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18th December 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. Weather limits operations. P-40 fighter-bombers attack positions in Tollo, Canosa Sannita, and Orsogna, and strafe schooner off Trogir. A-36 Apache dive bomber hit defended areas near Cassino and at Viticuso, supply dump and gun emplacement near Terracina, and positions at Monte Trocchio.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Var River bridges, destroying a highway bridge and damaging a railroad bridge. Other B-26 Marauder medium bombers have less success against Antheor viaduct, although there are several near misses.

Eastern Air Command (EAC). Third Tactical Air Force is activated under AM Baldwin as a major component of Eastern Air Command (EAC).

Fourteenth Air Force. 27 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by 28 P-40 fighters, pound airfield at Namsang. Some of the P-40 fighters strafe Laihka airfield. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers on sea sweep claim damaging hits on a freighter and a tanker in Hainan Straits. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb South West part of Nanbsien.

Fifth Air Force. Over 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Cape Gloucester. 20 plus B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Borgen Bay area. Nearly 40 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Hoskins airfield. 33 A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe dumps and bivouacs North of Finschhafen.

Thirteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili supply area, 5 more hit Bonis supply area, and 19 others hit targets in Chabai-Porton area. 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out low-level strike on troop concentrations at Poroporo and 11 bomb Korovo. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating individually and in small flights, on armed reconnaissance attack Kahili, Kieta, and Poporang. Fighters strafe targets at Numa Numa, Cape Pui Pui, and East coast of Buka.

Seventh Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mille. 30 P-39 fighters and A-24 Banshee dive bomber fly strafing and bombing raids against the same target.

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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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