The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Whirlwinds bombers bombed railway viaduct at
North Africa. The British Eighth Army began attack
on Mareth positions comprising the remnants of Field Marshal Erwin
Afrika Korps and the Italian armies, during night of 20-21
In the Mediterranean. Allied heavy bombers made night raid
In Burma. British troops made progress towards Donbaik, North
West of Akyab.
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African
Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) is formed under Northwest African Tactical Air Force
(NATAF) with a small combined Headquarters which has under it 47th Bomber Group,
326 Wing (The British Royal Air Force (RAF)), and air echelons of 2 squadrons
of 12 Bomber Group which are attached for operational control. B-26 Marauder medium
bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers launch consecutive attacks against landing
ground at Djebel Tebaga. Other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb shipping between
Tunisia and Sicily. Fighters fly escort and carry out numerous reconnaissance
missions as Eighth Army opens assault on Mareth Line.
Ninth Air Force.
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Mareth
area. Antiaircraft is intense and all medium bombers suffer hits. P-40 fighters
escort bombers and carry out fighter-bomber and top cover operations as British
ground troops open assault on positions with infantry and artillery. 30 Corps
gains bridgehead across Oued Zigzaou.
Tenth Air Force. 7 United States
Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers again attack Myitnge bridge,
inflicting little additional damage to the structure.
Fifth Air Force.
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Langgoer
and Kaimana. Landing strip at Finschhafen and harbour area at Salamaua are bombed
by single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers.
Thirteenth Air Force. During
-20 March 1943 Navy and Marine
aircraft lay mines off Bougainville coast in Buin-Tonolai area while 18 B-17 Flying
Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kahili airfield
in diversionary strike. This mission inaugurates mine-laying operations by aircraft
in South Pacific (SOPAC). M453
Commissioned 20 March 1943 M476
Commissioned 20 March 1943 Z38
Commissioned 20 March 1943 Go To: 21st
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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