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11th May 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. First Army patrols made complete circuit of Cape Bon peninsula. First and Eighth Armies closed in on Afrika Corps still resisting near Zaghouan.

Russian Front. Soviet Air Force raided railways at Briansk, Orel, Kharkov, Krasnograd, Poltava, Lozovaya, and Dnepropetrovsk.

In Burma. In the Arakan peninsula allied troops withdrew from Maungdaw.

United States of America. American ground forces landed on Japanese occupied island of Attu, in the Aleutians.

It was announced that Mr. Churchill had arrived in Washington.

It was announced that troops from Barbados had embarked for Dominica in connexion with the Martinique affair.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Marsala, hitting warehouse, docks, railroad yards, seaplane base, and city area. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe harbour at San Michele. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and light bombers attack vehicles, gun positions and troop concentrations in Zaghouan Sainte-Marie du Zit area and on Cap Bon as British 4th Division completes uneventful sweep around Cap Bon peninsula, revealing no important forces there. Resistance in Zaghouan sector weakens.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike Catania harbour, severely damaging harbour area and several ships. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike battle area in Northeast Tunisia. P-40 fighters fly escort and armed reconnaissance, and carry out bombing and strafing missions in Cap Bon area against motor transport, concentrations, roads, docks, and antiaircraft batteries.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Syriam, causing large fires in the town area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields and general area at Rabaul. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Penfoei and Dili.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers fly harassing strikes during 10-11 May 1943 against Kahili airfield and against Shortland Island.

Eleventh Air Force. The following missions support United States forces landing on Attu: 1 air ground liaison sortie by 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers supply sortie dropping supplies to ground forces, and 5 attack missions, flown by 11 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . First attack mission cannot find target and instrument bombs targets which include runway, radar, submarine base, and camp area. Because of poor visibility next 2 missions hit Kiska, where runway and Main Camp are attacked. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers then bomb Chichagof Harbour area through fog while another drops leaflets on Attu.

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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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