1 Nov 1943
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Sama (now Sanya), Hainan, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Scorpion began a reconnaissance mission of Farallon de Pajoras island, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The US 15th Air Force was formed commanded by Major General James H. Doolittle with its headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The town of Ota in Gunma Prefecture, Japan absorbed the nearby town of Shimanogo. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Brehon Somervell received a report from front line engineers in Burma which requested more men and machinery but warned of unforeseen obstacles could significantly delay the project. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chinese troops mounted a small offensive in northern Burma, but this attack would achieve little. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Per Admiral Mineichi Koga's orders, Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa transferred 150 aircraft of Carrier Division 1 temporarily to the airfields at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A Japanese patrol found a group of Australian and native coast watchers on New Britain. Sergeant Lambert Carlson was killed, Captain John Murphy was captured, and the others escaped. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Princeton launched two sorties against Japanese positions on Bougainville, Solomon Islands in support of the landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Saratoga launched two sorties against Japanese positions on Bougainville, Solomon Islands in support of the landings. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Men of the US 3rd Marine Division landed at Torokina Point on the northern coast of Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, Solomon Islands; the beach was defended only by a small 300-strong garrison, but the effective Japanese defense surprised the attackers. In response of the invasion, Japanese aircraft from Rabaul, New Britain, attacked the US fleet, damaging destroyer USS Wadsworth (killing 2), but at the heavy cost of 16 A6M fighters lost. The Japanese dispatched a counter-invasion force consisted of Cruiser Division 4 (Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita) and transports carrying thousands of troops; the fleet was en route to Rabaul when it was detected by a B-24 Liberator bomber (Lieutenant Robert Sylvernale) while heading toward the western approach of Saint George's Channel between New Britain and New Ireland. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Lieutenant-General Philip Christison's XV (Indian) Corps comprising 5th and 7th Indian Divisions and the 81st (West African) Division, which had arrived in India in Aug 1943, assumed responsibility for the operational control of Arakan, Burma. ww2dbase [AC]
Caroline Islands Italy
  • The pro-Allied government in southern Italy established Brigata Marina naval infantry unit, drawing men from both the army and the navy. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 6 torpedoes on a convoy in the Pacific Ocean; she claimed having sunk cable layer Tateishi and trawler Kitagami Maru with a total of 4 hits, but both ships actually survived the attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Martin Gottfried Weiss was named the commandant of Majdanek Concentration Camp in occupied Poland, succeeding Max Koegel. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
  • German troops in the Crimea were cut off by land as Soviet troops made a landing across the Strait of Kerch in Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Allied convoy RA-54A departed the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At a dinner at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Joseph Stalin told Cordell Hull that the Soviet Union would be willing to engage Japan in a war after Germany was defeated. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • USS Luce departed Bremerton, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Nov 1943
SBD Dauntless dive bomber of US Marine Corps VMSB-144 squadron flying over Cape Torokina by Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 1 Nov 1943Map of situation the Pacific War as of 1 Nov 1943, showing one Allied offensive plan at that timeUSS Columbia bombarding Japanese positions on Bougainville, Solomon islands, 1 Nov 1943USS Columbia and other warships off Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 1-2 Nov 1943; note crashed Japanese aircraft ahead of USS Columbia
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1 Nov 1943 Interactive Map

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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