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14th February 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) de Havilland Mosquito bombers attacked railway workshops at Tours, heavy night raids on Cologne, Milan and Spezia carried out by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers.

North Africa. In South Tunisia the Wehrmacht launched attack from Faid and Sened on United States of America positions round Gafsa and Sbeitla.

Russian Front. Russians announced capture of Rostov and Voroshilovgrad from the Wehrmacht ground forces.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on shipping strike return with bombs when no vessels are sighted. Other medium bombers and heavy bomber operations are cancelled by bad weather. Fighters strafe vehicles and gun emplacements in El Guettar-Sened-Maknassy areas, and hit tanks and trucks near Sidi Saad. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb tanks in Faid Pass, trucks near Maknassy and South West of Faid, town of Maknassy, and railroad yards at Station de Sened. Enemy ground forces (armoured and infantry) begin drive, supported by artillery and dive bombers, against Allied forces East of Sidi bou Zid.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers unsuccessfully attack bridge at Myitnge. 14 fighter-bombers hit town area of Maingkwan and barracks to the Southwest.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers administer a thorough pounding to the Rabaul area, and also bomb Kokopo area, Watom Island, vessels off Kokopo and off Cape Nelson. Individual B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Madang area and hit sawmill at Ubili. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Lae.

Thirteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with light fighters protection, again attack Buin. Japanese fighters again put up rugged opposition and shoot down 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. As a result of the loss of 5 heavy bombers in 15 sorties in 2 days, all daylight bombing missions in North Solomons are halted till adequate fighters protection can be furnished. P-39 fighters and Navy aircraft bomb and strafe Munda airfield and hit antiaircraft position and other targets at Munda Point. P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy aircraft report hits on small vessel near Kahili and claim 11 shot down. 8 more Allied aeroplanes are lost.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance aeroplane turns back due to weather, as does morning patrol of 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters flying over Amchitka. Other missions from Adak are also called off. 7 enemy float-type planes bomb and strafe Constantine Harbour area without effect.

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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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