5 Oct 1943
  • Manila Bay was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-28 traveled through the Onekotan Strait in the northern Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine U-869 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germans completed their evacuation of Corsica, France. ww2dbase [TH]
  • American aircraft bombed Wake Island. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Remy Van Lierde shot down a German Ju 88 heavy fighter (his fifth kill) and destroyed another aircraft on the ground. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell ordered Sun Liren to launch an offensive in northern Burma, but Sun hesitated. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Minesweeper USS Assail was transferred to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Act. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Ensign Robert W. Duncan of US Navy Squadron VF-5 became the first F6F Hellcat fighter pilot to shoot down two Japanese Zero fighters in a single engagement. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Fifteen officers and 78 men of ARGUS-10 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • German 16th Panzer Division nearly wiped out the British bridgehead on the Biferno River near Termoli, Italy; the British bridgehead was saved by the arrival of Canadian and British tanks. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo sank freighter Konron Maru in the Sea of Japan off Tsushima, Japan, killing 544. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Ray departed the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1,196 Polish Jewish children originally from the liquidated Bialystok ghetto in Poland were transferred from Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in occupied Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in occupied Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Yorktown (Essex-class) began two days of air strikes on Japanese installations on Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Photo(s) dated 5 Oct 1943
Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New Orleans bombard Wake, 5 Oct 1943SOC Seagull aircraft being lowered onto catapult of cruiser Minneapolis, after spotting for the Wake Island raid of 5 Oct 1943No. 4 Squadron RAAF pilots posing in front of Boomerang aircraft WC-27 ambulances of the 70th Service Group await the return of the 386th Bomb Groupís B-26 Marauders, RAF Great Dunmow, Essex, England, United Kingdom, Oct 5, 1943

5 Oct 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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