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20th April 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the trawler HMS Adonis which was torpedoed by Kriegsmarine E-boats off Lowestoft on 15 April 1943.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber made daylight attacks on Boulogne, Cherbourg and Zeebrugge. By night heavy bombers raided Stettin and Rostock, Mosquitoes attacked Berlin, Soviet air force bombed Tilsit.

North Africa. Enfidaville occupied by the British Eighth Army.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb landing grounds of Mabtouha, La Marsa, La Sebala, Sidi Ahmed, Creteville, and near Protville. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters fly escort, carry out reconnaissance, and attack various Tunisian airfields. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) continues sea patrols and reconnaissance as far reaching as the approaches to Naples.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and fighter-bomber missions as British ground forces take Enfidaville and push North Forces on left are checked by stubborn enemy resistance at Djebel Garci.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb engine sheds at Thazai.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Wewak, Nubia, and Boram airfields and shipping off Wewak. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kaimana and targets on Kendari Island.

Seventh Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, from Funafuti, carry out photo-bombing mission over Nauru. Several direct hits on runways and dispersal areas are claimed.

Eleventh Air Force. 10 bombing and strafing missions by 15 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 16 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , 10 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 32 P-40 fighters hit shipping in harbour at Kiska and gun positions in North Head. Other targets include buildings in Main Camp area and runway.

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Commissioned 20 April 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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