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1st November 1943

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Eighth Air Force. Progress report, assessing results of Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan), estimates that 19 important German towns and cities have been virtually destroyed, 19 severely damaged, and 9 more effectively damaged. Joint report of Ministry of Economic Warfare and Air Ministry Intelligence Branch claims that 10 percent of total war potential of Germany has been destroyed.

Ninth Air Force. Ninth Air Force comes under operational control of Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF) which is activated on this date to provide the tactical air force for the invasion of West Europe (OVERLORD).

Twelfth Air Force. With activation of Fifteenth Air Force on this date, the units of XII Bomber Command transfer to the new Air Force. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) aircraft bomb shipping in harbours of Ancona and Split, hit tunnel mouth near Antrodoco, and attack scattered gun positions and motor transport on both United States Fifth and British Eighth Army fronts. XII A Support Command hits numerous bridges and junctions and town of Pontecorvo. Desert Air Force (DAF) hits inland roads and vehicles in advance of battle line, shipping at Split, and town of Carpinone.

Fifteenth Air Force. Fifteenth Air Force is activated, with Headquarters at Tunis and General Doolittle as Commanding General. The Fifteenth Air Force includes 6 heavy bomber groups, 5 medium bombers groups, and 4 fighters groups. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb town and harbour of La Spezia and railroad bridge at Vezzano. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit marshalling yards at Rimini and Ancona. Fighters fly escort.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 9 P-40 fighters bomb Yoyang railroad yards.

Fifth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Maniang Island and nearby Pombelaa. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers scores hit on ship off Kavieng.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Marines land on Bougainville. This operation is aimed at eliminating the last Japanese strongholds Southeast of Rabaul. Allied fighters covering the operations shoot down more than 20 Japanese aircraft. Naval gunfire accounts for several more. 21 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili airfields. Kara airfield is attacked by 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 30 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters, and more than 70 Navy fighters and dive bombers. P-38 Lightning fighters on sweep over waters North West of the Solomons claim 7 Zeros shot down. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe barges and wharf area at Faisi. During 1-2 November 1943 2 SB-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack convoy West of Cape Saint George.

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