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13th August 1943

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In Sicily. United States troops entered Randazzo, Naso and Brolo announced capture of Riposto, Giarre, and Milo by 8th Army Floresta and Piraino by United States. United States warships bombarded Milazzo.

In the Mediterranean. Rome bombed in daylight by United States B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers led by Major General J. H. Doolittle 400-500 tons of bombs dropped.

Russian Front. Russians announced opening of new offensive drive against Smoiensk in which Spasdemensk fell. in Briansk sector Navlya occupied.

In Australasia. Balikpapan (Borneo) was raided by Liberators in 2,500 mile round trip. Heaviest raid to date on Salamaua (New Guinea)

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Lorenzi marshalling yard, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Littoria marshalling yard. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit vessel off Pizzo. P-40 fighters fly sweep over South Sardinia, strafing small boats, power station, and railroad junction Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers and medium bombers bomb Piedimonte, Falcone, and bridges North of Scaletta. A-36 Apache dive bomber and fighters hit targets in Northeast Sicily, Straits of Messina and on toe of Italy, including Gioia Tauro, Barcellona, road junction East of Randazzo, marshalling yard and trucks at Spadafora, trucks between Taormina and Baracca, and barges, ferries, and small vessels in the Strait of Messina. United States Seventh Army enters Randazzo with out opposition. Coastal forces continue East toward Patti.

Ninth Air Force. 61 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit aircraft factory at Wiener-Neustadt in first Ninth Air Force raid on Austria. Over 80 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Piedimonte, Falcone, and shipping at Messina. More than 200 P-40 fighters attack shipping and bridges along South West Italian coast, hit shipping in Straits of Messina, and fly armed reconnaissance and fighter-bomber operations in Northeast Sicily.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb and strafe enemy installations at Lungling.

Fifth Air Force. 59 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers drop 175 tons of bombs in Salamaua area in the heaviest single day strike by Fifth Air Force to date. 9 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil centre at Balikpapan during late night raid; the round trip covers 1,200 mile.

Thirteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters become the first Allied aircraft to land on the reconstructed Munda airfield, after refuelling, they are sent on a sweep of the Kolombangara coast. 9 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters cover, bomb Kape Harbour depot, 2 others on armed reconnaissance bomb Vila. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply areas in Rekata Bay area. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance hit Suavanau Point, 8 bomb Ballale Island airfield, and 13 bomb Kahili airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers from Adak bomb targets at Main Camp and North Head at Kiska and Little Kiska. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies a special reconnaissance mission. From Amchitka B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, A-24 Banshee dive bomber, and P-38 Lightning fighters fly 8 more bombing missions against Kiska pounding Camp area, gun emplacements, buildings, shipping, and airstrip revetments.

R6 R-boat
Sunk 13 August 1943

R207 R-boat
Launched 13 August 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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