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18th July 1943

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In Sicily. One third of the island in Allied hands along with 30,000 prisoners.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 17-18 July 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb airfields at Montecorvino and Pomigliano, while Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers bomb Catania and carry out reconnaissance of extensive areas of Sicily. During the day, Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber hit Santa Caterina, Adrano, Lercara, and Termini Imerese. United States Seventh Army makes rapid progress against light opposition. British Eighth Army continues advance, but 13 Corps continues to meet strong resistance near Catania.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Randazzo and Catania.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping at Haiphong and Hongay.

Fifth Air Force. During 18-19 July 1943, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour area at Makassar. Several B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and an A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Lokanu, Boisi, Tambu Peninsula, Dot Islands, Salamaua, and Komiatum as United States forces secure South headland of Tambu Bay for a supply base. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack barges and shipping off New Britain, sinking small cargo vessel off Cape Kwoi.

Thirteenth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, more than 20 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters, and 140 plus Navy and Marine dive bombers and fighters thoroughly blast the Kahili area. 15 of the heavy bombers concentrate on the airfield. Many antiaircraft positions are attacked, as are revetments and runways. Hits are claimed on 2 destroyers, and a light craft is sunk. The allied air planes claim 21 fighters shot down. 9 United States Navy aircraft are lost. A B-25 Mitchell medium bombers off New Georgia strafes a motor launch.

Seventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying out of Funafuti, bomb Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll. Japanese bombers raiding Canton Island are forced to jettison bombs at sea because of intense antiaircraft and fighters defence.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Gertrude Cove and Main Camp at Kiska. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping targets between Paramushiru and Shimushu and completed runway at Murakami Bay on Paramushiru, which is also photographed. They observe fires among buildings South and East of this runway. Some of observed aircraft take to the air and vainly pursue the attackers.

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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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