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15th July 1943

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Events On This Day

Poix and Abbeville airfields (France) attacked by the British Royal Air Force (RAF). The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Halifaxes bombers attacked Peugeot vehicle works at Montbéliard (France). The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancasters bombers attacked North Italian electrical transformer stations.

In Sicily. It was announced that Melilli, Biscari airfield, Vizzini, and commander and staff of 54th Naples Division, had been captured.

Russian Front. North of Orel, Soviet troops advanced 28 miles on 25 miles front; and East of Orel, 12-15 miles, on 20 mile front, five Wehrmacht divisions routed and strong Wehrmacht defences pierced. It was claimed 12,000 Wehrmacht troops had been killed and 2,000 taken prisoner, 104 Panzer tanks and 294 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed in course of the offensive to date. The Wehrmacht ground forces assaults in Bielgorod area continued without success. In Orel-Kursk area Wehrmacht ground forces went over to defensive.

In Australasia. It was announced that Mubo (New Guinea) was encircled, and Greenhill, important point in Mubo defence system was captured. 45 Japanese air force aircraft destroyed over Rendova Island.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 14-15 July 1943, Wellingtons of Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) hit airfields and docks at Naples while Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers and medium bombers bomb Palermo and fly armed reconnaissance, attacking roads and convoys, over extensive areas of Sicily. During the day, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) medium bombers bomb Vibo Valentia, while heavy bombers hit Villa San Giovanni. Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) fighters fly numerous strafing and bombing missions against trains, road junctions, radar installations, truck convoys, railway stations, and targets throughout Sicily. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) aeroplanes fly sea patrols, reconnaissance, convoy escort, and hit shipping off West coast of Corsica and East coast of Saldinia.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike main airfield and 2 satellite fields at Foggia. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Palermo, Cape Gallo, Salina Island, and Cape Zafferano. P-40 fighters patrol over Licata area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit positions along Orodubi-Komiatum Track.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-40 fighters, and P-38 Lightning fighters strafe 2 barges Northeast of Ganongga, leaving them sinking. A large enemy force, estimated at 27 bombers and 40-50 Zeros, is intercepted over Vella Lavella by Army Air Force and other Allied fighters, which claim 15 bombers and 30 Zeros destroyed, against 3 losses.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 2 P-39 fighters fly reconnaissance over Kiska and Segula Island. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 14 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kiska targets including antiaircraft batteries at North Head, Jeff Cove and Gertrude Cove. Fires are started. 1 bomber turns back with 3 engines and jettisons bombs, another crashes on return. Antiaircraft fire damages a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.

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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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