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11th August 1943

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The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitos fighter-bombers raided Cologne and Duisburg. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellingtons carried out minelaying operations off Brest, Lorient and St Nazaire.

In Sicily. It was announced that Guardia had fallen. It was also reported German forces evacuation of Sicily was in progress covered by antiaircraft barrage.

Russian Front. Soviet troops cut the Kharkov-Poltava railway line and took Akhtyrka and Krasnokutsk.

War Cabinet in Quebec Conference begins. President Roosevelt and Mr Churchill discuss entire spectrum of world operations and decide on future action of Anglo United States armed forces.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) again hits command targets on toe of Italy. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Terni marshalling yard, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Angitola River bridges, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack bridge at Catanzaro. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighter-bomber's support United States Seventh Army's landing East of Orlando by attacking troop concentrations, gun positions, and command lines leading to the area. United States Seventh Army forces take Naso and press closer to Randazzo. Medium bombers support British Eighth Army by raiding Flumefreddo and Randazzo area.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 90 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridge, roads, railway, and city area in and about Randazzo. About 170 P-40 fighters hit Randazzo, shipping at Milazzo and Messina, road and train near Messina, and troop movements and evacuations in Northeast Sicily.

Fifth Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bomber on armed reconnaissance sinks enemy freighter north-west of Kavieng. Second Air Task Force completes movement to Tsili Tsili airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit supply area on East side of Suavanau Point and at Papatura Fa Island.

Eleventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-24 Banshee dive bomber, and P-38 Lightning fighters pound Kiska targets in 11 attack missions. Later, 10 reconnaissance, strafing and photo missions to Kiska are flown by 3 P-38 Lightning fighters, 26 P-40 fighters, 4 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft and 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Attu drop bombs and incendiaries on Paramushiru Island targets, including Kash-iwabara airfield and Shimushu Island where Kataoka naval base and staging area are hit. 40 enemy aircraft challenge the attackers, which score 4 confirmed kills, 1 probable, and 4 possibles

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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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