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1st October 1943

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Eighth Air Force. Report by intelligence section of Eighth Air Force shows that despite recent efforts of Allies to destroy Luftwaffe aircraft industry, fighters production has expanded greatly and enemy fighters strength on the Western Front has increased.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit command targets in Capua, Grazzanise, Arce, and Mignano areas. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, including heavy bombers on DS from Eighth Air Force, bomb Wiener Neustadt. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, sent against aeroplane factory at Augsburg, fail to locate target, and bomb several alternate targets and targets in Austria, Italy, and off Corsica and Elba. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) and XII A Support Command medium bombers, light bombers, and fighter-bombers hit Benevento town area and marshalling yard, bridge at Capua, and motor transport, trains, and railroads mainly in Isernia area and North to Avezzano. British King's Dragoon Guards (with United States Fifth Army) occupy Naples. British Eighth Army troops occupy Foggia airfields.

Tenth Air Force. Tenth Air Force fighters situation has improved with arrival of the 80th Fighter Group (P-40 fighters) and 311th fighter-bomber Group (A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers), and the activation of an additional squadron for the 80th Group. The new squadron, 459th flies P-38 Lightning fighters, the first to be used in India.

Fourteenth Air Force. 21 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by 21 fighters, bomb power plant, warehouse and dock area at Hiaphong. 40-65 fighters intercept, shooting down 2 United States aircraft. 30 fighters are claimed destroyed by Fourteenth in air battle.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft bomb and strafe Finschhafen area as Australian 9th Division pours more troops into the assault on the town. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe power boat near Gasmata.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb supply and bivouac area North of Vila airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters join Navy dive bombers in strike on barge depot at Kakasa.

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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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