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14th May 1943

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Events On This Day

In Australasia. Australian hospital ship Centaur torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-177 off Brisbane.

Eighth Air Force. Maximum force is put in air as part of combined offensive against Wehrmacht. 198 heavy bombers of VIII Bomber Command plus a small group of medium bombers launch simultaneous attacks on 4 targets. The principal attack is against submarine yards and naval installations at Kiel with other objectives being Courtrai airfield, former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp, and the Velsen power station at Ijmuiden. This is first time more than 200 United States bombers are dispatched. The attack at Ijmuiden is made at low level by 11 B-26 Marauder medium bombers of 322d Bomber Group, first United States medium bombers group to become operational in United Kingdom. No medium bombers are lost during attack though 1 medium bombers crashes while landing on return to base.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 13-14 May 1943, Wellingtons hit Cagliari. During day, P-38 Lightning fighters bomb tunnel, barracks, airfield, industry, power station, and town areas at Sassari, Alghero, Porto Torres, and Abbasanta. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters escorts bomb dock and town area of Olbia, claiming destruction of 3 vessels. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Porto Ponte Romano while B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Civitavecchia.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly sea patrol and escort for bombers.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers administer thorough pounding to airfield and surrounding area at Gasmata while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound Rabaul airfield. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Penfoei airfield and Dili area. Single heavy bombers hit various targets in NE New Guinea, New Britain and Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Thirteenth Air Force. Single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly early evening snooper strikes against airfields at Kahili, Ballale, and Munda. During 14-15 May 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers on snooper mission bomb Kahili.

Eleventh Air Force. Poor weather curtails bombings. Air-ground liaison B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies reconnaissance and photo reconnaissance over Attu throughout the day. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carrying supplies for ground forces hits mountain side 10 miles West of dropping zone. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly ground support bombing missions over Attu. 2 P-40 fighters bomb Kiska through overcast.

M8 Minesweeper
Sunk 14 May 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.
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