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16th November 1943

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Events On This Day

Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF). Air Marshall Sir Leigh-Mallory is named Air commander-in-chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF). General Butler is Deputy Commanding General.

Eighth Air Force. 306 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack industrial areas of Knaben and Rjukan.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Sibenik and Eleusis airfields.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Istres Le-Tube airfield, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Salonde Provence airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters escort the Salon-de-Provence raid and also a Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack on Eleusis airfield.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 4 P-40 fighters attack docks at Kowloon. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage 2 freighters near Nampang and Saint John Islands, 2 more score hits on tanker off China coast South of Swatow, and 2 others bomb barracks and warehouse on Nampang Island. 6 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance in Yen Bay Dong Cuong area strafe railroad stations and barracks. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters hit cavalry unit, barge, houses, and numerous sampans at Shihmen. Li-Chou area also is attacked.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit installations near Finschhafen and bomb and strafe coastal track West of Reiss Point. P-39 fighters, with P-40 fighters covering, strafe barges from Saidor to Madang. P-38 Lightning fighters battle large force of fighters over Wewak, destroying 6. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters are lost.

Thirteenth Air Force. During 15-16 November 1943 P-70 Havoc night fighters harass Kahili airfield. In daylight, 20 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Ruka airfield, 20 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly sweeps over areas of Bougainville coastline, Buka Passage, and Sohano Island. Supply dumps and barges are hit. More than 30 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters also carry out sweeps over the area, hitting gun positions and other targets at Buka Passage, several targets along East coast, Kieta harbour, Tonolai harbour, and Ballale Island.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Nanumea and Nukufetau bomb Jaluit and Maloelap. Single aircraft hit Kwajalein, Little Makin, and Tarawa.

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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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