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11th June 1943

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At night, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers heavily attacked Düsseldorf more than two square miles devastated, and Munster, 43 bombers missing.

In the Mediterranean. After 13 days of intense bombardment. Italian island of Pantelleria surrendered with 15,000 troops, enemy reports indicated 1,000 aircraft took part in final attack. Lampedusa bombarded from the sea.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Japanese Headquarters on the Chindwin.

New Argentine Government recognised by Britain and United States of America.

Eighth Air Force. 168 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) aircraft of VIII Bomber Command hit Wilhelmshaven U-boat yards. Smaller raid is made on port area of Cuxhaven. The raid on Wilhelmshaven demonstrates difficulty of operating beyond range of fighters escort as enemy fighters attacks prevent accurate bombing of the target.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Attack during 10-11 June 1943 on Pantelleria by Wellingtons is followed by morning and afternoon attacks by fighters and bombers of Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF), in conjunction with naval bombardment of the island.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa. Fighters escort the medium bombers to Pantelleria and fly over during bomb runs. After British 1st Division is landed unopposed, Pantelleria surrenders unconditionally.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit ramp on the Salween River, trucks at Mangshih, and warehouses at Tungling.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again bomb airfields in Rabaul and hit targets at Gasmata and along shore of Keravia Bay. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound areas along Huon Gulf coast, hitting Kela Point, Salamaua, and bridge at Nuk Nuk. Koepang is thoroughly blasted by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers while Penfoei and Dili airfields are hit by light B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attacks. P-40 fighters strafe submarine off Cape Nelson.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , 10 P-40 fighters, 4 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft fly weather, photo, reconnaissance, and attack missions to Kiska. Main targets are Gertrude Cove and Main Camp, South Head, North Head, runway, and offshore barges. Fighter bombing and strafing, and subsequent bomber runs over emplacements, are effectively coordinated.

M366 Minesweeper
Commissioned 11 June 1943

M455 Minesweeper
Commissioned 11 June 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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