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1st July 1943

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In Australasia. Viru Harbour, New Georgia, captured by Americans.

African Air Forces. Memo by General Giles for General Arnold stresses great need for more fighters escort for strategic bombing missions. The present ratio of less than 1 fighters group to 4 heavy bomber groups is held to be completely insufficient and a minimum ratio of 1 to 2 is suggested.

Eighth Air Force. General Frederick L Anderson Jr replaces General Longfellow as Commanding General VIII Bomber Command.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF).During 30 June 1943 and 1 July 1943 Wellingtons bomb Cagliari barracks and railway station. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) flies patrol, reconnaissance, and convoy protection.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, along with Twelfth Air Force fighters, fly armed reconnaissance of South Sicily and convoy patrol in Cap Bon area and off Kebili. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Halifaxes hit Catania railway yards.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe forces in Duali area as nearby Allied troops consolidate positions along South arm of Bitoi River. Other A-20 Havoc light bombers strafe Lae area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Kela Point and Logui. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Rabaul.

M386 Minesweeper
Launched 1 July 1943

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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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