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19th August 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 93 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit airfields at Flushing and Gilze-Rijen. Smaller numbers strike at Amiens and Poix. Medium bombers attack Amiens, Glisy and Poix airfields.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Over 160 Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Foggia marshalling yard, while almost 100 medium bombers hit marshalling yards at Sapri and Salerno. The heavy bombers, medium bombers, and escorting P-38 Lightning fighters claim 34 enemy planes shot down, against 8 losses. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-36 Apache dive bomber attack Catanzaro marshalling yard. P-40 fighters on sweeps over Italian toe attack train near Melito di Porto Salvo and strafe small number of trucks.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 70 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard at Foggia. P-40 fighters fly coastal reconnaissance over toe of Italy and bomb roads and buildings.

Tenth Air Force. General Davidson becomes Commanding General Tenth Air Force.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Manokwari, sink small craft near Babo, and bomb Larat and Saumlakki. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Koepang, Fuiloro, and Lautem.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, operating in pairs and with fighters escort, hit barges at Timbala Bay and Kakasa, radio station on Gill Island, and beached vessel in Paraso Bay. From this date through 26 August 1943, Japanese aeroplanes attack Allied forces in Barakoma area of Vella Lavella, losing a considerable number of aircraft (claims total about 50) to Allied fighters and ground fire without doing any great damage to the Allies.

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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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