16 Aug 1943
  • Intrepid was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US troops entered Messina, Sicily, Italy. Meanwhile, the Axis forces successfully evacuated 100,000 troops from Sicily to the mainland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Alaska
  • USS S-28 arrived at Massacre Bay, Attu, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Algeria
  • The French I Corps was reconstituted at Ain-Taya, Algeria, under the command of Lieutenant-General Henry Jules Jean Martin, with American supplied uniforms and weapons as part of the rearmament of the French Army of Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
Australian Papua
  • 15 Japanese bombers escorted by 33 fighters attacked Tsili-Tsili airfield, Australian Papua. 3 US fighter squadrons rose for defense. The Japanese lost 3 aircraft, while the Americans lost 1 aircraft (Lieutenant Leonard Leighton). ww2dbase [CPC]
Byelorussia
  • 2,200 Russian troops of the German 1st Russian National SS Detachment fighting in Byelorussia switched sides and eventually formed the 1st Anti-Fascist Partisan Brigade under Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Gil, who was also known as I. G. Rodionov. ww2dbase [CPC]
Greece
  • The 317 inhabitants of the village of Kommeno in western Greece were rounded up by occupation troops and executed for the suspicion of partisan support. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Josef Salminger of GebirgsJäger Regiment 98 of German 1st Mountain Division ordered the massacre of 317 people of the village of Kommeno in Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • US Navy awarded a contract to build a new military hospital at Aiea, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Yamato, loaded with troops and supplies, departed Kure, Japan with Fuso, Nagato, and Destroyer Division 16's Amatsukaze and Hatsukaze. Stopped at Yashima anchorage that night. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Poland
  • Starting this date and continuing for the next seven days, revolt and destruction took place in the Bialystok Ghetto in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ukraine
  • The Soviets launched an attack toward Stalino (now Donetsk), Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United States
  • The US 4th Marine Division was activated at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California, United States under the command of Major General Harry Schmidt. It was the only US Marine Division during WW2 to be mounted and staged into combat directly from the continental United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Aug 1943
Intrepid off Newport News, Virginia, United States, 16 Aug 1943Map depicting the Allied landings on Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 15-16 Aug 1943A Canadian soldier inspecting a captured Japanese Type 96 machine gun, Kiska, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 16 Aug 1943Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference, Canada, mid-Aug 1943
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16 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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