23 Aug 1943
  • USS Permit began her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Iro Ilk was awarded with the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe goblet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US submarine chasers SC-694 and SC-696 were sunk by German Ju-88 dive bombers off the coast of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The British Joint Planning Staff authorized the transfer of six brigades under Orde Wingate's command for operations in Burma; Wingate had originally wanted eight brigades. The units were to be drawn from the UK 70th Division and the UK 81st African Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • 21 Japanese bombers escorted by 17 fighters took off from Hankou, Hubei, China to attack Chongqing in Sichuan Province, China; the formation was met with an additional 14 fighters en route. 10 P-40, 8 P-43, and 11 P-66 fighters of the Chinese Air Force rose to intercept. The Chinese lost one P-40 fighter, one P-43 fighter, and two P-66 fighters in the engagement while the Japanese lost one bomber and several damaged. This would become the final major aerial attack on Chongqing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 727 RAF bombers dropped 1,700 tons of explosives on Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Part of Air Group 16 on board. TBF-1's, SBD-5's, and F6F-3's of Air Group 16 arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • George Patton apologized to Charles Kuhl whom he slapped at a field hospital for accused cowardice. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Sunfish damaged a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet Steppe Front captured Kharkov, Ukraine, ending the Fourth Battle of Kharkov; a German counterattack was attempted but repulsed by the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 23 Aug 1943
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt inspecting “native” Samoan Marines at Tutuila, Samoa, 23 Aug 1943. Also present are United States Marine MGen C.F.B. Price, Commanding General of the area and Captain John R. Napton, Jr.

23 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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