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18th June 1943

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It was announced that Field Marshal Sir A. O. Wavell to be Viceroy of India from October. In succession to Lord Linlithgow, General Sir C. J. E. Auchinleck to succeed Field Marshal Sir A. O. Wavell as Commander-In-Chief India, East Asia Command to be set up.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strike Messina ferry slip and railroad yards while P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Milo airfield. B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, hit docks and shipping at Olbia and shipping at Golfo Aranci. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) aeroplanes maintain patrol and reconnaissance flights. Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF) aircraft claim over 40 aircraft destroyed.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe power launches off Cape Gloucester and Finschhafen, sinking 1 and damaging 2 near the Cape. A single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs Unea Island while an A-20 Havoc light bombers on armed reconnaissance during 18-19 June 1943 bombs and strafes Salamaua and nearby coastal areas.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ballale Island and strafe barges in Wilson Strait.

M325 Minesweeper
Commissioned 18 June 1943

M369 Minesweeper
Launched 18 June 1943

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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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