Events occurring on Wednesday, January 6, 1943  
  The Southwest Pacific Theater  
  USAAF B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators bombed Japanese shipping at Rabaul, New Britain, sinking the army cargo vessel Keifuku Maru and damaging the destroyer IJN Tachikaze and cargo vessel Kagu Maru.  
   
  RAAF Hudsons damaged the Japanese torpedo boat Tomozuru off Kai Island, Banda Sea. The damaged vessel was taken in tow the next day to be brought to Ambon, Netherlands East Indies for repairs.  
   
  The Alaskan Campaign  
  In attacks against Japanese shipping a PBY Catalina sank the freighter Kotohira Maru off Holtz Bay, Attu.  
   
  USAAF B-24 Liberators sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kotohira Maru off Holtz Bay, Attu.  
   
  The motor torpedo boats PT-22 and PT-24 were damaged in a collision during a storm at Dora Harbor, Unimak Island, Aleutians.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The U-164, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Otto Fechner, was sunk was sunk by depth charges from a U.S. Catalina aircraft north-west of Pernambuco, Brazil in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 54 died and 2 survived. During its career under Korvettenkapitän Fechner the U-164 sank 3 merchant ships for a total of 8,133 tons.  
   
  The Kriegsmarine  
  After a stormy interview with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler, Grand Admiral Erich Raeder tendered his resignations as Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine. Hitler accepted the resignation. From a record of the meeting in Raeder's handwriting:  “...if the Fuehrer was anxious to demonstrate that the parting was of the friendliest character and wished that the name Raeder should continue to be associated with the Navy, particularly abroad, it would perhaps be possible to make an appointment to the Inspector General, giving appropriate publicity in the press, et cetera. But a new Commander-in-Chief of the Navy with full responsibility for this office must be appointed. The position of Inspector General, or whatever it was decided to call it, must be purely nominal. The Fuehrer accepted this suggestion with alacrity. The Inspector General could perhaps carry out special tasks for him, make tours of inspection, et cetera. The name of Raeder was still to be associated with the Navy. After Commander-in-Chief of the Navy had repeated his request, the Fuehrer definitely agreed to 30th January as his release date. He would like to think over the details.”  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The submarine USS Jack (SS 259) was commissioned. Her first commander was Commander Thomas M. Dykers.  
   
  The U-956 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Dieter Mohs.  
     
   
  January 1943 Calendar  
   
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