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16th March 1943

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Events On This Day

Two large enemy supply ships torpedoed by light naval forces in North Sea.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes bombers bombed railway workshops at Paderborn, West Germany, in daylight.

Russian Front. Soviet shock troops held Wehrmacht to ground forces attacks South of Kharkov and West of Byelgorod.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack shipping between Tunisia and Sicily, leaving 2 small vessels aflame. Weather prevents completion of other bomber operations. Fighters fly reconnaissance and patrols but bad weather hides enemy ground activity.

Ninth Air Force. 1st Provisional Training Unit is established to train replacement crews for medium bombers and fighters groups. Personnel is drawn from Headquarters Squadrons of IX Fighter Command, 9th Fighter Wing, and 8th Fighter Wing. P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber operations against enemy positions as British ground forces prepare to conduct limited attacks as a preliminary to main assault against Mareth Line.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers damage approaches to Pazundaung bridge. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Myitnge bridge, scoring at least 2 hits, but the structure remains intact. P-40 fighters hit positions North of Sumprabum.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe Mong Yaw storage area and docks, warehouse area, and rail-river terminal (for phosphate mines) at Lao Kay.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lae. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Rapopo airstrip and attack Ubili, sub off Cape Turner, town of Marienberg, and Cape Gloucester area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers unsuccessfully attack cargo ships between Bitsjaroe Bay and Fak.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on harassing raids bomb Kahili, Vila, and Ballale airfields.

Eleventh Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 8 P-40 fighters and 32 P-38 Lightning fighters (cover/escort) sorties are flown to Kiska in one weather reconnaissance and 2 attack missions from Adak, and in 3 more missions from Amchitka. Targets hit are North Head, Main Camp area, radar sites and submarine base. On last Amchitka mission 1 enemy floatplane is shot down with 2 more probables 4 heavy bombers are hit and 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers does not return.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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