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21st April 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS Thunderbolt (formerly Thetis).

North Africa. The Afrika Corps attacked First Army positions near Mejez-el-Bab, but withdrew, losing 33 panzers. The British Eighth Army troops captured Takrouna, North West of Enfidaville.

President Roosevelt announced execution by Japanese authorities of American airmen captured during raid on Tokyo in 18 April l942.

British Government renewed warning that use of gas against Russians would be followed by use of gas against military objectives in Germany.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Weather prevents completion of any missions by Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF). Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and Light bombers hit landing grounds and military traffic on roads, fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance, and attack ground forces and aircraft in Medjez el Bab-Goubellat area where an enemy counterattack by Armoured and Infantry columns during 20-21 April 1943 ends in costly failure.

Ninth Air Force. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command control, bomb Naples. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe barges along coast. British Eighth Army meets such fierce opposition at Takrouna that General Montgomery decides to confine offensive to coastal region.

Tenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad yards at Maymyo, and 9 more bomb area around Myitnge bridge. 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are dispatched to bomb Bangsue Arsenal and other targets in Bangkok, but only 4 reach target area and loose bombs over the city.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kaimana and Laga. Single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack coastal villages in Northeast New Guinea and hit Ubili and Gasmata.

Eleventh Air Force. Commander North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army (NORPACFOR) places all Army and Navy Air Forces (Task group 16.1) under General Butler. The Army Air Striking Unit (Eleventh Air Force) is designated Task Unit 16.1.1 and the Naval Air Search Unit (Patrol Wing Four) is designated Task Unit 16.1.2. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters take off for Kiska but abort mission.

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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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