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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | AC]
  • Joseph Stilwell met with the newly arrived Louis Mountbatten in Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-703 rescued survivors of sunken Russian freighter Dekabrist. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German artist Charlotte Salomon, who had married a French Jew, was deported from Drancy concentration camp in Paris, France for Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Nine officers and 108 men of ACORN-16 on board. Eight officers and 131 men of ACORN-16 on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • German defenses halted US Fifth Army on the Volturno River, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • Harold Stromsoe was killed aboard USS S-44 as the submarine was sunk by Japanese escort vessel Ishigaki. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Francis Brown was killed aboard USS S-44 as the submarine was sunk by Japanese escort vessel Ishigaki. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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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