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20th August 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bomber and A-20 Havoc light bombers carry out light raids on Dornier air frame factory at Flushing and marshalling yard at Abbeville.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Capua and Aversa marshalling yard, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Benevento marshalling yard, and P-40 fighters attack airfields at Monserrato. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters hit road and railway at Gioia and trucks near Locri during missions along East and West coast of Italian toe.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe and bomb shipping off Italian toe and command targets on land. Hits are scored on bridges, railway yards, and railway cars.

China-Burma-India (CBI) Army Air Force, India-Burma Sector, China-Burma-India Theatre is activated at New Delhi. General Stratemeyer assumes command . Components include Tenth Air Force, China-Burma-India (CBI) Air Service Command (Provisional), China-Burma-India (CBI) Training Unit (Provisional), and several lesser units.

Tenth Air Force. X Air Force Services Command personnel and organisations are absorbed by China-Burma-India (CBI) Air Service Command (Provisional) which is activated on this date at New Delhi. General Oliver, Commanding General X Air Force Services Command, becomes Commanding General China-Burma-India (CBI) Air Service Command.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Tien Ho airfield at Canton; the medium bombers and fighters claim 5 interceptors shot own. 15 P-40 fighters intercept 21 fighters over Kweilin, 2 P-40 fighters and 21 Zeros are shot down.

Fifth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, escorted by 46 P-38 Lightning fighters, hit Boram airfield in late morning; P-38 Lightning fighters claim 19 fighters shot down. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Lae and hit Salamaua area where enemy forces have abandoned positions on Mount Tambu and Komiatum Ridge and are manning last ditch defensive position at Salamaua. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe barges near Cape Gloucester.

Thirteenth Air Force. Headquarters XIII Bomber Command moves from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal.

R84 R-boat
Sunk 20 August 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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