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1st April 1943

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The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes bombers raided power station and railway workshops at Trier and Ehrang in West Germany.

North Africa. Very heavy Allied air raid on EI Maou airfield at Sfax.

In the Mediterranean. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made low-level raid on Messina.

In India. Thirty Japanese air force bombers attacking Feni, Southeast Bengal, were intercepted by Hurricanes.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 31 March 1943 and 1 April 1943, Wellingtons bomb Bizerte docks and Karouba Bay seaplane base. During day, A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb La Fauconnerie and El Djem airfields. Fighters, carrying out reconnaissance missions over wide areas of Tunisia, attack motor transport, tanks, and guns in Sidi Mansour-Djebel Tebaga area. British medium bombers, Light bombers, and fighters hit gun positions North of Oued el Akarit and hit Sfax-El Maou airfield.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters escort bomber missions. Medium bombers and Light bombers hit parked aeroplanes and antiaircraft batteries at El Maou airfields at Sfax.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Maymyo railroad sheds. 8 others hit railroad yards at Ywataung. 12 P-40 fighters intercept 9 Zeros near Lingling, claiming 7 shot down. 1 P-40 is lost.

Fourteenth Air Force. Japanese force of 9 fighters is intercepted in Lingling area by P-40 fighters. 7 fighters are shot down. 1 P-40 is lost.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack convoy off Kavieng, airfields at Gasmata and Cape Gloucester, and town of Madang. Flights of from 1 to 3 medium bombers or heavy bombers hit several other targets, mostly isolated shipping and coastline targets, in Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and in Solomon Sea.

Thirteenth Air Force. 42 fighters (P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy and Marine aircraft) are sent over the Russells to intercept Japanese aircraft trying to hit United States stockpiles on Guadalcanal, naval base at Tulagi, and the incomplete airstrips in the Russells. The air battle lasts for nearly 3 hours. 6 United States fighters are lost, against claims of 20 Japanese aeroplanes.

Eleventh Air Force. A joint directive by Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC) and Commanding General Western Defence Command orders preparations for LANDGRAB (invasion of Attu). 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters sorties are flown against Kiska from Adak and Amchitka. Targets include ship in Gertrude Cove, North Head area, Main Camp and beach. Antiaircraft fire damages 2 bombers. Reconnaissance covers Kiska, Attu, Buldir, and Semichis.

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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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