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17th April 1943

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Soviet air force aircraft carried out night raids on Danzig and Königsberg.

In the Mediterranean. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers made night raid on Catania.

Eighth Air Force. 106 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Focke-Wulf factory at Bremen in the Eighth's largest mission to date. 63 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed during bomb run, shooting down 15 bombers while flak claims another. Commanding General, VIII Fighter Command, expresses need for 20 fighters groups to neutralise growing Luftwaffe fighters opposition to Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan).

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 16-17 April 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb North quay in Bizerte harbour. Shortly after noon B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping and docks at Ferryville and Palermo. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town area and marshalling yard at Mateur. Fighters provide escort. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) Bisleys bomb La Sebala airfield and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Ksar Tyr and concentrations Northeast of Grich el Oued. Fighters fly escort and reconnaissance missions. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) aeroplanes fly sea patrol and reconnaissance and attack shipping in Strait of Sicily.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers (including The British Royal Air Force (RAF) 178 Squadron, under IX Bomber Command control bomb Catania. P-40 fighters fly sweeps, sea patrol, and fighter-bomber missions.

Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers bomb Myitnge bridge, scoring 4 damaging hits. 10 others hit Myitnge railway works. 16 P-40 fighters damage bridge at Kamaing, attack town of Nanyaseik, and score hits on North approach to bridge at Namti. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers damage South approach to Pazundaung railroad bridge.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Amboina. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers scores hits on North West shore of Hollandia Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers during 16-17 April 1943 again fly strike against Kahili airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb and score 8 direct hits on runway and gun emplacements at Attu. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft abort due to weather. 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 31 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 14 P-40 fighters hit Kiska 9 times, bombing installations and strafing gun emplacements and 3 parked aeroplanes.

T27 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 17 April 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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