9 Jun 1943
  • Tito was wounded by a German air attack. ww2dbase [Josip Tito | TH]
  • Omar Bradley was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Omar Bradley | CPC]
  • George Bush was commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve at Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. ww2dbase [George Bush | CPC]
  • Francis Gabreski took command of the 61st Fighter Squadron of USAAF 56th Fighter Group. This stirred ill feelings toward him as there were two other pilots who were more senior than him. ww2dbase [Francis Gabreski | CPC]
  • Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card departed Casablanca, French Morocco bound for Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Card | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • 21 B-17 bombers attacked Lakunai, Vunakanau, and Rapopo airfields at Rabaul, New Britain with 73,000 pounds of bombs between 0215 and 0520 hours. A J1N1 nightfighter (pilot Chief Flight Officer Satoru Ono, observer Lieutenant (jg) Kisaku Hamano) damaged two of the US bombers. ww2dbase [J1N | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • Mutsu sank in the Hashirajima anchorage, Japan at 0200 hours from damage suffered during the explosion on the previous day. ww2dbase [Mutsu | Hashirajima, Hiroshima | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • USS Whale attacked a Japanese convoy in the Mariana Islands, damaging (possibly sinking) two freighters, hitting them with 5 of 9 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Whale | CPC]
US Pacific Islands Yugoslavia
  • The German anti-partisan Kampfgruppe von Ludwiger, under Generalmajor Hartwig von Ludwiger, was disbanded. ww2dbase [Hartwig von Ludwiger | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jun 1943
B-17F bomber

9 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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