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16th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. More than United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 130 heavy bombers attack port area and Chateau-Bougon airfield, more than 70 hit La Pallice harbour installations and Laleu airfield near La Rochelle, and 21 strike at Cognac, Chateaubernard airfield. Nearly 70 medium bombers attack Beaumont-le-Roger and Triqueville airfields. 5 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers fly night mission with 340 The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers against Modane marshalling yard. This mission is flown from United Kingdom at the request of General Eisenhower. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers groups in United Kingdom (44th, 93d, and 389th) are sent on loan to North Africa for second time at General Eisenhower's request for support of the crucial campaign in this theatre.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of XII Bomber Command hit bridges, rail line, marshalling yard, trains, and railroad-highway intersection in Benevento area, and roads and railway facilities in Caserta area. Medium bombers hit roads, railroads, junctions, and bridges at Isernia, Formia, Mignano, and Capua. XII A Support Command fighter-bombers maintain continuous sweeps over Salerno beachhead and surrounding battle zone while other United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) elements of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) (fighters, light bombers, and medium bombers) blast enemy aircraft, motor transport, troop concentrations and command targets in Contursi and Eboli areas. United States and British make patrol contact near Vallo della Lucania. United States Fifth Army ties in with Taranto invasion force to form Allied line across South Italy.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit road junctions and a supply dump at Potenza, following The British Royal Air Force (RAF) raid of previous night.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters hit warehouses, barracks, ammunition dumps, and Headquarters at Liujenpa.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound enemy positions at Lae, after which the airfield and town (evacuated by Japanese) are occupied by Australian forces. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out light strike on Sorong.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join Navy fighters in covering Navy dive bombers strike on Ballale Island airfield.

Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)
was used against the British battleship HMS Warspite, and she was severely damaged.

R19 R-boat
Sunk 16 September 1943

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Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)

R19 R-boat

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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