In Sicily. Invasion armada of 2,000 vessels landed British,Canadian
and American troops on Sicilian coast. Syracuse captured by
British 8th Army units.
Eighth Air Force. 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers strike Caen, Carpiquet, Abbeville and Drucat
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 9
July 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons
bomb Catania, Syracuse, Syracuse Isthmus, seaplane base and
railroad station at Syracuse, and Caltagirone Northwest African
Air Forces (NAAF) Troop Carrier Command flies airborne operations
to drop British and United States paratroops on Sicily. United
States Seventh and British Eighth Armies make amphibious landings
on South and Southeast coast of Sicily. Northwest African
Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber hit railroads,
road junctions, trains, and vehicles while P-40 fighters fly
cover for amphibious landings. Northwest African Tactical
Air Force (NATAF) light bombers and medium bombers hit airfields
at Sciacca, Canicatti, Ponte Olivo, and Trapani, and towns
and surrounding areas of Caltagirone and Palazzolo. Throughout
the day Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
bomb Milo and Sciacca airfields, Gerbini satellite fields,
and towns of Palazzolo and Caltanissetta. P-38 Lightning fighters
on sweep strafe radar installation.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yard at Catania
and airfield at Vibo Valentia. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit Palazzolo, Sciacca, Catania and Agrigento, Floridia, Giarratana,
Biscari, Syracuse, and Piazza Armerina. Fighters cover assault
beach areas in Sicily.
Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb dock area at Haiphong.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers pound Salamaua, Logui, and Southeast
bank of Francisco River as Allied ground forces effect junction
at Buigap Creek cutting command between Salamaua and Mubo.
A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs village of Kela.
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Boela and Babo.
Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kahili airfield. Seabees
report 3,300 ft airstrip at Segi Point available for limited
operations. This provides an emergency landing field only
40 miles from Japanese facilities at Munda.
Eleventh Air Force. The Eleventh attacks the Japanese Home
Islands for the first time as 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
raid Paramushiru, scoring hits on the South part of Shimushu
Island, Paramushiru Strait, and northern Paramushiru, in dead
reckoning runs when solid cloud cover prevents maximum altitude
attack. No antiaircraft fire encountered, no enemy aircraft
sighted. The B-25 Mitchell medium bombers stage through Attu
on returning to Adak. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, originally
slated to accompany the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers to Paramushiru,
and 5 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are on short notice
dispatched to attack a convoy off Attu. They claim 2 medium
freighters sunk in deck level strikes.
Sunk 10 July 1943
Launched 10 July 1943
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