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15th June 1943

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Events On This Day

In Australasia. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Beaufighters strafed the Markham Valley, New Guinea.

Turkish Syrian frontier closed on Syrian side.

It was reported that the Germans had evacuated the Lofoten Islands.

Eighth Air Force. Additional modifications of YB-40 heavily armed escort bombers are completed in United Kingdom. It is now hoped that these B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers converted to heavily armoured aircraft with great firepower will solve the problem of long-range escort for bombers.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 14-15 June 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Milo, Sciacca, Castelvetrano, and Boccadifalco airfields. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters follow during morning hours with raids on same targets and hit Bo Rizzo airfield and radio stations near Marsala. Widespread photo reconnaissance of mainland Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia continues.

Twelfth Air Force. Colonel Harold A Barton takes command of XII Air Force Services Command.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers score 2 direct hits on bridge at Myitnge.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 12 P-40 fighters, support Chinese ground forces by bombing positions at Owchihkow.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Rabaul in predawn strikes and hit Kendari airfield in the evening. A single B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attacks power boat in Hanisch Harbour and strafes beach near Finschhafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ballale Island airfield.

M483 Minesweeper
Sunk 15 June 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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