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12th April 1943

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Koenigsberg again raided by the Soviet air force aircraft.

North Africa. The British Eighth Army occupied port of Sousse.

In the Mediterranean. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made night attacks on Palermo and Messina harbours.

Russian Front. Soviet troops beat off the Wehrmacht ground forces attack on Volkhov front, aimed at cutting Leningrad's lifeline with east.

Ion Antonescu, Rumanian Prime Minister, received at Adolf Hitler Headquarters.

Eighth Air Force. Board of 5 officers of Eighth Air Force and one of The British Royal Air Force (RAF) complete formulation of plan for Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan) from United Kingdom in accordance with mission prescribed by Combined Chiefs of Staff in Casablanca Directive.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb harbours at Bizerte, and Trapani, and hit shipping in Straits of Sicily. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb airfields at Oudna and Sainte-Marie du Zit. Aircraft of tactical units hit enemy movements and fly sweep and reconnaissance throughout Northeast Tunisia following attack during 11-12 April 1943 by British aircraft, mainly in Enfidaville, Zaghouan, and Bou Ficha areas.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 376th Group, sent to attack Naples harbour, are prevented by bad weather from bombing primary. About half return without bombing while the others hit Cosenza and Crotone. Other heavy bombers of same group, in subsequent mission, bomb Naples and secondary target of Pizzo. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command, are dispatched against Palermo. The primary is attacked, in spite of total cloud cover, but most of bomb tonnage is dropped in Messina harbour. In ground action, British 10 Corps captures Sousse and heads North.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Magwe. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe ammunition and supply dump at Walawbum.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe more than 20 vehicles 25 miles east of Loiwing.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound airfields at Rabaul and Gasmata, shipping in Saint George Channel, targets in Ubili and Talasea areas, shipping in Hansa Bay, airfields at Lae and Nubia, and Bogia harbour. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating individually, attack several targets, scoring hits on Madang dock area and at Toeal. Japanese planes attack Port Moresby in strength but do little damage.

Thirteenth Air Force. Single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue snooper strikes, hitting Kahili airfields twice during the evening.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 24 P-40 fighters, and 13 P-38 Lightning fighters fly 7 missions to Kiska. The fighters also strafe Little Kiska. Antiaircraft fire damages 1 P-40 and 1 P-38 Lightning fighters. The P-38 Lightning fighters force-lands safely.

M471 Minesweeper
Commissioned 12 April 1943

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