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16th January 1943

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Events On This Day

Strong force of British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out intensive raid on Berlin and surrounding areas for the loss of one aircraft, Target indicator bombs are used for the first time.

In Libya. It was announced that General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque Chad forces had made contact with the British Eighth Army.

Russian Front. Soviet Headquarters announced the opening of new offensive South of Voronezh town and rly. It was also announced that the centre of Rossosh had been captured.

In Australasia. Five Japanese surface ships sunk or damaged by Allied bombers at Rabaul.

The Iraq government announced itself to be at war with Germany, Italy and Japan.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers on shipping strike in Straits of Sicily fail to find ships. A-20 Havoc light bombers on armed reconnaissance return to base with bombs when no targets are sighted. Fighters and F4U Corsair fighter fly reconnaissance and patrols. Spitfires escort C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft on ferry runs.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Tripoli harbour and town area. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators of 178 Bomber Squadron bomb road junction and Benito Gate at Tripoli. P-40 fighters fly patrol, scramble, and fighter-bomber missions as British Eighth Army, having passed through enemy's main defences at Buerat, pushes toward Tripoli.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters intercept aircraft that attempt strike on Yunnani and claim 7 Zeros shot down in the air battle. Anticipating that the Japanese planes will land at Lashio airfield, Chennault sends 6 medium bombers and 11 fighters to that field in hopes of catching the enemy on the ground. Finding no aircraft there, the medium bombers and fighters attack town of Lashio. This is last raid by Chine Air Task Force (CATF) before fuel shortage grounds the fighters for the remainder of the month and the medium bombers for 33 days. India Air Task Force (IATF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Mandalay-Lashio and Sagaing-Ye-u branch railroad lines with 3 strikes on 16 and 17 Jan, knocking out 2 important rail hubs. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad yards at Maymyo.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Soputa Sanananda trail, Kurenada area, and area South of Kumusi River, after which United States and Australian ground forces open assault on Sanananda which falls the next day. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers again bomb supplies at Lae. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out single-plane attacks on airfields at Gasmata and town of Finschhafen, and cruiser ESE of Cape Orford.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers from Espiritu Santo join P-39 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters in Guadalcanal campaign, pounding the Japanese at Tassafaronga. Munda area is also bombed. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Buin-Faisi area, concentrating on Kahili airfield on Bougainville and Ballale airfield on Shortland Island.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers off to hit Kiska return due to weather. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies negative reconnaissance over Buldir, the Semichis, Attu, and Agattu.

M415 Minesweeper
Launched 16 January 1943

T29 Torpedo boat
Launched 16 January 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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