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16th June 1943

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Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). North West African Photo Reconnaissance Wing continues coverage of areas of mainland Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Koepang and Oeikoesi and, along with A-20 Havoc light bombers, hit barges and shore targets at several points along coasts of Northeast New Guinea and New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. General Jamison becomes Commanding General XIII Bomber Command. Search aircraft report nearly 250 Japanese aeroplanes at Rabaul and other airfields jammed with aircraft. In air action in the Solomons, about 120 Japanese aircraft converging on Allied vessels off Tulagi and Guadalcanal are met by more than 100 Allied fighters (Thirteenth Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), USN, and United States Marine Corps (USMC)). The skies over Savo Island, Tulagi, Cape Esperance, and Koli Point are filled with dogfights and flak from ship and ground guns. The battle results in the largest single day Allied aerial victory of the Solomons campaign. 79 aeroplanes are claimed shot down by Allied fighters, and antiaircraft claims 17 more. 6 Allied fighters are lost. The Japanese succeed in damaging 3 ships (2 of which have to be beached) and cause considerable destruction on Guadalcanal.

M307 Minesweeper
Launched 16 June 1943

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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