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18th August 1943

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Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit airfields at Woensdrecht and Ypres-Vlamertinge. Primary target of Lillespace and Vendeville airfield is not bombed because of mechanical trouble with command equipment and bombsight in lead plane.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) fighters and medium bombers hit barracks and railroad at Gonnesa, sink small vessel in Golfo di Sant' Eufemia, and bomb and strafe railway station, bridge, and tracks at Soverato, bridges and road junction at Angitola, and highway and road junction at Staletti. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) aeroplanes hit gun positions and road and rail transport in South Italy.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack motor transport between Scilla and Bagnara, and bomb shipping off Scilla.

Fifth Air Force. More than 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with cover of almost 100 fighters, blast airfields at Wewak, Boram, Dagua, and But. The midmorning attacks cause heavy destruction of Japanese aeroplanes on the ground, and United States fighters and bombers claim over 30 enemy aircraft shot down.

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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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