8 Jun 1943
  • USS Finback attacked a Japanese convoy east of Philippine Islands and claimed two transports sunk and another ship damaged, hitting them with 4 of 8 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Brigadier General Paul Wursmith of US V Fighter Command landed a P-40 fighter at Marilinan, about 40 kilometers west of Lae, Australian Papua, to evaluate the general area for the possible construction of a new fighter airstrip. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Photographic Squadron 3 (VD-3) on board. Brig turned over to station. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan
  • Mutsu suffered an explosion due to unknown cause at 1213 hours about three kilometers north of Oshima Island in Japan. 1,121 men were killed; several hundred survivors were treated at military hospitals in Japan and then shipped off to various garrisons in order to maintain secrecy of this accidental explosion. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
United States
  • USS Ancon departed the United States for Oran, French Algeria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Jun 1943
US Ambassador Nelson Johnson, Lady Gowrie, John Curtin, Douglas MacArthur, Governor General Lord Gowrie, and Frank Forde, Australia, 8 Jun 1943

8 Jun 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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