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17th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields at Ciampino and Pratica di Mare. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack small craft and barges off mouth of Tiber River. P-38 Lightning fighters fly 27 dive-bombing missions against roads, junctions, railways, bridges, and targets in battle area and towns of Vallo della Lucania, Acerno, Nocera, Avellino, Gragnano, Serre, Lioni, Fisciano, Monteforte Irpino, Cava de' Tirreni and Auletta. XII A Support Command, Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF), and other elements of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fly sweeps over battle area, patrol beaches, escort naval vessels, and bomb rail and road junctions, motor transport, marshalling yard, town areas, and various targets in Pompeii, Torre Annunziata, Salerno, Campagna, Sarno, Solofra, Montella, and Acerno areas. United States Fifth Army forces advancing on Altavilla are pinned down. However enemy retires to the North, completing withdrawal from battle line during night. British Eighth Army begins general advance North toward Potenza and Auletta.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack marshalling yard, road junction, and rail junction at Pescara on East coast of Italy. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers again hit Potenza.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out coastal sweep against barges and villages from Reiss Point to Langemak Bay.

Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)
was used against the American light cruiser Philadelphia and she was lightly damaged from near misses.

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Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)

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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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