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11th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Beaumont-le-Roger airfield. 19 others bomb Le Trait shipyards when primary target, Rouen power station, is obscured by clouds.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Benevento marshalling yard and bridge and highway junction nearby. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit highways and junctions at Castelnuovo, Ariano, Mignano, and Isernia. P-40 fighters fly uneventful sweep over South Sardinia. United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) aeroplanes of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) continue to provide beachhead cover in Salerno area, hit road command throughout the day, and attack road and rail bridges, junctions, airfield, and town areas at Sapri, Corleto, Perticara, Auletta, and Gioia del Colle.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 11 P-40 fighters attack Hankow docks and Wuchang cotton mills. 3 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb ammunition and fuel depots at Tayeh and strafe warehouses and barracks at Yangsin.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Makassar. Australian forces cross Francisco River to Salamaua airfield as Japanese forces begin to evacuate Salamaua and withdraw toward Lae.

Thirteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound area West of Vila airfield and West of Disappointment Cove. The airfield is hit again in the evening by 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 25 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Kahili airfield. Heavy bombers and fighters claim 7 aircraft shot down. P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters support Navy dive bombers in striking gun positions at Hamberi.

Eleventh Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Paramushiru for the third and last time this year. 6 heavy bombers bomb Kashiwabara staging area. Shipping is bombed and strafed in Kashiwabara harbour and Paramushiru Straits. 1 freighter and 1 large transport is sunk while 1 transport and 2 cargo ships are damaged. 2 other cargo vessels sustain possible hits. Targets hit on land include 2 buildings and a antiaircraft battery on Shimushu. Of 40 fighters giving battle, 13 are shot down and 3 more are probables. 2 heavy bombers force land in USSR, one with mechanical defect, the other after being hit. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is downed by antiaircraft fire. Losses are 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in this most disastrous day for the Eleventh. It will be another 5 months before it is able to strike at the Kurils again.

Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)
was used during the invasion of Salerno and the light cruiser Savannah was badly damaged also the Philadelphia suffered a near miss but damage was still caused.

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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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