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15th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Almost 140 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack aircraft engine works, Renault motor works, and ball bearing plant at Parix. Comparable numbers of aircraft bomb airfields at Chartres and Romilly-sur-Seine. About 70 B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Merville airfield. Mission to Lille is abandoned due to bad weather. Small number of heavy bombers fly night mission with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) against Montlucon Dunlop tire factory.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of XII Bomber Command bomb highways and railroad at Torre del Greco while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit highways and road junctions at or near Torre Annunziata, Battipaglia, Eboli, Serre, Auletta, and Polla. XII A Support Command and other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) elements attack buildings, railroads, highways and motor transport in support of United States Fifth Army as the Wehrmacht counter attacks astride Sele River subside. British Eighth Army forces reach Sapri, threatening the enemy with entrapment between United States and British forces.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit marshalling yard at Potenza and attack railroads and warehouses in areas around Potenza, Altamura, Gravina di Puglia, and Matera.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Haiphong cement plant. More than 50 Japanese fighters attack the heavy bombers, shooting down 4 of them. The 1 returning B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claims 10 fighters downed. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 14 P-40 fighters attack Wucnang cotton mill area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, bomb airfields in Wewak area, destroying 10 enemy aircraft on the ground. 14 more are claimed destroyed in air combat. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Lae area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink about 15 barges between Alexishafen and Finschhafeu, blast ammunition and supply dump near Bogadjim, and attack antiaircraft positions at Bostrem Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Vila, Kahili, and Kara airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, later pound Kahili runway area, others hit Parapatu Point. During the night, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Kahili airfield twice and heavy bombers bomb airfields on Buka and Ballale. Ballale Island airfield is also hit by Navy dive bombers, supported by Army Air Force, Navy and Marine fighters. Bivouac area, revetments, supply dumps and gun positions are hit. Runway appears badly damaged by the strikes.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the transport ship SS James W. Marshall which was severely damaged.

R304 R-boat
Launched 15 September 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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