11 Jul 1943
  • German forces in Operation Citadel ran out of momentum, even though there had been some objectives reached. Hitler refused to call off the operation, which could have saved many of the units. ww2dbase [Battle of Kursk | TH]
  • USS Tunny refueled at Johnston Island, United States. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Western Pacific. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 19th Bomb Squadron (flying B-25 and B-26 aircraft) of USAAF 22nd Bomb Group was transferred to Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Admiral William Halsey issued a directive for an attack in the Bougainville area in the Solomon Islands; Lieutenant General Alexander Vandegrift was to be the head of the invasion force. Elsewhere, the 1st Marine War Dog Platoon arrived in the theater in preparation of the Bougainville operations with the 2nd Marine Raider Regiment. At New Georgia, the US airfield at Segi Point was now fully operational. After sundown, US cruisers and destroyers bombarded Japanese positions at Munda, New Georgia. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi performed repair work for armed merchant cruiser Aikoku at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
Greece
  • A German officer was killed in Greece when a partisan fighter threw a grenade into the officer's vehicle. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • British 8th Army captured Syracuse, Sicily, Italy and its useful harbour. Also on Sicily, General Paul Conrath's Hermann Göring Panzer Division overran the American outposts at Ponte Dirillo and were only prevented from breaking through the Allied lines by an attack by James Gavin's paratroopers from the rear. Elsewhere, Conrath personally led a column which assaulted the weakly held Piano Lupo, to get within 2,000 yards of the beach before being stopped by the defenders. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | AC]
  • Omar Bradley arrived at Sicily, Italy while recovering from a recent hemorrhoidectomy. ww2dbase [Omar Bradley | CPC]
  • HMS Howe bombarded Trapani and Favignana, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Howe | CPC]
  • USS Ancon operated off Scoglitti, Sicily, Italy as a commications ship. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | Ancon | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone United States
  • Submarine Flier was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States. sponsored by the wife of A. S. Pierce. ww2dbase [Electric Boat Company | Flier | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo began a period of trials and training off California, United States. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Jul 1943
USS Boise firing on armor forces near Gela, Sicily, Italy as LST-325, full of US Army trucks, approached the landing beaches, 11 Jul 1943American transport SS Robert Rowan exploding after being hit by German Ju 88 bombers, Gela, Sicily, at about 1550 to 1555 hours on 11 Jul 1943US Army Private George Katere, Private First Class William Mosa, and Private First Class Jessie Hampton posing with Sicilian civilians, Italy, 11 Jul 1943George Patton in Gela, Sicily, Italy, mid-Jul 1943
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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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