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17th June 1943

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Events On This Day

Turkish and Syrian frontier reopened.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 16-17 June 1943, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellingtons bomb docks and marshalling yard at Naples.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack airfields at Biscari and Comiso.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe warehouse and train South of Chiuchiang and a train North of Nanchang. Road traffic East of Hanoi is also attacked.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers administer thorough pounding to Madang and Salamaua areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sorong and Boela. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Cape Gloucester airfield and during 17-18 June 1943 a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attacks power launches nearby, sinking 1 and badly damaging 2 more.

Seventh Air Force. During 17-18 June 1943, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers take off from Funafuti at 2 hours intervals to bomb Tarawa. 1 aborts and another fails to find target. The 2 heavy bombers bombing the target hit runways, silence an antiaircraft battery, and blow up an ammunition dump. The raid is a diversion in support of the first night photo reconnaissance mission by VII Bomber Command, during which 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers photograph Mille Atoll and nearby waters in the Marshalls.

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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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