17 Sep 1943
  • USS Puffer attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies, damaging a transport and sinking another; she expended 6 torpedoes and observed 3 hits. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 moved from the Russell Islands to Munda Airfield on New Georgia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Black top on landing mat completed. Part of Fighting Squadron 25 (VF-25; Model F6F-3); Torpedo Squadron 25 (VT-25; Model TBF-1), on board. Part of Bombing Squadron 25 (VB-25; Model SBD-5) on board. ww2dbase [Barbers Point Naval Air Station | DS]
  • British Eighth Army linked up with US troops near Salerno in Italy; Albert Kesselring issued the order to break off the counteroffensive at Salerno and form a defensive line. ww2dbase [Operation Avalanche | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Yolande Beekman departed Britain in a Lysander aircraft. ww2dbase [Yolande Beekman | CPC]
  • No. 184 Squadron RAF, flying Hurricane IV fighters, arrived at RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [RAF Newchurch | CPC]
United States
  • USS Tunny arrived at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]

17 Sep 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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