16 Aug 1943
  • US troops entered Messina, Sicily, Italy. Meanwhile, the Axis forces successfully evacuated 100,000 troops from Sicily to the mainland. ww2dbase [Invasion of Sicily and Italy's Surrender | TH]
  • Intrepid was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Intrepid | CPC]
  • USS S-28 arrived at Massacre Bay, Attu, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [S-28 | Attu | CPC]
  • 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 [Ain-Taya | 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 [Tsili-Tsili | CPC]
  • 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]
France French Morocco
  • Escort carrier USS Card and her task group arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco. Card disembarked the 44 German prisoners of the sunken U-664. ww2dbase [Card | Casablanca | DS]
  • 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 [Kommeno, Epirus | CPC]
  • Oberstleutnant Josef Salminger of GebirgsJƤger Regiment 98 of German 1st Mountain Division ordered the massacre of 317 people of the village of Kommeno in Greece. ww2dbase [Kommeno, Epirus | CPC]
Hawaii 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 [Yamato | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
Poland Ukraine 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 [San Diego, California | 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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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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