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20th May 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes again bombed Berlin.

In Burma. It was announced that long-range jungle force of British, Indian and Burmese troops had returned from three months wrecking operations in enemy occupied territory.

In Australasia. Japanese air force bombers, made abortive raid on Exmouth Gull, Western Australia.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters escort ships and fly sea patrol off Cap Bon and Kelibia area.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 19-20 May 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Villacidro and Decimomannu airfields. During day, P-38 Lightning fighters bomb docks on Gulf of Aranci, railroad bridge Northeast of Perfugas, Milis airfield, Macomer rail junction, and targets at Sassari, Bonnanaro, Chilivani, and Bonorva. Other P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters strafe and bomb Pantelleria. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Villacidro, Alghero, and Decimomannu airfields while B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strike Grosseto airfield.

Fifth Air Force. Airfield and surrounding area at Gasmata are hit by A-20 Havoc light bombers during 20-21 May 1943 and by B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers during day. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Vunakanau airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink several barges offshore between Madang and Cape Cretin.

Thirteenth Air Force. During 20-21 May 1943 May, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers on snooper missions bomb Kahili area and Ballale Island.

Eleventh Air Force. All air ground support missions to Attu are cancelled due to weather. 20 P-40 fighters bomb Main Camp and submarine area at Kiska, and strafe barges in the harbour. The remaining Japanese on Attu are concentrated in the Chichagof Harbour area.

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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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