23 May 1943
  • The US 22nd Marine Regiment was detached from the 3rd Marine Brigade and was moved to Tutuila, Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • A British Fleet Air Arm Swordfish launched from the escort carrier HMS Archer sank the German submarine U-752 with a rocket attack. ww2dbase [Archer | AC]
Australian Papua
  • 13th Bomb Squadron (flying B-25 aircraft) of USAAF 3rd Bombardment Group was transferred from Port Moresby to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • Pang Bingxun was installed as the commander of the 24th Army Group of the Japanese puppet government in Nanjing, China. ww2dbase [Pang Bingxun | Nanjing | CPC]
Japan United States US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 23 May 1943
Burke with drink and pipe in hand while at the OfficerThe ashes of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto arriving at Kisarazu, Japan aboard battleship Musashi, 23 May 1943Guest ticket to the commissioning ceremony of USS New Jersey, which took place on 23 May 1943Future commander of Dorado Earle C. Schneider at the launching ceremony with his son Earle V.
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23 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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