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12th October 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command operations are cancelled by weather. XII A Support Command and other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) elements (Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) and Desert Air Force (DAF) operate on reduced scale, hitting road junctions at Vasto and Fossacesia, Aquino Airfield, motor transport on Itri-Pico road and on road North of Rome in Bolsena and Capranica areas, roads near Tarquinia, rail facilities at Cisterna di Latina, trains between Pescara and Benedello, and guns and troops near Cercemaggiore.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb warehouse area and railroad yards at Myitkyina.

Fifth Air Force. Allied Air Force begins major air offensive against Rabaul with aim of isolating and neutralising Bismarck Archipelago. Almost 350 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes pound the town, harbour, and airfields in the area. More than 50 aircraft are destroyed, 3 ships are sunk and several damaged, and several small harbour craft are sunk. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly small strikes against targets on Timor and other areas of Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Thirteenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers skip bomb 2 small vessels in Matchin Bay.

R220 R-boat
Launched 12 October 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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