9 Oct 1943
  • US bombers attacked Mariensburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • USS Hoe searched for down American airmen in the Wake Island area. ww2dbase [Hoe | CPC]
  • The American destroyer USS Buck was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-616 off Salerno, Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Puffer damaged a Japanese transport east of Borneo, Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Puffer | CPC]
  • Oberfeldwebel Johann Boos and Oberleutnant Robert Seib of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Bailey arrived at San Pedro, California and later that same day, Bailey departed San Pedro bound for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii escorting battleship USS Tennessee. ww2dbase [Bailey | Tennessee | DS]
  • Destroyers USS Nicholas, USS Saufley, and USS Fletcher arrived at Tulagi, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Saufley | DS]
Australian New Guinea Australian Papua
  • Japanese aircraft attacked the Dobodura Airfield in Australian Papua, setting oil dumps on fire. On the same day, 2nd Bomb Squadron (flying B-25 and B-26 aircraft) of USAAF 22nd Bomb Group was transferred to Dobodura. ww2dbase [Dobodura Airfield | New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Dobodura | CPC]
  • After ten months in port, German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 departed Lorient, France for her tenth Atlantic patrol seeking to break her run of bad luck and bad morale. ww2dbase [U-505 | Loirent, Bretagne | DS]
  • Paul von Kleist was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht daily radio report. ww2dbase [Paul von Kleist | CPC]
  • German submarine U-703 arrived at Harstad, Norway and dropped off two survivors of Russian freighter Dekabrist. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Harstad | CPC]
  • The USAAF 306th Bomb Group flying from RAF Thurleigh launched a bombing raid against the port facilities at Gdynia, Poland. This would not only be the longest mission of the war for the 306th at over 1,600 miles round trip but would also be the group's farthest strike east. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Gdynia | DS]
  • Kuban, Russia was under complete Soviet control as the last German and Romanian units had evacuated to Crimea. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | Krym | TH]
  • Semyon Timoshenko was awarded the Order of Suvorov 1st Class for the first time. ww2dbase [Semyon Timoshenko | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 9 Oct 1943
Aerial photo of Tonolei Harbor, Bougainville, Solomon Islands during US attack, 9 Oct 19438th Air Force B-17 bomber raiding Focke Wulf plants at Marienburg, Germany (now Malbork, Poland), Oct 9 1943

9 Oct 1943 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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