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20th July 1943

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Events On This Day

In Sicily. The British 8th Army bridgeheads established South of Catania held against strong enemy counter-attacks. Enna fell to joint United States and Canadian attack.

Russian Front. Russians advanced 3 to 5 miles in Orel sector, repulsing 10 Wehrmacht ground forces counter-attacks in Bielgorod area advances of 6 to 8 miles made, in Donetz basin Soviet troops forced crossing of Donetz and Mius rivers, Mtsensk and Voroshilovo captured.

General Henri Giraud arrived in Britain.

19th Antisubmarine Squadron sinks Kriegsmarine U-boat, U-588, in the Bay of Biscay 45-lON 09-42W however this was wrongly reported. she was actually sunk on 31 July 1942 in the North Atlantic, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 19-20 July 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Aquino and Capodichino airfields while Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack vehicles, roads, and town areas around and in Randazzo, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Orlando, and Nicosia in Sicily. During day, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) fighter-bombers attack targets in West Sicily while Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) medium bombers strike Montecorvino airfield. United States Seventh Army and British Eighth Army continue to push North West and North 82d Airborne Division, United States takes Sciacca and Menfi. 3d Division, United States clears Santo Stefano Quisquina and heights North of Mussomeli. 2d Armoured Division, with British units, takes Enna and drives on to Villapriolo. Canadian 1st Infantry Division pushes to Leonforte area. British 51st Division attacks Luftwaffe airfield near Sferro. 13 Corps is halted by strong opposition on Catania Plain.

Ninth Air Force United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Randazzo and Taormina. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers hit Vibo Valentia airfield.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Mandalay.

Fourteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb warehouse area at Tengchung. 6 others strafe river traffic and railroad targets at Sinti, Changanyi, Tingszekiao, Kaiyu, and near Puchi.

Fifth Air Force. As United States ground forces begin struggle for heights commanding Tambu Bay and Dot Inlet, A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Madang airfield and area, Komiatum, Logui, areas along Gum River and South of Gogol River, Gori River bridge area, and Bogadjim. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lautem, Dili, and Cape Chater airfield. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Arawe.

Thirteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields at Kahili and on Ballale Island. Fighters strafe barges in Pakoi Bay.

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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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