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17th March 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. In Central Tunisia United States of America ground forces captured Gafsa.

In the Mediterranean. Allied Fighters from Malta attacked railways in Sicily.

Russian Front. In Chuguyev area, Southeast of Kharkov, Soviet troops drove the Wehrmacht forces back and repelled six counter-attacks.

In Burma. Japanese pressure on the Mayu river led to withdrawal of allied forces.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Weather cancels Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) bomber operations. Tactical fighters and Light bombers fly numerous armed reconnaissance missions and sweeps over Sedjenane, Captain Serrat, and Sidi Nsir area and attack ground forces East of Gafsa in preparation for allied assault. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) aircraft continue coastal and sea patrols. United States II Corps opens offensive to the East from Gafsa area after air and artillery preparation.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly scramble and fighter-bomber operations as British ground forces continue local operations in preparation for assault on Mareth Line.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers again attack bridge at Myitnge, damaging North approach. 14 P-40 fighters hit bridges at Kadrangyang and Northeast of Myitkyina and motor pool at Hpunkizup. The motor pool suffers considerable damage.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langgoer.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers continue harassing raids against Vila, Kahili, and Ballale.

Eleventh Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters patrol Kiska without making contacts.

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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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