1 August 1943


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War in the Air

B-24 Liberator over Ploesti
B-24 Liberator over Ploesti

Operation Tidalwave: B-24 Liberators based in North Africa attack the oil refinaries at Ploesti in a costly low-level daylight raid. The refinaries suffer 40% damage, while 54 B-24s were lost in combat.

War at Sea

German submarine U-383 sunk with all hands off Brest

German submarine U-454 sunk off Cape Ortegal


De Gaulle becomes President of the French Committee of National Defence, with Giraud as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

War Crimes

British, American and Soviet governments warn neutral countries not to give shelter to wanted war criminals

Occupied Europe

German troops on Crete disarm their Italian former comrades

Related Books

 Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Crowood Aviation), Martin W. Bowman. A well balanced book that begins with a look at the development history of the B-24, before spending nine out of its ten chapters looking at the combat career of the aircraft in the USAAF, the US Navy and the RAF.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 1 August 1943, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1943_08_01.html

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