Events occurring on Wednesday, August 4, 1943  
  The Eastern Front  
  New attacks were launched by the Steppe and Voronezh Fronts south of Kursk targeted at the 4th Panzer Army and the 8th Army.  
   
  The Solomon Islands Campaign  
  American forces captured Munda and its air field on New Georgia.  
   
  U.S. motor torpedo boats engaged Japanese guardboats off Vanga Vanga, Kolombangara, Solomon Islands, and sank the No. 3 Matsue Maru and drove the Banyo Maru ashore, damaged.  
   
  The Alaskan Campaign  
  A radar-equipped PBY carried out a pre-dawn bombing of the submarine base and main Japanese camp area on Kiska. The Catalina also dropped 92 empty beer bottles (for the disconcerting whistling effect they produce) on those targets. Kiska at this time had been evacuated by the Japanese without the knowledge of the Americans.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted British steam merchant Dalfram was torpedoed and sunk by the U-181, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Wolfgang Lüth, east of Madagascar in the western Indian Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 3 died and 40 survivors reached land by lifeboat. The 4,558 ton Dalfram was carrying coal and was headed for Alexandria, Egypt.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Finback (SS 230), commanded by Lt. Commander John A. Tyree, Jr., torpedoed and sank the 6,070 ton Japanese army cargo ship Kaisho Maru in the Java Sea, north of Java.  
   
  The submarine USS Seadragon (SS 194), commanded by Lt. Commander Royal L. Rutter, torpedoed and damages Japanese transport Kembu Maru east of Ponape in the Caroline Islands.  
     
   
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