24 May 1943
  • US troops mopped up the final Japanese opposition groups in the Aleutian Islands. Overall in this campaign, the 2,600 Japanese men were wiped out at a cost of 550 American lives. ww2dbase [Aleutian Islands Campaign | AC]
  • British bombers attacked East Frisian Islands (Ostfriesische Inseln) in northwestern Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • After suffering many submarine sinkings during May 1943, German Admiral Karl Dönitz ordered a temporary halt to submarine operations in the North Atlantic to regroup and re-evaluate tactics. ww2dbase [Black May | CPC]
  • Bunker Hill was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Bunker Hill | CPC]
  • The United States Marine Corps abolished its glider program. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Cabrilla was commissioned into service with Commander Douglas Thompson Hammond in command. ww2dbase [Cabrilla | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • While returning from patrol, the Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci was intercepted by the British destroyer HMS Active (H 14) 300 miles west of Vigo, Spain. Working with the frigate HMS Ness (K 219) HMS Active subjected the submarine to an intense depth-charge attack and the Leonardo da Vinci was destroyed. There were no survivors. ww2dbase [Black May | HM]
Australian New Guinea
  • Five B-17 and six B-24 bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain with 17 tons of bombs between 0030 and 0145 hours, hitting Lakunai, Rapopo, and Vunakanau airfields. One B-24D bomber crashed at Port Moresby, Australian Papua upon its return at 0530 hours, killing all aboard. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • From Port Moresby, Australian Papua, Ennis Whitehead sent George Kenney a request for setting up regular reconnaissance flights over Rabaul, New Britain using F-5 (P-38) aircraft. ww2dbase [Port Moresby | CPC]
China
  • Japanese 39th Division completed the crossing of the Yangtze River near Pianyan, Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Exi | Pianyan, Hubei | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Irako departed Kure, Japan for Truk, Caroline Islands with armed merchant cruiser Aikoku Maru in escort. ww2dbase [Irako | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale conducted a reconnaissance mission on Rota, Mariana Islands between Tinian and Guam. ww2dbase [Whale | Rota | CPC]
Poland United States
  • USS Bluefish was commissioned into service with Commander George E. Porter in command. ww2dbase [Bluefish | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 May 1943
Newly converted USS Sable training aircraft carrier on her delivery trip to Chicago, Illinois upbound on Lake St Clair, Michigan, United States.  Photo taken from the freighter Joseph Wood. May 24 1943.Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and others at the White House during Trident Conference, Washington DC, United States, 24 May 1943

24 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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