6 Aug 1943
  • USS Corvina was commissioned into service with Commander Roderick S. Rooney in command. ww2dbase [Corvina | CPC]
  • USS Mingo damaged a Japanese freighter, hitting her with one out of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • After capturing the important town of Troina at Sicily, Italy, Lieutenant General Patton fired both the divisional commander (Major General Allen) and his deputy (Brigadier General Roosevelt) of the US 1st Infantry Division who were responsible for the victory. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | AC]
  • USS Pollack attacked a Japanese convoy off Kyushu, Japan, damaging one ship with one of six torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland commenced refit at Tyne, England, United Kingdom prior to transfer to Eastern Fleet. (Aircraft facilities removed. Changes in radar equipment included Surface warning Type 273 Fire-control Type 285 for forward 4in HA armament Air warning radar Type 281 with an Interrogator outfit Close range fire-control radar (Type 282) 20mm Oerlikon arrangements improved and additional mountings fitted.) ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • USS Bailey departed San Francisco for sea exercises. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS S-35 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her seventh war patrol. ww2dbase [S-35 | Unalaska | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The 10,000-strong Japanese 4th Air Army under Lieutenant General Kumaichi Teramoto arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • In the Battle of Vella Gulf in the Solomon Islands, United States destroyers USS Dunlap, Craven, Maury, Lang, Sterett, and Stack, acting on intelligence gathered from Magic codebreaking intercepts, laid in wait for four Japanese destroyers on a night mission to bring troops to Munda on New Georgia. USS Dunlap, Craven, and Maury opened the attack by launching twenty-four Mark XV torpedoes in one minute. Japanese destroyers Hagikaze, Arashi, and Kawakaze were destroyed, killing 600 sailors and 900 Japanese Army passengers. Destroyer Shigure had a torpedo pass through her rudder but the ship was able to escape in the darkness. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Shigure | Maury | Craven | Mark XV | Vella Gulf, Solomon Islands | TH]
  • Two divisions of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 and two divisions of US Marine Corps squadron VMF-221 escorted a P-38 reconnaissance aircraft over the Shortland Islands. The 16 Corsair fighters shot down five Japanese aircraft, losing one (Bill Blakeslee). ww2dbase [Shortland Islands | CPC]
  • German SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Aumeier gave his subordinates time off from 1300 hours on 7 Aug 1945 to end of the day of 8 Aug 1945 to recognize the work his men accomplished during the liquidation of the Jewish ghettos in Bedzin and Sosnowiec in the Silesia region of Germany (occupied Poland). ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Oberschlesien | CPC]
New Hebrides Russia
  • Soviet troops engaged the German 4th Panzerarmee headquarters unit at Bogodukhov, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Belgorod | Bogodukhov | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands
  • USS Wahoo arrived at Midway Atoll, refueled, and then departed for her sixth war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Wahoo | Midway | CPC]
  • USS Haddock arrived at Midway, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Haddock | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Aug 1943
Japanese-American recruit of US 442nd Regimental Combat Team taking cover during field exercises at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, United States, 6 Aug 1943155mm Gun M1 arriving by rail at Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, Virginia, United States, 6 Aug 1943

6 Aug 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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