The Japanese Navy orders the evacuation of Guadalcanal by the end of the month.
US forces launch their final offensive on Guadalcanal.
Australian troops capture Cape Killerton and Wye Point in Papua, New Guinea.
Japanese forces are routed at Sanananda, putting paid to their resistance in Papua. On Guadalcanal, the Americans make important gains in the battle round Henderson field.
Fighting in Papua is officially reported as over.
Japanese aircraft attack Wau airfield.
The Americans outflank the retreating Japanese on Guadalcanal.
Japanese complete their evacuation of Guadalcanal.
The Australian 9th Division march's through Melbourne watched by more than half a million people.
US fighter aircraft in planned raid, intercept Admiral Yamamoto’s plane over Bougainville and shoot its down, killing the Admiral.
The Americans announce that their airmen captured in the ‘Doolittle Raid’ on Tokyo were beheaded by Japanese.
US Marines land on Nassau beach near Lae in New Guinea during Operation 'Cartwheel'.
Operation 'Cartwheel' continues with the occupation of Rendova, north west of Guadalcanal. The Trobriand and Woodlark islands between Solomon's and New Guinea are also occupied.
US troops land on New Georgia in the Solomon's.
US troops from Nassau Beach link up with the Australians who are under heavy attack at Mubo in New Guinea. Operation 'Cartwheel' continues with further advances in the Solomon's.
The Japanese garrison of 6,000 troops are secretly evacuated from Kiska in the Aleutians.
U.S. bombers drop 153 tons of bombs on Kiska, Aleutian Islands, a new one-day record.
US forces capture Munda airfield in New Georgia.
34,436 US and Canadian troops land on Kiska to find the island evacuated.
Heavy US air attacks on the Japanese airfields at Wewak on the North coast of New Guinea, with 215 Japanese planes destroyed for loss of just six USAAF aircraft.
The Labour Party wins the Australian elections.
US forces complete the capture of New Georgia in the Pacific. Japanese fall back to Francisco River where it runs into Bayern Bay on New Guinea while being pursued by Australian and American troops.
The Australians 9th Division lands in force to the East of Lae on North coast of New Guinea.
US paratroops land behind the Japanese positions at Lae, surrounding about 20,000 Japanese troops.
Japanese aircraft bomb Nanumea, Ellice Island.
The Australian 7th and 9th Divisions capture Lae in New Guinea after very heavy fighting.
Troops of the 9th Australian Division land near Finschhafen in New Guinea.
The first of two heavy air raids against Wewak are conducted by the 5th AAF, with 64 Japanese planes and seven ships destroyed.
The Australian Government releases men from the army and munitions industry for reallocation within the Australian war effort.
The Australians 9th Division captures Finschhafen on New Guinea.
350 allied bombers hit the Japanese base at Rabaul in New Britain. The damage reported includes 120 planes destroyed.
The whole of the New Georgia group of islands in the Solomon's are reported in allied hands.
Jose P. Laurel, a distinguished pre-war Filipino statesman, takes office as “president” of the Philippines after being elected by a Japanese puppet “National Assembly” on Sept. 25. Surviving two assassination attempts by Filipino guerillas, Laurel’s government enjoyed little popularity. A general amnesty after the war spared him a treason trial.
The US and Japan exchange 3,000 civilian prisoners in Goa.
A feint landing on Choisseul in the Solomon's is conducted by US forces. Meanwhile Treasury Island is occupied.
The US 3rd Marine Division lands at Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville Island in the Solomon's.
Heavy USAAF air attacks begin on Rabaul.
China's Wang Chingwei, Thailand's Wan Waithayakon, Manchukuo's Chang Chinghui, Burma's Adipadi Ba Maw, India's Subhas Chandra Bose, and the Philippines Jose Laurel attend the "Greater East Asia Family Conference" of November 5-6, 1943 in Tokyo. The Filipino delegate urges the Asian quislings to "extend all possible material and spiritual support to Japan."
The Japanese land reinforcements North of Empress Bay.
US Marines land on Makin and Tarawa atolls in Gilbert Islands, with fierce fighting reported.
The US Navy Department announces that very few Japanese are left alive in the Gilbert Islands. On Tarawa, 1,090 Marines were killed and 2,193 wounded, with only 100 Japanese out of garrison of 4,836 being taken prisoner, with only 17 of them being soldiers. Sattelberg in New Guinea falls to the 9th Australian Division.
The Australians chase the retreating Japanese towards Wareo in New Guinea.
Australians troops capture Wareo in New Guinea.
US troops land on New Britain near Cape Gloucester, to the South West of Rabaul.
US Marines make further landings on New Britain, either side of Cape Gloucester.
US Marines secure Cape Gloucester airfield on New Britain.