22 Oct 1943
  • USS Cod arrived departed Brisbane, Australia on her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Cod | CPC]
  • During an RAF raid on Kassel, Germany, the RAF began Operation Corona to jam German night-fighter communications. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • HMS Orfasy was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-68 off Freetown, Sierra Leone, British West Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Louis Mountbatten met with William Slim for the first time at Barrackpore in eastern India. ww2dbase [William Slim | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Army Air Forces 70th Bombardment Squadron of 38th Bombardment Group, equipped with B-25 medium bombers, was transferred out of Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Kamoi departed Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies with Rio de Janeiro Maru, escorted by minesweeper W-8. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Surabaya, Java | CPC]
French Indochina Germany Greece
  • Royal Navy Destroyer HMS Hurworth was sunk after striking a mine in the Aegean Sea whilst going to the aid of the Greek destroyer Adrias which had been severely damaged by a mine that day. The ship broke in half, the fore part sinking in three minutes and the after part in eight. 134 officers and men were lost. ww2dbase [AC]
  • U-537 arrived in Martin Bay, Labrador, Newfoundland and began establishing Weather Station Kurt under the direction of meteorologist Kurt Sommermeyer. Meanwhile, crew members of the submarine repaired damage caused by a storm days earlier. ww2dbase [U-537 | Weather Station Kurt | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank converted light cruiser Awata Maru in the East China Sea, hitting her with 4 of 6 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | East China Sea | CPC]
  • USS Bailey crossed the 180th meridian while en route from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Suva, Fiji. ww2dbase [Line Crossing Ceremony | Bailey | DS]
  • Block 11 of Auschwitz I concentration camp held a trial that sentenced 76 men and 19 women to death; they had been transferred from the prison in Myslowitz. The trial was presided by the new head of the Kattowitz Gestapo, SS-Obersturbanfuehrer Johannes Thümmler, who was never punished after the war and passed away in old age in May 2002. ww2dbase [Auschwitz Concentration Camp | Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | Oswiecim | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British Brigadier R. E. Laycock, DSO was appointed Chief of Combined Operations in succession to Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Ranger and the Royal Navy Home Fleet arrived at Scapa Flow, Scotland. ww2dbase [Ranger | Orkney Islands, Scotland | DS]
United States Photo(s) dated 22 Oct 1943
Written orders to the crew of USS Essex from Captain Donald B Duncan alerting crewmembers to the upcoming Line Crossing Ceremony, 22 Oct 1943General Dwight Eisenhower and Lieutenant General Mark Clark studying maps of the Mignano Gap, north of Naples, Italy, 22 Oct 1943Type IXC/40 submarine U-537 at anchor in Martin Bay, Labrador, Dominion of Newfoundland (now Canada) on 22 Oct 1943. Crewmen can be seen on deck offloading components of Weather Station Kurt into rubber rafts.Inflatable rubber rafts on the after deck of German U-537 in Martin Bay, Labrador, Dominion of Newfoundland (now Canada) on 22 Oct 1943. The rafts were used to take pieces of Weather Station Kurt ashore to the Hutton Peninsula.
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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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