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14th April 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made heavy night raid on Stuttgart 23 bombers missing. Soviet air force aircraft raided Danzig and Königsberg.

North Africa. First Army troops captured peak of Jebel Ang North West of Mejez-el-Bab.

In Australasia. From 75 to 100 Japanese air force aircraft raided Milne Bay, New Guinea 30 Japanese air force aircraft destroyed or damaged.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 13-14 April 1943, Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) Hurricanes and Bisleys bomb La Sebala airfield and attack transport on Tunis-Pont-du-Fahs road, and Western Desert Air Force (WDAF) Light bombers hit airfields at Sainte-Marie du Zit and Korba during 13-14 April 1943. During the day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Elmas, Monserrato, and El Aouina airfields. P-38 Lightning fighters escort heavy bombers and fly bombing and strafing mission against beached vessel Southeast of Cape Zebib. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Bordj Toum. Fighter-bombers hit motor convoy near Grich el Oued and trucks Northeast of Dechret Ben Saidane and battery East of Djedeida. Fighters fly reconnaissance and sweeps throughout Tunisian battle area. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) planes maintain sea reconnaissance and patrols.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly convoy escort, and carry out fighters sweeps over area as British Eighth Army's 10 Corps continues to make quick jabs at positions at Enfidaville. These attempts to force enemy retreat are unsuccessful.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, dropping 1,000 lb bombs, hit airfields at Myitkyina and Manywet, rendering runways at both unusable.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe pack horses South of Tengchung, barracks and warehouses in Lungling, and cattle and trucks North of Lungling.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and medium bombers carry out widespread but unsuccessful attacks on individual enemy vessels. Japanese aircraft carry out heavy attack on Milne Bay area, severely damaging 1 vessel, beaching 1 vessel, and hitting 2 others, but doing very little damage to Army Air Force facilities in the area. Antiaircraft defences and the 40 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters that intercept the enemy strike claim 14 aeroplanes shot down.

Thirteenth Air Force. XIII Air Force Services Command is activated.

Eleventh Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, 17 P-38 Lightning fighters, 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly 10 missions to Kiska, bombing and strafing runway, North Head area, installations, parked seaplanes, and facilities on Little Kiska.

Zone of Interior. Weather Wing is activated to assume responsibility from Headquarters Army Air Force or supervision of Army Air Forces Weather Service (AAFWS) (established in 1937 and designated Army Air Forces Weather Service AAF-WS in 1942).

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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