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16th May 1943

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The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS Splendid which was sunk south of Isola di Capri, Italy by depth charges from the by the Kriegsmarine destroyer Hermes ZG-3 formerly the British-built Greek destroyer Vasilefs Georgios on 21 April 1943.

Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16-17 May 1943 by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster bombers, later known as the Dambusters , using a specially developed bouncing bomb invented and developed by Barnes Wallis. The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley, while the Sorpe dam sustained only minor damage eight out of 19 Lancaster's lost.

In Burma. In Arakan British troops raided Maungdaw from the sea.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Trapani during 15-16 May 1943. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) planes fly sea patrol, reconnaissance, and convoy escort.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters escort shipping off Mediterranean coast.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF). Lancasters breach Mohne and Edersee dams, flooding large portions of Ruhr Valley.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kendari airfield area. Single heavy bombers attack coastal or offshore targets in Northeast New Guinea, New Britain, and New Ireland.

Eleventh Air Force. Air ground liaison B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Chichagof Harbour with unobserved results. Another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers drops supplies to ground forces on Attu. 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters fly ground support missions to Attu. Because of weather, only the P-38 Lightning fighters get through and strafe antiaircraft guns, installations and barges, scoring several hits. The bombers are directed to bomb Kiska. 2 P-40 fighters fly reconnaissance mission over Kiska.

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Möhne Dam

Edersee Dams

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