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10th April 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made night raid on South West Germany. Koenigsberg bombed by Soviet air force aircraft.

North Africa. The British Eighth Army occupied port of Sfax.

In the Mediterranean. Italian heavy cruiser Trieste sunk and Gorizia damaged by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Flying Fortresses heavy bombers in harbour of La Maddalena, Sardinia. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Lightning fighters shot down 30 enemy transport planes in Sicilian straits.

In Burma. Japanese infiltration through the jungle led to further withdrawal by Allied troops in the Mayu peninsula.

In Australasia. Heavy bombers attacked Japanese base at Wewak, New Guinea.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 9-10 April 1943, Wellingtons bomb troops and transport on roads in area surrounding Enfidaville. The following day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit ships at La Maddalena while B-26 Marauder medium bombers follow up the Wellingtons with raid on roads and military concentrations near Enfidaville. Fighter-bombers also hit ground targets in Enfidaville areas. Fighters escort bombers, carry out reconnaissance, and fly sweeps over battle area from Medjez el Bab to Sousse.

Ninth Air Force. Headquarters IX Fighter Command is transferred to Tripoli. Personnel are to be moved from Egypt, over a period of several weeks. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour at Naples. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command control, hit Palermo. Allied ground forces take Sfax and continue North to La Hencha.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound town and dock area of Wewak. Some of the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers also bomb Cape Boram and Kairiru Island, while some of the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Alexishafen and shipping on Wewak. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound harbours at Bobia and Uligan. A lone B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafes barges Southeast of Bogia and trucks at Cape Croisilles while another bombs airfield at Arawe.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue to fly harassing strikes as 3 of the heavy bombers hit Kahili airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance B-24 Liberator heavy bombers observed 4 unidentified aircraft near Segula. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 17 P-40 fighters, and 6 P-38 Lightning fighters fly 5 attack missions to Kiska, and negative searches for unidentified aeroplanes at Segula. Last mission finds Kiska closed in and returns with bombs.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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