nicholas, USS O’Bannon, USS Jenkins, USS Taylor, USS Strong, USS Fletcher, and USS Chevalier departed Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides bound for Kolombangara, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | Walden Ainsworth | Nicholas | Nashville | Honolulu | St. Louis | DS]
Alaska Australian New Guinea
  • US B-17 and B-24 bombers attacked Lakunai Airfield and Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Army Air Forces 390th Bombardment Squadron of 42nd Bombardment Group, equipped with B-25 medium bombers, was assigned to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Katori arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Katori | Truk | CPC]
  • Katori arrived Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Katori | Truk | CPC]
France Germany Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit attacked a Japanese convoy east of the Mariana Islands, sinking two transports with 4 torpedo hits and damaging a third with 1 hit; a total of 6 torpedoes was expended. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • USS Grayback attacked a six-freighter Japanese convoy escorted by three armed vessels after dark in the South Pacific, sinking freighter Yodogawa Maru with 1 of 6 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy SC 130 (37 ships) departed Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Black May | Liverpool, England | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 11 May 1943
Destroyer USS Pruitt and landing craft from USS Heywood moving toward Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 11 May 1943American troops at Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 11 May 1943USS Pennsylvania’s #4 main battery seen from under the wing of an OS2U Kingfisher catapult scout plane as the battleship is preparing for the bombardment of Attu Island in the Aleutians, 11 May 1943.Kinai Maru just prior to her sinking in the Pacific Ocean, 11 May 1943; photographed from USS Plunger
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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