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18th November 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 84 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Kjeller airfields and industrial targets at Oslo.

Ninth Air Force. IX Troop Carrier Command's 50th Wing carries paratroops of 101st Airborne Division in a rehearsal of cross channel operations. This is first of an extended series of training exercises to be conducted during the several months preceding the planned invasion of West Europe.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers and light bombers of XII A Support Command and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) attack Larissa airfield, billeting area at Rivisondoli, and road, railway and town area West of San Vito Chietino and at Lanciano. Fighter-bombers hit ship in Krka River, trains at Knin marshalling yard and between Knin and Kosovo landing ground at sin, harbour and vessels at Sibenik, and defended points and gun positions along battle line in Italy. Johann Albrecht Harbour while another bombs a large transport near New Hanover. 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Waingapoe. A-20 Havoc light bombers attack villages around Finschhafen. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters shoot down several aeroplanes over Wewak.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, pound Eleusis airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters also escort Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) attack on same target and escort supply dropping mission to Yugoslavia.

Fourteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe troops and horses and sink a troop barge at Shihmen. 4 others, in support of Chinese forces, strafe Tahsai ferry.

Fifth Air Force. Over 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit enemy positions in Sattelberg area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out light raid on Fak Fak. P-40 fighters bomb Iworep.

Thirteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) squadrons of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Buka and Kara airfields. 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe Greenwich Island.

Seventh Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Nanumea bomb Mille. 2 others hit Tarawa.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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