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18th April 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made another heavy raid on Spezia naval dockyard and barracks.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 17-18 April 1943, Wellingtons bomb Tunis docks and marshalling yard. During day, over 75 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Boccadifalco airfield and Palermo marshalling yard while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Alghero-Fertilia airfield and shipping at Porto Torres. P-38 Lightning fighters escort the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) Bisleys hit La Marsa landing ground while fighters fly reconnaissance and scramble missions. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) fighters fly reconnaissance and patrols, attacking vessels, troop columns, and trucks in Tunisian coastal area, and Beaufighters attack Decimomannu airfield.

Ninth Air Force. 57th Fighter Group is credited with 77 Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 52 transports and 16 of their escorting fighters over Cap Bon area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Catania. P-40 fighters fly sweeps, armed reconnaissance, escort, and fighter-bomber missions. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit landing grounds.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe enemy held supply village Southeast of Tengchung.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Penfoei. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Finschhafen and Saidor area.

Thirteenth Air Force. Major John W Mitchell leads flight of 16 P-38 Lightning fighters (2 others abort) on a low-level, circuitous, over water trip from Guadalcanal to a spot up the Bougainville coast from Kahili to intercept flight of Admiral Yamamoto, head of Imperial Japanese Navy, who, according to United States intelligence, is on an inspection trip in the South Pacific and is due in Ballale at 0945. Admiral Yamamoto's well-known punctuality is calculated to allow the interception to take place at 0935 at a point 35 miles from Kahili. 2 hours and 15 minutes after takeoff at 0725, as the P-38 Lightning fighters streak toward Bougainville at almost sea level, the flight of 2 bombers and 6 Zeros appears just ahead. The 4-aircraft attack section under Captain Thomas G Lanphier Jr bores in. The Zeros spot the attacking P-38 Lightning fighters at about 1 mile and try in vain to cut off the attack as the bombers attempt to escape. In the air battle, Captain Lanphier and 1st Lieutenant Rex T Barber shoot down the bomber carrying Admiral Yamamoto.

Eleventh Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters (some flown by Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots), and 37 P-40 fighters hit Kiska 9 times. Submarine base and gun emplacements on North Head are bombed and gun emplacements near submarine base are silenced.

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