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17th December 1943

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force planning group joins 21 Army Group, Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF), and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Second Tactical Air Force in preparation of air section of initial joint plan (Operation NEPTUNE) for Operation OVERLORD. This begins planning which later results in massive Ninth Air Force plan for moving the Ninth into battle on continent of Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers strike artillery concentration near Sant'Elia Fiumerapido. All B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions are abortive. P-40 fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers (with South African Air Force (SAAF) escort) strafe vessel near Trpanj. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighter-bombers bomb positions at Monte Trocchio, Cervaro, and Cardito, and marshalling yard, barracks, warehouses, and docks at Nettuno and Anzio.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Operations are restricted to weather reconnaissance.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb and strafe barracks near Kunlong. 6 others bomb and strafe targets in Hanoi.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47 Thunderbolt fighters intercept 35 to 40 aircraft attacking Allied forces on Arawe peninsula. At least 10 aeroplanes are claimed shot down. Cape Gloucester and nearby shipping are attacked by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Sio area. P-39 fighters sink 2 barges during sweep along Huon Peninsula.

Thirteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Malai. 6 others join Navy dive bombers in pounding Mutupina Point area. 5 B-34 Lexington bomber hit Poroporo and Tarekekori.

Seventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are dispatched from Nanumea to bomb Maloelap. 9 are recalled because of weather. 1 bombs alternate target of Mille.

Army Air Force (AAF). General Arnold sends to Air Chief Marshal Portal announcement of United States air officers for top commands in Europe for 1944. The list includes General Eaker, Allied Air Forces in Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (MTO), General Cannon, Twelfth Air Force, General Twining, Fifteenth Air Force, General Spaatz, United States Strategic Air Forces, General Doolittle, Eighth Air Force, and General Brereton, Ninth Air Force.

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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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