Large-scale daylight attacks by the British Royal Air Force
(RAF) bombers on Brest, Lorient, Ostend, Havre and Haarlem.
In biggest night operation of the year more than 603 British
Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers raided Skoda works at Pilsen
and Mannheim-Ludwigshafen 55 bombers missing.
Russian Front. Soviet troops repulsed Wehrmacht ground forces
counter-attacks in the Kuban area.
Benito Mussolini decreed that Sicily and Sardinia were operational
areas. Admiral Miklós Horthy, Regent of Hungary, at
Eighth Air Force. 2 groups of heavy bombers, totalling 77,
hit bridges, ports, and naval facilities at Lorient and Brest.
Fighter opposition strong.
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Tactical
Air Force (NATAF) fighters strafe trucks during 15
April 1943 and during following day. A-20 Havoc light bombers
and fighter-bombers bomb Djqobel el Raar and concentrations
located in various wadis in battle area. Northwest African
Coastal Air Force (NACAF) maintains sea reconnaissance and
patrols. Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb dock area at Palermo. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit
Oudna landing ground while P-38 Lightning fighters bomb vessels
near Cape Zebib and at Cape el Ahmar.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers attack tanker in Catania harbour,
scoring several hits on target and in surrounding area. Fighters
fly sea patrol. British Eighth Army abandons attempts to force
retreat from Enfidaville by quick jabs and prepares to launch
full-scale assault during 19
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters, bombing railroad bridge near Mogaung, score a direct
hit on the target and blow up both approaches, leaving the
bridge temporarily unserviceable. Later in the day the bridge
near Pinbaw is demolished by direct hits. 8 B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers hit Rangoon marshalling yard. 9 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers bomb Thazi rail junction, while 9 more, weathered
out of Maymyo, hit rail targets in Mandalay.
Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters strafe group of buildings East of Tengchung.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kaimana, Wewak, Madang, and Lae.
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound shipping at Wewak,
leaving 3 vessels sunk or in sinking condition. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers bomb Vila Salazar.
Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Kahili airfield.
Eleventh Air Force. Kiska is bombed and strafed 13 times.
A total of 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 12 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers, 32 P-40 fighters, 29 P-38 Lightning fighters,
and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft cover targets which include
installations in the Holtz Bay area and gun positions on North
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