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16th October 1943

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Joint Chiefs of Staff sends to General Eisenhower a proposed directive, submitted by General Arnold on 9 October 1943, for establishment of a new Air Force (Fifteenth) in Italy to be used when needed as part of Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan) against strategic targets in Germany.

Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force is established in United Kingdom as tactical Air Force with General Brereton as Commanding General. 3d Bomber Wing is transferred from VIII A Support Command to IX Bomber Command commanded by General Frederick L Anderson. IX Fighter Command is reformed in United Kingdom. IX Troop Carrier Command (constituted on 11 October 1943) is activated in United Kingdom with General Giles as Commanding General. IX Air Service Command is reformed in United Kingdom under General Miller.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb marshalling yard and rail lines, railroad tunnel, highway underpass, warehouses, industrial buildings, and gas works in or near Bologna. P-38 Lightning fighters bomb a vessel in Leukas Channel off West coast of Greece. XII A Support Command and other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) elements provide close support to United States Fifth and British Eighth Armies. Fighters, light bombers, and medium bombers hit command centres of Venafro, Vairano, Sparanise, Latina, Alife, and town of Pietravairano roads, railroads, and junctions in areas Southeast of Rome to bomb line, between Vasto and Pescara, and at Mondragone gun positions, trucks, and military concentrations near Vinchiaturo, Boiano, and Termoli, landing ground of Cisterna di Latina and several other targets in area between Rome and Ancona.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Fighter patrols are increased from 4 to 8 aircraft with little effect on enemy marauders over the Hump. 3 A-36 Apache dive bomber fail to return from mission over Sumprabum.

Fifth Air Force. More than 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Alexishafen area, hit coastal targets between Reiss Point and Sio, and bomb airfields at Wewak. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Gasmata. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers destroys a patrol craft between Hoskins and Rabaul.

Thirteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kara airfield. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ballale Island airfield.

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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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