12 Oct 1943
  • German 250th Infantry Division of Spanish volunteers began to be pulled from the front lines two days after Franco ordered their return. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An Allied convoy sailing through the planned path of USS Dorado reported no submarine contacts. ww2dbase [Dorado | CPC]
  • USS Cero attacked a Japanese convoy consisted of three freighters escorted by two destroyers, damaging one freighter; nine torpedoes were expended. ww2dbase [Cero | CPC]
  • At Mare Island, California, Captain Ralph Roberts relieved Captain Colin Campbell as commanding officer of cruiser USS St. Louis. ww2dbase [St. Louis | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Lt(jg) Letson “Sam” Balliett piloting a TBF Avenger flying from USS Card attacked a refueling operation between German submarines U-488 (“Milchkau”) and U-402 in the mid-Atlantic using one Mark 24 FIDO acoustic homing torpedo. Although this attack claimed one sinking, both submarines escaped with only minimal or no damage. Later, another TBF Avenger from Card flown by Lt(jg) Doty attacked and damaged U-731. ww2dbase [Mark XXIV | TBF Avenger | Conclusion of the Battle of the Atlantic | U-402 | Card | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • 8 squadrons of bombers launched from Dobodura Airfield, Australian Papua, with escorting US and Australian fighters, attacked Rapopo Airfield, Vunakanau Airfield, and Tobera Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain. The Allies lost 3 B-24, 1 B-25, and 1 Beaufighter aircraft. The Japanese suffered eight damaged ships (transport Tsukushi, oiler Naruto, destroyer Mochizuki, destroyer Minazuki, destroyer Tachikaze, submarine I-7, submarine I-80, and submarine RO-105), six transports sunk, 4 A6M aircraft destroyed, 9 A6M aicraft damaged, and some fuel dumps destroyed. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 3 | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • Marcel Albert, flying a Yak-9 fighter, shot down a Fw 190 aircraft over Horki, Byellorussia. ww2dbase [Marcel Albert | Horki | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Irako arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands at 0500 hours. ww2dbase [Irako | Truk | CPC]
French West Africa
  • Lorraine arrived at Dakar, French West Africa. ww2dbase [Lorraine | Dakar | CPC]
  • US Fifth Army launched a second offensive on the Volturno River, Italy. Albert Kesselring ordered German troops on the Volturno Line to fall back to the Barbara Line. ww2dbase [Advance to the Gustav Line | TH, CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Nos. 132, 184, and 602 Squadrons RAF were transferred out of RAF Newchurch in southern England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [RAF Newchurch | Newchurch, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 12 Oct 1943
Japanese-American soldier of US 100th Infantry Battalion on reconnaissance during mock maneuvers, Italy, 12 Oct 1943Japanese-American BAR gunner of US 100th Infantry Battalion taking position during mock maneuvers, Italy, 12 Oct 1943Japanese-American soldiers of the US 100th Infantry Battalion taking position behind an embankment during mock maneuvers, Italy, 12 Oct 1943
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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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