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15th February 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. The British Eighth Army occupied Ben Gardane in South Tunisia, Axis troops entered Gafsa, which was evacuated by Americans.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) long-range bombers raided Heho airfield.

In Australasia. Allied air force aircraft attacked Rabaul, Amboina, Kolombangara, Munda, and Dilli, Portuguese Timor.

Eighth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike shipping at Dunkirk.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit harbour and shipping at Palermo, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack Kairouan airfield. Fighters support Allied ground forces being pushed back from Faid-Sidi bou Zid area to position at Sbeitla, Kasserine, and Feriana. Enemy troops, vehicles, gun positions, and tanks are repeatedly attacked. Fighters hit similar targets in Gafsa-Bou Hamran area.

Ninth Air Force. Desert Air Task Force (DATF) is established with General Strickland as Commanding General. Whereas Desert Air Task Force Headquarters, organised22 October 1942, controlled United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF) tactical operations in the Western Desert, this new organisation, with Headquarters at Tripoli, supervises, operationally and administratively, all of Ninth Air Force West of, and including, Marble Arch. In addition the Commanding General is commander of all United States troops in the area. Colonel Hugo P Rush succeeds General Timberlake as Commanding Officer of IX Bomber Command, which begins functioning from its new station at Bengasi. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack harbour at Naples, scoring direct hits on 2 vessels. British Army ground forces resume operations toward Mareth Line as weather improves.

Tenth Air Force. For second consecutive day heavy bomber strikes against bridge at Myitnge cause little damage.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers again bomb town of Rabaul and hit area nearby West of Simpson Harbour. A single heavy bomber attacks Rapopo airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound shipping and town area at Amboina. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack town and airfield of Dili and pound supply dumps at Malahang. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers operating singly bomb runway at Finschhafen, and claim direct hit on vessel in Stettin Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, P-39 fighters, and P-40 fighters attack Vila airfield. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, hindered by effective antiaircraft fire, bomb airfields at Kahili and on Ballale Island. 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are lost.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is soon called off due to weather. All other missions cancelled. 6 float-type enemy aircraft bomb and strafe Amchitka, hitting runway and inflicting casualties.

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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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