9 Sep 1943
  • Tirpitz arrived at Kåfjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • The British Ventura bombers flew their last bombing mission; they would soon be replaced by Mosquito aircraft. This last mission was flown by crews of the No. 21 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Ventura | CPC]
  • The US submarine Grayling was missing, presumed rammed and sunk by a Japanese vessel, whilst on patrol off Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Grayling | AC]
  • U-23 completed her eleventh war patrol. ww2dbase [U-23 | CPC]
  • USS Bailey regained sound contact and upon further analysis the contact was found to be cause by contours of the sea floor. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Australia Dutch East Indies
  • Upon hearing the news that Italy had surrendered, Italian transport submarine Comandante Cappellini (Aquilla III), in port at Sabang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, attempted to request permission to leave port under the guise of a training exercise. The request was denied by the Japanese leadership. When the submarine's commanding officer Walter Auconi met with Vice Admiral Hiraoka Kumeichi of the 9th Base Unit at Sabang, the Japanese officer suggested surrender, which the Italian complied. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | Sabang, Sumatra | CPC]
France Greece
  • Hubert Lanz was given command of XXII Gebirgskorps in Greece. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • US B-26 Marauder bomber attacked Scanzano Jonico, Italy, 50 kilometers southwest of Taranto. At Taranto, four British cruisers disembarked troops of British 1st Airborne Division, taking the port city with Italian cooperation; the British troops began marching inland after sundown. To the west, the main Allied assault on Italy, Operation Avalanche, began with the landing of two British divisions and one American division at Salerno; the British troops pushed 8 to 11 kilometers inland, which the Americans held on to a precarious beachhead. To the north, German troops disarmed their former Italian allies and classified them as prisoners of war while a new Fascist Anti-Badoglio government was formed. Italian leaders King Vittorio Emanuele III, the queen, Pietro Badoglio, Vittorio Ambrosio, and others fled Rome eastward, then turned south toward Brindisi. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | TH, CPC]
  • Small scale clashes took place between Italian civilians and policemen and German troops. ww2dbase [Naples Uprising | Napoli, Campania | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 15th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • USS Harder sank cargo ship Koyo Maru off Japan, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Harder | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Paramushiro (Paramushir), Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Paramushiro, Hokkaido | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Naka arrived at Taroa, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands and disembarked troops. ww2dbase [Naka | Maloelap | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit damaged a Japanese transport between Kwajalein Atoll and Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. A Japanese aircraft spotted USS Permit and attacked with depth charges; USS Permit escaped unscathed. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
Poland United States Photo(s) dated 9 Sep 1943
Light cruiser Philadelphia and a motor minesweeper making a smoke screen to cover the landing area from German air attack, Salerno, Italy, 9 Sep 1943Eleanor Roosevelt arriving in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 9 Sep 1943, welcomed by Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger and other officersMap depicting Operation Avalanche against mainland Italy, 9 Sep 1943Vice Admiral H. Kent Hewitt and Rear Admiral Spencer Lewis aboard USS Ancon off Salerno, Italy, Sep 1943
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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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