United States of America heavy bombers made daylight raids
on the submarine base at Lorient and surrounding areas.
In the Mediterranean. Heavy allied raid on aerodrome at Heraklion,
In Australasia. Allied raids on Munda and Rekata Bay in Solomon:
and Lae in New Guinea.
United States of America. United States 4 bombers again raided
Kiska causing extensive damage.
Eighth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers hit submarine base at Lorient, which now shows
cumulative effect of repeated bombardment.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters
escort, attack docks and marshalling yard at Sfax. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters, follow
with attack on same marshalling yard. DB-7 Douglas Boston
light bombers hit troop concentration near Gabes, this attack
being followed by A-20 Havoc light bombers raid on the airfield.
During afternoon more DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers hit
Gabes, concentrating on the airfield. P-40 fighters and P-38
Lightning fighters furnish escort for the raids on Gabes.
A-20 Havoc light bombers hit fuel dump at El Aouinet; on return
flight, escorting P-40 fighters strafe near El Guettar. P-38
Lightning fighters fly 2 reconnaissance missions to Tripoli,
1 flight destroying several trucks on return trip. P-40 fighters
and F4U Corsair fighter fly uneventful reconnaissance missions.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping at Rabaul. A-20
Havoc light bombers strafe forces in Duvira Creek area while
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out single-bomber attacks
on airfield at Lae, Madang Village, and troops and vehicles
at Wewak. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafes a schooner
in Jacquinot Bay.
Eleventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and 14 P-38 Lightning fighters approach
Kiska Harbour at minimum altitude for a bombing and strafing
attack. 2 ships and 3 submarines, newly arrived, are covered
by Zeros. 4 of them engage the approaching P-38 Lightning
fighters in a dogfight. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters are shot
down and 4 Zeros are scored as probable. The B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers meanwhile attack the ships with unobserved
results. One B-25 Mitchell medium bombers is shot down off
Little Kiska. A PBY picks up survivors, but fails to return.
Kiska Harbour is then attacked once more by 5 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers, 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 4 B-26
Marauder medium bombers. They claim 2 hits on both vessels
observing explosions on the smaller ship. A B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers photographs Amchitka. Weather reconnaissance
of Near Island is cancelled due to weather. Aerial reconnaissance
observes for first time Japanese use of smoke screen at Kiska
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