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20th June 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster's bombers, without loss, smashed Germany's largest radio location factory, at Friedrichshafen, after which they flew on to North Africa. On the return journey to the Britain they bomb La Spezia in Italy.

The British Admiralty announced biggest U-boat offensive took place during 5 days in May, 97 per cent of convoyed ships got through, 2 U-boats sunk for certain, and a number of probables.

His Majesty the King visited Malta, journeyed from North Africa aboard the cruiser HMS Aurora.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Messina during 19-20 June 1943. The following morning B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Milo, Castelvetrano and Bo Rizzo airfields. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) maintain patrols, reconnaissance, and convoy escort while North West African Photo Reconnaissance Wing continues coverage of areas in Sicily and mainland Italy.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airstrip at Rapopo, and airfields at Keravat and Rabaul, and also hit Rabaul town area. A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Lae airfield. 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and an A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Finschhafen and barges and shoreline targets along coast of New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters join Marine and Navy aeroplanes in strike against Vila airfield. Hits are scored on runway and dump area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast airfield and other targets at Kahili and also bomb Kieta.

Seventh Air Force. During 19-20 June 1943, 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Funafuti fly photo reconnaissance of Jaluit.

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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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