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13th September 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 1st, 2d, and 3d Bomber Divisions are activated in United Kingdom. They are formed from complements of VIII Bomber Commands 4 bomber wings. Each bomb division is organised into combat bomber wings. Commanding Officers of the Bomber Divisions are General Williams (1st), General Hodges (2d), and Colonel Curtis E LeMay (3d).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of XII Bomber Command bomb roads in Torre del Greco area highway at Sala Consilina, and road junction, railway and bridge at Atena Lucana. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack viaduct, rail and road junctions, and rail lines in Pompeii-Castellammare di Stabia Torre Annuziata areas. XII A Support Command A-36 Apache dive bomber destroy 25 to 30 vehicles near Potenza, and fighters maintain convoy patrol. United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) light bombers and medium bombers of Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) hit town areas, road junctions, and vehicles in Auletta-Pompeii-Sala Consilina-San Severino Rota areas. Over 80 troop transports drop contingents of 82d Airborne Division South of Sele River to strengthen bridgehead in face of enemy counter-attacks which threaten United States Fifth Army beachhead in Salerno area.

Ninth Air Force. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers, under IX Bomber Command, hit Potenza. Colonel Frederick M Byerly replaces Colonel Charles D McAllister as commander of IX Fighter Command.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb airfields and ammunition dumps in Wewak area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Lae.

Eleventh Air Force. General Johnson succeeds General Butler as Commanding General of the Eleventh.

Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)
was used against the light cruiser HMS Uganda, and she was severely damaged.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the hospital ship HMHS Newfoundland which was severely damaged.

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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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