5 Jul 1943
  • German submarine U-759 sank American ship Maltran of Allied convoy GTMO-134 70 miles west of Port Salut, Haiti. The entire crew survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • The torpedoed Fletcher-class destroyer USS Strong was sunk by a Japanese shore batteries in Rice Anchorage, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Indian National Army held a military parade in Padang, Sumatra, Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Captain Takeo Taizuka was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
Algeria Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • The US Northern Landing Group under Colonel Harry Liversedge landed at Rice Anchorage on the northern coast of New Georgia, Solomon Islands. On the same day, US cruisers and destroyers bombarded Japanese positions at Vila, Kolombangara, and Bairoko Harbor. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | New Georgia | CPC]
  • Before dawn, USS Helena commenced pre-invasion bombardment of New Georgia from Kula Gulf. In the afternoon, she received the order to intercept a Japanese troop convoy would arrive some time after dark. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | Solomon Islands Campaign | Kula Gulf | CPC]
  • Tanikaze contributed to the sinking of the American light cruiser USS Helena during the Battle of Kula Gulf in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Tanikaze | CPC]
New Caledonia
  • USS S-31 departed Nouméa, New Caledonia for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-31 | Nouméa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-41 fired two torpedoes at a Japanese patrol craft in the Pacific Ocean off of Kamchatka Peninsula; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [S-41 | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1943
Captured Japanese coastal defense gun at Enogai, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 5 Jul 1943Troop transport USS Susan B. Anthony (converted luxury liner) in Mers-el-Kebir, Oran, Algeria preparing for the invasion of Sicily, 5 Jul 1943. Note LCVP landing craft hanging from her davits and stowed on her foredeck.

5 Jul 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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