31 Oct 1943
  • USS Seahorse sank a small Japanese vessel with her deck gun south of Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The US Navy scored its first radar aided aerial victory when an F4U-2 Corsair fighter destroyed a Japanese aircraft it had intercepted over New Georgia. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Martin Gottfried Weiss stepped down as the commandant of Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: 76th Construction Battalion (76th SeaBees) arrived on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • US Fifth Army resumed the stalled offensive north of the Volturno River in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Sasebo, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • An American reconnaissance flight from Suichuan Airfield, Jianxi Province, China detected a Japanese shipping concentration in the Sasebo-Nagasaki area. Claire Chennault requested for permission to attack, but Henry Arnold rejected the request, noting that he did not wish to alert the Japanese of American air strength in China while he worked on a plan for concerted B-29 strikes from China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tomokazu Kasai completed advanced flight school in Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Gunnel completed a period of overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 31 Oct 1943
US Marine Corps intelligence officer Thomas Colley, New Zealand, 31 Oct 1943USS Gunnel at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 31 Oct 1943

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

31 Oct 1943 Interactive Map

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