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20th February 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. The Wehrmacht ground forces occupied Kasserine Pass in Central Tunisia. In the south, the British Eighth Army occupied Medenine without opposition.

In the Mediterranean. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers made daylight raid on Naples and Crotone, Palermo harbour bombed by night.

Russian Front. Soviet troops occupied Krasnograd and Pavlograd in the Ukraine.

Twelfth Air Force. Weather again severely limits operations. A handful of P-39 fighters strafe trucks and half-tracks in Kasserine area as enemy breaks through Kasserine Pass and thrusts North and West toward Thala and Tebessa.

Ninth Air Force. During 19-20 February 1943, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators bomb Heraklion, Kastelli and Pediada airfields. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Crotone, Naples, Amantea, Palmi, Nicotera, and Rosarno.

Tenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb factory, oil tanks, and railroad tracks at Sahmaw. 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Gokteik Viaduct but fail to damage the structure.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb landing strips at Kahili and at Ballale Island, and Gasmata airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and Navy PBY's bomb Ballale Island and Kahili. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Vila. During 19-20 February 1943 and day strikes, P-39 fighters and Navy aeroplanes attack Munda area, hitting airfield and nearby Lambeti and Munda Point.

Seventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, from Canton Island, photograph Makin, Abaiang, and Tarawa, and attack shipping at Tarawa.

Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance over Kiska finds weather favourable. Therefore 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 8 P-38 Lightning fighters take off. The fighters blast Main Camp area. The bombers bomb North Head, Camp area, and runway.

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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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