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1st May 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 56 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers in 2 waves strike Saint-Nazaire Kriegsmarine U-boat base and shipyard.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters fly uneventful shipping sweeps. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and Light bombers hit shipping in Gulf of Tunis and jetties at Sidi Daoud and Kelibia, and attack position in Northeast Tunisian battle area as Allied ground forces regroup for final Tunisian offensive.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour at Reggio di Calabria. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe shipping and shore installations on Northeast Tunisian coastline.

Fourteenth Air Force. Forward echelon of Fourteenth Air Force, under Colonel Clinton D Vincent and Lieutenant Colonel David L ('Tex') Hill, moves into East China along the Hengyang-Kweilin line. This brings United States aircraft within range of all major Japanese held bases from North China to Indochina and Thailand, and makes shipping in China Sea more vulnerable to United States air strikes.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb landing strip at Nabire and hit vessel in Manokwari harbour.

Eleventh Air Force. 16 attack missions on Kiska and Attu are flown by 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 35 P-38 Lightning fighters, 38 P-40 fighters, and 4 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft. Kiska targets include Main Camp, hangar, submarine base (where fire is started), runway, radar, ship, North Head, antiaircraft guns and Gertrude Cove. Attu targets include East Attu, Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbour installations.

Zone of Interior. I Bomber Command (inactivated on 15 October 1942) is activated and assigned to Second Air Force as a training organisation for bomb units.

R123 R-boat
Launched 1 May 1943

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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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