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19th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers hit Lille, Nord airfield. Other medium bombers attacks on Lille and Merville are recalled due to bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers of XII A Support Command and planes of other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) elements (United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF)) concentrate on attacking roads and vehicles in Benevento, Montesarchio, Contursi, Potenza, Avellino areas, and hit railway station at Castelnuovo. Fifth Army gains firm control of Salerno plain, while British Eighth Army troops take Potenza and Auletta.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Monywa.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound Finschhafen in preparation for Allied landings on 22 September 1943. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields and surrounding area at Cape Gloucester. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly small strikes against Amboina, Selaroe, and Penfoei.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and Navy dive bombers, covered by fighters, bomb Vila airfield and a causeway, enemy positions, and ammunition dump at Disappointment Cove. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe barge centres at Ringa and Webster Coves.

Seventh Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, out of Funafuti and Canton Island, bomb Tarawa and Abemama and obtain photo coverage of Betio. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers is lost to interceptors.

Eleventh Air Force. The 21st Bomber Squadron (H) 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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