23 Aug 1943
  • Iro Ilk was awarded with the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe goblet. ww2dbase [Iro Ilk | 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 [Orde Wingate | CPC]
  • USS Permit began her tenth war patrol. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Yamato arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yamato | Truk | CPC]
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 [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | Chongqing | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Italy
  • George Patton apologized to Charles Kuhl whom he slapped at a field hospital for accused cowardice. ww2dbase [George Patton | Sicilia | CPC]
Pacific Ocean Ukraine
  • 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 [Fourth Battle of Kharkov | Kharkov | 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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