17 Jun 1943
  • Monterey was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the last major air battle over Guadalcanal, Captain William D. Wells (US 8th Fighter Group) led his flight of P-39 Airacobra fighters into a formation of 30-35 Japanese Aichi Type 99 naval bombers and shot down four of them. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • In a letter written to Winston Churchill, President Franklin Roosevelt expressed his conviction that General Charles de Gaulle was injuring the Allied war efforts and was "a very dangerous threat to us". ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Alaska
  • USS S-35 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The US Marine Corps 9th Defense Battalion was relieved of its responsibility in the defense of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands and was ordered to begin training for the upcoming New Georgia invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Noor Inayat Khan landed in France via a Lysander aircraft before dawn. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan United Kingdom
  • The Royal Navy battleships HMS Nelson (flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Algernon Willis) and HMS Rodney plus a large squadron sailed from Scapa Flow to join the largest invasion fleet yet mustered in World War II - 280 warships, 320 merchantmen, 2,125 landing craft and smaller vessels - for Operation Husky, the Sicilian landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | AC]
United States
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) returned to Norfolk, Virginia, United States and began post-shakedown availability. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • USS S-44 departed Hampton Roads, Viginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Whale arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Jun 1943
Lance Sergeant A Haywood, Private C Norman and Private H Maw of 1st Battalion, The British Duke of Wellington

17 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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