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12th January 1943

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Events On This Day

Another night-time bombing raid carried out on the Ruhr and surrounding areas by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers.

In Libya. Murzuk, capital of Fezzan, and Sebha, military base, occupied by General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque Chad forces.

In the Mediterranean. Targets in Crete, Sicily, and Lampedusa Islands attacked by Allied aircraft.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Castel Benito airfield South of Tripoli, claiming destruction of at least 20 parked aeroplanes. Heavy bombers claim destruction of 14 attacking aircraft in aerial combat. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sent to hit shipping in Straits of Sicily and in Gulf of Gabes fail to find targets and return with bombs. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit bridges at La Hencha and Chaaba, completely destroying 1 bridge. Fighters fly patrols, reconnaissance, and C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft escort, and strafe moored seaplanes and destroy numerous trucks during sweep over Ben Gardane area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters carry out 3 scramble interceptor missions, claiming 2 fighters shot down. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command, hit Tripoli.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, in single-plane actions, bomb Finschhafen and Madang areas.

South Pacific (SOPAC). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters attack Munda. Other P-39 fighters hit forces on Guadalcanal.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers cover a small United States Army and Navy force landing unopposed at Amchitka. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters escorts also on this cover mission turn back due to weather. Weather reconnaissance is flown over Attu, Agattu, Semichis and, lastly, over Kiska Harbour, where 4 ships are observed.

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Launched 12 January 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.
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