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18th October 1943

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Events On This Day

Ninth Air Force 228 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers dispatched to bomb 4 airfields in France are recalled before attacking because of unfavourable weather. General Quesada becomes Commanding General IX Fighter Command.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb marshalling yard at Skoplje. P-38 Lightning fighters follow with strafing mission, damaging or destroying several locomotives and vehicles. XII A Support Command A-36 Apache dive bomber hit Venafro railroad yards, and other fighter-bombers hit gun positions, troops, and railway stations in or near Boiano, Petacciato, and Vairano. Fighters strafe airfields around Rome and also hit Viterbo, Grosseto, and seaplane base at Bracciano, and attack trains on Rome Orte and Rome Naples lines. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) light bombers bomb road and railway near Cassino, town of Carpinone, road junction at Castiglione della Valle, and roads, bridges, and motor transport near Minturno and Chieti.

Fifth Air Force. Nearly 80 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and fighters sent against Rabaul are forced to abort by bad weather. However, more than 50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers slip beneath low clouds and pound town, airfields, and shipping from treetop and mast height level. The medium bombers sink 2 vessels and claim more than 70 planes destroyed on the ground and in the air. 13 of the heavy bombers bomb Cape Hoskins; 7 others bomb Cape Gloucester and hit Sio. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe Bogadjim road.

Thirteenth Air Force. 28 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 40 plus Navy dive bombers, with cover of more than 50 fighters, hit Ballale Island Airfield. 14 P-39 fighters join 20 Navy aircraft in strike on Kakasa village and tent area on Choiseul.

Eleventh Air Force. The 406th Bomber Squadron departs for the Zone of Interior.

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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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