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13th March 1943

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Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces drove wedge into defences West of Kharkov; heavy attacks also delivered from North and South.

Eighth Air Force. 74 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit area around Amiens and Abbeville. Largest effort is aimed at Longeau railroad facilities and marshalling yard at Amiens. No aircraft are lost as fighters protection is excellent.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers are sent against shipping Northeast of Bizerte but fail to locate target. Fighters hit positions and movement in Mareth Line area, and fly patrols and reconnaissance.

Ninth Air Force. General Brereton, Commanding General, directs that Headquarters, Desert Air Task Force (DATF) be redesignated Advance Headquarters, Ninth Air Force, and that the Army Air Force tactical units with the Headquarters be designated Desert Air Task Force (DATF). B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Naples harbour through heavy clouds. P-40 fighters fly top cover and fighters sweep, and engage about 25 fighters in combat, claiming 3 destroyed but also losing 3.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack and slightly damage Pazundaung bridge.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields and shipping at Wewak. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs Gasmata airfield and warehouses on Wide Bay, while a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attacks shipping off Netherlands New Guinea.

Thirteenth Air Force. Vila and Munda airfields are again attacked by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers in light raids. Also bombed is Faisi Island.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on reconnaissance returns early because of adverse weather. 12 P-40 fighters strike Kiska beach, camp and runway. Hits are observed on these targets and among 14 parked aeroplanes. 8 P-38 Lightning fighters with 8 P-40 fighters flying top cover again take off for Kiska. Only 3 of the P-38 Lightning fighters reach the target and strafe aircraft on beach. Another sights a submarine South West of Rat Island.

T30 Torpedo boat
Launched 13 March 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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