7 Oct 1943
  • 98 captured Americans were executed on Wake Island on the orders of Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara as reprisal to a 5 Oct air raid. ww2dbase [TH]
  • RAF aircraft bombed Stuttgart, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Chevalier was sunk by a torpedo fired from the USS La Vallette following severe damage inflicted during an engagement with Japanese destroyers fought on the previous day off Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | AC]
  • Joseph Stilwell met with the newly arrived Louis Mountbatten in Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • German submarine U-703 rescued survivors of sunken Russian freighter Dekabrist. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
France Hawaii Italy Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-44 opened fire with her deck gun on escort vessel Ishigaki, mistaking her for an unarmed civilian cargo ship. She was sunk by returning gunfire. Only two survived. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
  • Harold Stromsoe was killed aboard USS S-44 as the submarine was sunk by Japanese escort vessel Ishigaki. ww2dbase [Harold Stromsoe | CPC]
  • Francis Brown was killed aboard USS S-44 as the submarine was sunk by Japanese escort vessel Ishigaki. ww2dbase [Francis Brown | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Air Commodore Andrew James Wray Geddes, a First World War RFC pilot who was now in command of the three airfields in 12 Base, made the first Lancaster bomber landing at the newly built RAF Kelstern in Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom. A week later No. 625 Squadron (formed from C-flight of No. 100 Squadron) relocated from nearby RAF Grimsby. ww2dbase [Andrew Geddes | Waltham, England | AC]

7 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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