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16th December 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 535 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack port area and targets at Bremen. Due to faulty command, 1 combat wing mistakenly assumes mission is being abandoned and returns to base without attacking.

Ninth Air Force. Basic directive for IX Bomber Command training is issued on this date. Since most of IX Bomber Commands combat units have been operational for some time earlier under VIII A Support Command extensive training will not begin until after the first of the year when inexperienced units begin to arrive.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb shipping at Zara and harbour and marshalling yard at Sibenik. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack gun positions near Mignano. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber hit gun batteries and strong points along British Eighth Army front South and East of Chieti, gun emplacements and troop concentrations all along United States Fifth Army front, especially Northeast and South of Cassino, and also bomb Roccasecca and docks at Civitavecchia. P-40 fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters hit vessel South of Zara and strafe targets on Peljesac Peninsula.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack railroad bridge and tunnel at Dogna and railroad between Dogna and Chiusaforte. Escorting P-38 Lightning fighters strafe trains and oil tanks between Portogruaro and Latisana. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, bomb Padua marshalling yard and rail junction Rail lines, rolling stock, and buildings are damaged extensively.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 11 P-40 fighters hit North West part of Owchihkow. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sweeps over South China Sea damage freighter South of Nampang Island, bomb Tunguan docks, and shoot down 1 bomber . 15 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe Pailochi airfield. 11 others strafe boats in channels North of Nanhsien. 6 P-38 Lightning fighters strafe troop train near Changanyi and attack 25 sampans (destroying most of them) on Yangtze River just above Huangtang Lake.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Cape Gloucester. Medium bombers hit Sio and Kelana Harbour. P-40 fighters hit Timoeka area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Monoitu. Smaller flights of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Poporang Island, Sohano Island, and dispersal areas at Bonis airfield. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters cover, hit Sankau Island. B-34 Lexington bomber attack targets on Green Island and in Mawareka, Marveiropa, and Mamaregu areas. Fighter aircraft support Navy dive bomber strikes on Sohano Island and gun positions at Bonis and afterwards strafe targets at several points on Bougainville.

R54 R-boat
Sunk 16 December 1943

R224 R-boat
Launched 16 December 1943

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