16 Jun 1943

British Western Pacific Territories
  • Major General John Hester announced the date for the New Georgia invasion to be 30 Jun 1943. On the same day, a group of Japanese dive bombers and fighters unsuccessfully attacked American positions in the Russell Islands, Solomon Islands; a large number of the aircraft were destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • B-17 bomber "Old 666", piloted by Captain Jay Zeamer, conducted a camera mapping mission over Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. It was attacked and heavily damaged by fighters of the squadron led by Warrant Officer Yoshio Oki. Zeamer, wounded, would be able to fly the bomber back home; this later won him a Medal of Honor. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Werner Haase was promoted to the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Yokosuka, Japan for Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Yokosuka, Japan to escort a task force to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Noor Inayat Khan boarded a Lysander aircraft in Britain for France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

16 Jun 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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