18 Sep 1943
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Mussolini declared the Repubblica Sociale Italiana in Northern Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • John Basilone participated in a bond tour event in Scanton, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Cisco arrived at Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 attacked a Japanese convoy destined for Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands. Pilot Chris Magee shot down 2 Japanese D3A aircraft (with a further 1 probable) during this attack. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Yamato sortied from Truk to Brown Atoll, Eniwetok in response to raids by US Navy Task Force 15 on Tarawa, Makin, and Abemama Atolls. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Shokaku sortied from Truk, Caroline Islands to Brown Island (Eniwetok), Marshall Islands with Combined Fleet under Vice Admiral Ozawa's tactical command in response to the US Task Force 15 carrier raids on Tarawa and Makin. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Yolande Beekman was delivered into German-occupied France via a Lysander aircraft before dawn. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-537 departed Kiel, Germany for her first war patrol. She carried Wetter-Funkgerät Land-26 weather station equipment along with meteorology expert Dr. Kurt Sommermeyer and his assistant Walter Hildebrant on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Headquarters of British V Corps arrived at Taranto, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian Navy Xa Flottiglia MAS based at Pola, Italy (occupied Pula, Yugoslavia) under Lieutenant Commander Umberto Bardelli reported the strength of 350 men. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Bluefish sank small Japanese ship with her deck gun in the Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish damaged a Japanese transport in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-711 shelled the Soviet wireless telegraph station at Pravdy in northern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 18 Sep 1943
Specialist (S) 3rd class Aspasia Phoutrides inspecting WAVES barracks at the Advanced Naval Training Station, Lake Union, Seattle, Washington, United States, 18 Sep 1943African-American soldiers of a port battalion of the US 5th Army unloading supplies at the beach at Salerno, Italy, 18 Sep 1943; note DUKW in center and fresh water cans marked with Japanese ship aground at Kiska harbor, Aleutian islands, US Territory of Alaska, 18 Sep 1943

18 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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