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13th December 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 649 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, out of 710 dispatched, bomb port areas of Bremen and Hamburg and Kriegsmarine U-boat yards at Kiel. This is first Eighth Air Force mission in which more than 600 heavy bombers attack targets. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers escorting the heavy bombers reach the limit of their escort range for the first time.

Ninth Air Force. Nearly 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers attack Schiphol airfield. IX Fighter Command P-61 Black Widow, night fighter Black Widow, night fighter, working with VIII Fighter Command P-38 Lightning fighters, fly longest escort mission to date, escorting heavy bombers to and from Kiel.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb oil depot, harbour, warehouses, and railway yard at Sibenik and Split. P-40 and A-36 Apache dive bomber fighter-bombers attack defended points in Miglionico area, quays, roads, railway yard, and gun emplacements at Terracina; and bridges at Pontecorvo and West of Isolella. Town areas and bridges at and near Atina and Acquafondata are also hit.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Operations are restricted to weather reconnaissance.

Tenth Air Force. 20 Japanese bombers, escorted by 25 fighters, hit Dinjan airfield before United States interceptors make contact. However, little damage is done and the United States fighters catch the attackers shortly afterward. 12 Japanese bombers and 5 fighters are claimed knocked down.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Li-Chou and Kungan. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Wuchang airfield. 16 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe targets from Changte to Linli to Li-Chou.

Fifth Air Force. More than 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and several P-40 fighters bomb Gasmata. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit villages along Bogadjim Road. A small flight of P-39 fighters strafe barges along Huon Peninsula.

Thirteenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Porton, and their fighters escorts strafe Tenekow bivouac areas during return flight. 24 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bonis. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out low-level strikes against concentrations on Numa Numa.

Seventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, staging through Baker Island from Canton Island, bomb Wotje.

T15 Torpedo boat
Sunk 13 December 1943

R306 R-boat
Sunk 13 December 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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