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18th March 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. First Army troops withdrew from Tamera in North Tunisia.

French Guiana broke off allegiance to Vichy France.

Eighth Air Force. 97 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike Kriegsmarine U-boat yards at Vegesack. 7 U-boat hulls appear severely damaged. This mission marks first successful combat use of automatic flight control linked with bombsights.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Weather cancels operations of Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) bombers. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters fly sweeps and reconnaissance over Sidi Nsir-Sedjenane-Medjez el Bab areas and attack railway station, other buildings, railroad sidings, and motor transport at Temara.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by P-40 fighters, bomb harbour at Naples.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb and strafe stronghold of Seniku, claiming high enemy casualty rate. 7 others attack Nalong. 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Pazundaung bridge, causing considerable damage to the structure. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers damage the Myitnge bridge, 8 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit antiaircraft positions in the Myitnge general area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound town of Madang. Single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafe launch at Talasea and barges Northeast of Cape Gloucester, while a lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Timoeka and Langgoer.

Eleventh Air Force. Taking off from Adak, 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Main Camp area, 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb North Head, and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters fly top cover and strafing attacks. 12 Amchitka based P-38 Lightning fighters then blast Kiska runway and Main Camp area, starting fires. At Amchitka, the 54th Fighter Squadron is reinforced by several F-5A reconnaissance aircraft.

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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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