North Africa. In South Tunisia the British eighth Army troops managed to repelled
attacks at Ksar Ghilane with heavy loss to Field Marshal Erwin
Russian Front. Soviet troops occupied Biely,
in Smolensk region, in the Donetz basin. The Wehrmacht ground forces threat to
Eighth Air Force. A few P-47 Thunderbolt fighters
take part for first time in fighters sweep from United Kingdom. Aircraft-to-aircraft
communication proves impossible because of VHF radio malfunctions.
African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers bomb El Aouina airfield and La Marsa landing ground, destroying
several parked aeroplanes, and hit town of Gafsa. Fighters escort the B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers and carry out numerous reconnaissance missions.
Ninth Air Force. Flight echelon of 340th Bomber Group (M) begins arriving in Egypt.
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers
strike Rangoon area at 2 points. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Pazundaung
bridge. 4 others pound runways, buildings, and revetments at Mingaladon airfield.
After the attack, several fighters attack the flight. The heavy bombers claim
3 shot down. Chine Air Task Force (CATF) is absorbed by Fourteenth Air Force.
Fourteenth Air Force. Fourteenth Air Force is activated at Kunming with
General Chennault as Commanding General. P-40 fighters from Kunming fly armed
reconnaissance into Burma, crossing the Salween and covering areas South West
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields and shipping at Wewak. Single heavy
bombers attack shipping off New Guinea.
Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance
aeroplane is attacked by 5 aircraft. Kiska attack mission is flown by 10 B-25
Mitchell medium bombers, 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 12 P-38 Lightning fighters
(4 of them flying top cover), and 1 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft. 8 of the P-38
Lightning fighters strafe ground installations. The B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
bomb radar site and pound North Head, silencing antiaircraft fire. The B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers hit Main Camp area. 4 Amchitka based P-40 fighters bomb submarine
base. Go To: 11th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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