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10th July 1943

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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 airfields.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 9-10 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.

M153 Minesweeper
Sunk 10 July 1943

R128 R-boat
Launched 10 July 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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