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15th March 1943

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. Wehrmacht ground forces recapture Kharkov after four days of bitter house-to-house fighting against Russian troops, ending the month long Third Battle of Kharkov.

In China. It was reported that Chinese had gained important victory in Yangtze River front West of Hankow.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, with fighters escort, attack landing ground at Mezzouna. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers follow with attack on same target. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with fighters escort, hit shipping off North Tunisia. Fighters of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fly tactical reconnaissance over battle area as British 18 Army Group's II Corps (United States) prepares to attack East from Gafsa area. General Dunton is designated Commanding General of North West African Air Service Command (NAASC), to which are assigned Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, XII Air Force Services Command, all service groups, depot groups, arms and service units of XII Air Force Services Command, all maintenance, aircraft repair, aircraft assembly, embarkation, and mobile parachute servicing units, and base depots formerly assigned to Eastern Air Command (The British Royal Air Force (RAF)) and numerous The British Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by P-40 fighters of 79th Group (the group's first operation in the theatre) bomb Zarat. Fighters also fly strafing and bombing raids against ground targets.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Gokteik Viaduct and 8 others attack Myitnge. Neither target suffers effective damage. 8 fighter-bombers damage bridge at Kadrangyang.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, bomb shipping at Dobo and Wokam. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, on single-plane flights bomb Gasmata and Cape Gloucester.

Thirteenth Air Force. Single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber hit Munda and Vila airfields. P-38 Lightning fighters strafe airfields at Viru.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with 4 P-38 Lightning fighters flying top cover, bomb North Head, hitting Main Camp and gun emplacements. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers with 4 P-38 Lightning fighters for top cover then bomb Main Camp. Revetments and hangar area are strafed by the P-38 Lightning fighters one of which is lost to antiaircraft. Next, 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb and strafe Main Camp area and North Head. 4 P-40 fighters then unsuccessfully search for 3 enemy fighters which had earlier attacked weather aeroplane. Main Camp is hit two more times, by 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and by 8 P-38 Lightning fighters.

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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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