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1st December 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 281 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit industrial targets at Solingen after malfunction of Pathfinder equipment prevents attack on primary target at Leverkusen. Over 20 aircraft are lost on the raid.

Ninth Air Force. Over 175 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields at Chievres, Cambrai, Epinoy, Lille, Vendeville, and Cambrai, Niergnies. 28 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers execute a sweep over North West France, marking first Ninth Air Force fighters operation from United Kingdom.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb gun positions in Sant' Ambrogio area. Fighter-bombers (including some The British Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft) hit trucks, gun positions, and other military targets East of Casoli, at Lanciano, near Guardiagrele, West of Mignano, West of Minturno, and near Chieti. Several of these missions are in support of United States Fifth and British Eighth Army.

Fifteenth Air Force. Headquarters closes at Tunis and opens at Bari. Over 100 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Turin ball bearing works and marshalling yard. Escorting P-38 Lightning fighters battle enemy fighters without either losses or positive victories. Heavy bombers claim 2 enemy fighters shot down. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and other P-38 Lightning fighters are recalled because of weather. B-26 Marauder medium bombers, with fighters escort, attack bridges and railroad facilities at Aulla, Cecina, and Sestri Levante.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Insein. The heavy bombers and escorting P-38 Lightning fighters encounter large number of Japanese fighters over the targets. P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers which failed to make rendezvous with the heavy bombers before the attack join the formations on return trip. United States losses are high. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and a P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers shot down and 5 more heavy bombers are seriously damaged. Medium bombers hit the newly repaired bridge at Myitnge, rendering it temporarily unserviceable.

Fourteenth Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 24 P-40 fighters, and 10 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers pound Kowloon shipyards. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit nearby Taikoo Docks, Hong Kong. 4 P-40 fighters strafe truck convoy near Lashio, 16 sink about 30 boats in area around Changte, and 8 bomb Bac Ninh and vicinity.

Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Wewak, the heavy bombers and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters escorts claiming 11 enemy fighters shot down out of interception force of about 50. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are lost. 16 A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Cape Gloucester area. 35 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Borgen Bay area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-38 Lightning fighters attack Malai. P-39 fighters strafe Tonolai and support Navy dive bombers in attack on Jaba River area near Empress Augusta Bay. Other Army Air Force and Navy fighters cover dive bomber strikes on Kara and Ballale Island supply areas and strafe targets at Tenekow, Chabai, and Mutupina Point. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Sarime Plantation.

Seventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, flying out of Funafuti, bomb Mille.

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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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