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13th February 1943

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Events On This Day

Docks at Boulogne and St. Malo and iron works at Ymuiden, Holland, attacked by day, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out two night raids on Lorient.

North Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps rearguard withdrawing cowards Ben Gardane in South Tunisia.

Russian Front. Soviet troops captured Zolochev, on rly between Kharkov and ,Briansk, Novocherkassk, Northeast of Rostov, and Likhaya, North of Rostov.

In Australasia. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) aircraft attacked Japanese surface shipping in Shortland Island area of Solomons.

United States of America. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Liberator, and Mitchell bombers raided Kiska, Aleutians.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb El Aouina airfield. Fighters escort medium bombers, strafe tanks near Station de Sened, and destroy several trucks and staff cars in the Faid area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Naples area and Crotone airfield and city area under storm conditions. During late afternoon and early evening The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators hit Heraklion airfield. 1 heavy bomber hits Kastelli and Pediada airfield on return trip.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers from Gaya bomb Rangoon marshalling yard, scoring over 30 direct hits on the target. P-40 fighters hit Headquarters at Lonkin, burning 12 barracks. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit rolling stock in marshalling yard at Paukkan and along rail line from Shwebo to Sagaing.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers pound forces in and around Mubo while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Lae area. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs saw mill area at Ubili and a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hits targets in Rabaul area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with light fighters cover from Guadalcanal, bomb Buin and shipping in nearby Shortland Islands area. Fighter opposition is aggressive, 3 heavy bombers, plus 3 fighters, are shot down. This is the baptism of fire in the Solomons for the B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 424th Bomber Squadron, 307th Bomber Group.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance is flown over Kiska, Attu, Agattu, the Semichis, and Buldir Island. 5 heavy bombers, 6 medium bombers, and 10 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb and strafe Kiska targets including Camp area, landing strip, and shipping. Of 5 float-type fighters which attack, P-38 Lightning fighters shoot down 3. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters and 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly patrol mission over Amchitka and Little Kiska. A B-25 Mitchell medium bombers shoots down a floatplane.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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