14 Oct 1943
  • Natoma Bay was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Canberra (Baltimore-class) was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pompon attacked a Japanese oiler in the Gulf of Siam; all 4 torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine Segundo was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Dorado failed to arrive at the Panama Canal Zone, and aircraft were launched to search, without success, for the submarine. Early suggestions that she was sunk in error by a US Mariner aircraft was later concluded as incorrect, and it seemed likely that her loss was attributable to an unknown accident on board or to a German naval mine. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • German troops cleared the Zaporozhe bridgehead, retreating across the Dneiper River in southern Ukraine. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Oberleutnant Walter Nowotny, Commanding officer of the I/JG54 group, became the first pilot in the world to achieve 250 kills, for which feat he would receive Germany's second highest award, Diamonds to his Knight's Cross medal, awarded to him by Adolf Hitler. ww2dbase [AC]
Germany
  • US 8th Air Force launched 291 B-17 bombers and 60 B-24 bombers to attack the Schweinfurt ball bearing plants in Germany; the 60 B-24 bombers were diverted to another target. 77 American bombers and 1 escorting fighter were lost, while 38 Luftwaffe fighters were shot down the defense. 122 American bombers returned to base in bad condition but they were able to be repaired. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH]
Hawaii
  • USS Corvina arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Four officers and 267 men of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 552 (CBMU-552) on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank a Japanese passenger-cargo ship in the East China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Japan declared the independence of the Philippines. As with other territories however the independence was nominal and civil freedoms muted. ww2dbase [AC]
Poland
  • Prisoners of Sobibór Concentration Camp in Poland destroyed extermination facilities and escaped en masse; 300 disappeared into the woods and 50 joined partisan units. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Oct 1943
WAVES personnel in the low pressure chamber of  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 14 Oct 1943, photo 1 of 3WAVES personnel in the low pressure chamber of  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 14 Oct 1943, photo 2 of 3WAVES personnel in the low pressure chamber of  Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 14 Oct 1943, photo 3 of 3Canberra underway, Boston harbor, Massachusetts, United States, 14 Oct 1943, photo 1 of 4
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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