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12th June 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers bombed Bochum (Central Ruhr) in severe night attack.

In Australasia. 25 Japanese air force planes shot down near the Russell Islands by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked by night. Other objectives bombed by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers in Arakan.

In China. Chungking announced that Chinese had pierced Japanese line on the Yangtse.

Russian Front. Soviet air force bombers attacked Gomel, Briansk and Karachev by night.

His Majesty the King, accompanied by the Secretary of State for War, Sir James Grigg. And the Secretary of State for Air, Sir A. Sinclair, arrived in North Africa from England, Mr. Churchill announced Axis lost 137 ships in the Tunisian campaign, totalling 433,400 tons.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) and Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, light bombers, medium bombers, and heavy bombers hit Lampedusa Island. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Castelvetrano, Boccadifalco, and Milo airfields.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by P-40 fighters, attack Lampedusa Island. The island surrenders unconditionally, and Coldstream Guards go ashore and take charge.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit runways at Nabire and Kaimana. A lone B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs and strafes barges South of Langemak Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighters, along with Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), United States Navy (USN), and United States Marine Corps (USMC) fighters, claim over 30 aircraft shot down during interception of enemy strike on Guadalcanal. 6 Allied fighters are lost.

M274 Minesweeper
Commissioned 12 June 1943

M327 Minesweeper
Launched 12 June 1943

M328 Minesweeper
Launched 12 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.
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