12 Aug 1943
  • During a raid on Turin, Italy, Flight Sergeant Arthur Aaron's Stirling bomber was accidentally machine gunned by another 218 Squadron aircraft. Although badly wounded, with half of his face shot away rendering him unable to speak, Aaron instructed his crew on how to fly the badly damaged aircraft by writing notes. Taking control he eventually made a successful forced landing in Tunisia. His crew survived but Aaron would die shortly after from his wounds. Aaron was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his selfless actions. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German forces evacuated Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Milan, Italy received 1,000 tons of explosives from the RAF. ww2dbase [TH]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • 24 B-24 bombers attacked Buin, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, destroying 13 A6M fighters, 10 D3A dive bombers, and 1 reconnaissance aircraft on the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Georg von Küchler was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the southern portion of the defensive Panther Line to be set up along the Dneiper River in Ukraine, and that the city of Kharkov in Ukraine was to be held at all costs. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Boarfish was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Aug 1943
USS Pennsylvania in Adak Bay, Adak, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, on 12 Aug 1943, just prior to the Kiska operationMen of Company K, 3rd Battalion, US 27th Infantry Division along the Zieta Trail, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 12 Aug 1943

12 Aug 1943 Interactive Map

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