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15th January 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the destroyer HMS Partridge was sunk on 18 December 1942 after being attacked by the Kriegsmarine U-565 and sank west of Oran, Algeria.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers raided Cherbourg by day and Lorient by night.

In Libya. Eighth Army started a new offensive at Buerat.

In the Mediterranean. The British Royal Navy submarines sank three enemy supply ships and damaged three more.

In India. Three Japanese aircraft shot down by one fighter pilot in Calcutta district.

In Australasia. Widespread raids by United States of America heavy bombers and fighter aircraft on Japanese bases in Solomons Islands.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack rail road and highway bridge across Oued el Akarit, North North West of Gabes. Escorting P-38 Lightning fighters fight long battle with fighters. 2 medium bombers and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters are shot down. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers fly 3 counter-shipping missions North and Northeast off Tunisia, claiming 1 vessel left in flames. Escorting fighters strafe trucks and claim 10 aircraft shot down. Fighters fly several reconnaissance and patrol operations, intercept enemy aeroplanes attacking airfields in Labasse area, and escort transport aircraft.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour at Tripoli, scoring hits on vessels and on shore areas near the harbour. P-40 fighters fly sweep and fighter-bomber operations as British Eighth Army begins assault on Buerat line and drive on Tripoli. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command, hit road junction at Tripoli.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit shipping in Rangoon area, claiming 1 vessel sunk and another damaged. 6 P-40 fighters bomb barges at Bhamo, 6 others bomb Nsopzup, 3 more hit footbridges and targets at Taihpa Ga, Yupbang Ga, and other points in North Burma.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers strafe Sanananda Point area as United States troops envelop pockets along Soputa-Sanananda road. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb supply dumps at Lae while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit airfields at Gasmata. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out single-plane attacks on bridge construction at Wewak and runway at Cape Gloucester.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, P-40 fighters, P-39 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters attack shipping in central Solomons 1 heavy bomber bombs Ballale Island. Other P-39 fighters hit forces in Guadalcanal battle area and attack vessel off Kolombangara.

Eleventh Air Force. A total of 8 P-38 Lightning fighters, 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers patrol Constantine Harbour, fly reconnaissance over Kiska, where 1 ship is sighted, and fly negative armed reconnaissance runs over Attu, the Semichis, and Buldir.

R213 R-boat
Launched 15 January 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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