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13th January 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the corvette HMS Marigold which was sunk on 9 December 1942 after being torpedoed by Italian aircraft off Algiers, Algeria.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers Lille, St. Omer, and Abbeville, Essen and the Ruhr had concentrated night raid by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers.

Russian Front. Soviet troops in Stalingrad broke through to the western suburbs and consolidated their positions against the Wehrmacht to ground forces.

In Australasia. Allied bombers and fighters made heavy raids on Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea, and Gasmata, New Britain.

Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 64 heavy bombers drop approximately 125 tons of bombs on the steel works, locomotive works, and marshalling yard at Lille. Locomotive construction and repair work are seriously impaired.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P 38 escort, bomb partially sunken freighter between Tunisia and Sicily. Fighters fly uneventful reconnaissance and patrol.

Ninth Air Force. Weather prevents B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from attacking Tripoli and also causes B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sent to bomb Bir Dufan to abort. P-40 fighters fly cover for The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Baltimores.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Sanananda Point area and forces along Sanananda track. heavy bombers and medium bombers hit dock facilities at Lae and airfields at Lae and Salamaua.

Thirteenth Air Force. Thirteenth Air Force, XIII Bomber Command, and XIII Fighter Command are activated in South Pacific. Thirteenth Air Force Headquarter is established on Espiritu Santo, Fighter Command Headquarter on New Caledonia, and Bomber Command Headquarter on Espiritu Santo. Commandrs are, General Twining, Thirteenth Air Force, Colonel Harlan T McCormick, Bomber Command, Colonel Dean C Strother Fighter Command. P-39 fighters strafe forces on the beach at Kokumbona and hit Visale in support of ground offensive. Also medium bombers and fighters hit airfields and adjacent areas at Munda, and pound Rekata Bay area.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers and 4 fighters are in the air. Weather reconnaissance airplane returns West of Kiska due to high winds. Constantine Harbor is patrolled until weather forces aircraft to return. Attack on Kiska is can celled.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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