13 May 1943
  • The remaining Axis troops surrendered in Tunisia. For the first time in the war, the British claimed more German prisoners than the number of British captives in Germany. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | TH]
  • Danish resistance damaged a railway installation at Tønder, Denmark. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Snook sank a Japanese freighter with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Snook | CPC]
  • The false documents found on the body of Glyndwr Michael/William Martin was returned by the Spanish to the British, apparently unopened but actually shared with and copied by the Germans. ww2dbase [Operation Mincemeat | CPC]
  • B-17 bomber 'Hell's Angels' of US 303rd Bomb Group became the first aircraft to complete 25 combat missions. ww2dbase [B-17 Flying Fortress | CPC]
  • Italian torpedo boats stationed at Yalta, Ukraine conducted their last sortie from this base. ww2dbase [CPC]
Italy Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo damaged a Japanese transport east of Japan, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Squadron X of the No. 5 Group of the British Royal Air Force, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, received water-skipping "Upkeep" bombs for the upcoming mission against German dams in the Ruhr region. ww2dbase [Dambuster Raid | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 13 May 1943
American soldiers unloading landing craft on the beach at Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, 13 May 1943USS Helena performing night time bombardment of Japanese positions in the Munda-Vila area, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 13 May 1943; photo taken from USS HonoluluSearaven at Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul, 13 May 1943Close up view of the main guns in USS Iowa’s number 3 turret flanked by 20mm Oerlikons while at anchor in Chesapeake Bay, United States, 13 May 1943

13 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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