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16th August 1943

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Events On This Day

In Sicily. Announced fall of Kaggi and Castiglione. 8th Army Commandos landed near Messina, United States force near Milazzo.

Russian Front. In Bryansk area, Russians captured Zhizdra and Malye Luki. In Smolensk sector Tserkovshchina taken.

Eighth Air Force. 169 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, escorted all the way to the target by P-47 Thunderbolt fighters using drop tanks, hit Le Bourget air depot in the Paris area. Smaller strikes are made at Poix and Abbeville and Drucat airfields. Medium bombers hit locomotive works at Denain, and airfields at Beaumont-le-Roger, and Bernay, Saint Martin.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) medium bombers hit Staletti and temporary bridge at Angitola. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers and medium bombers hit shipping in Straits of Messina and from North of Messina to Capo Peloro. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters concentrate on command targets on toe of Italy, hitting trains, trucks, railroad yards, and sidings at Nicastro, Lamezia, Amantea, and Sambiase. Also bombed are barges, ferries, and small vessels off Messina and in Golfo di Sant' Eufemia.

Ninth Air Force. 86 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb city area and airfields at Foggia. Over 50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit landing craft concentrations near Ganzirri and Messina, and 100 P-40 fighters hit shipping at Messina and in Straits of Messina, as enemy continues withdrawal of rear guard troop to mainland Italy. Before midnight, United States patrols enter Messina, which is under fire from Italian coast.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Bombers hit and claim 2 small vessels sunk about 130 miles South of Rangoon.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb town of Tengehung.

Fifth Air Force. Oil tanks at Balikpapan are hit by 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Larat. 15 P-38 Lightning fighters and 32 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters intercept 25 fighters preparing to attack transport vessels near Tsili Tsili. The strike is completely thwarted and 12 fighters shot down. This marks first combat use of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighters in Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA).

Thirteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Papatura Fa Island. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 5 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, and 30 Navy planes attack Vila airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers reconnaissance flight reconnoitre North Head, Main Camp, and northern Kiska, and observes friendly forces unopposed advance into Main Camp.

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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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