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21st March 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the destroyer HMS Lightning which was torpedoed and sunk about 35 nautical miles north of Bizerte, Tunisia, by the Kriegsmarine motor torpedo boat (S-boat) S-55 on 12 March 1943.

North Africa In Mareth Line the British Eighth Army effected bridgehead across Wadi Zigzau flanking force approached El Hamma, north of Mareth Line. United States of America troops occupied Maknassi.

In the Mediterranean. Docks at Palermo heavily bombed, also intensive night raid carried out on Naples.

Russian Front. Soviet troops evacuated Byelgorod, North of Kharkov, but gained ground on central front and in Kuban.

In India. Japanese air force aircraft raided area of Chittagong.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 20-21 March 1943, Wellingtons bomb docks at Ferryville. On morning of 21 March 1943, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, attack landing grounds at Djebel Tebaga. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, Light bombers, and medium bombers hit Djebel Tebaga, and Mezzouna. United States 1st Armoured Division elements push toward Maknassy, placing it under artillery fire in preparation for assault on the town.

Ninth Air Force. During 20-21 March 1943, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack harbour and surrounding area at Naples, hitting a vessel, city area, and vicinity of railroad yards. During day B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb targets, including a highway, in Gabes area. They are escorted by almost 100 P-40 fighters.

Tenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Gokteik Viaduct, causing considerable damage to the structure. 6 other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, unable to bomb the viaduct due to haze and clouds, attack the previously damaged bridge at Myitnge. P-40 fighters again dive-bomb targets in Mogaung area, using 1,000 lb. bombs for second time. 3 of the fighters bomb town area, causing heavy destruction over 2 blocks. 3 others attack bridge South of town, claiming damaging hits in the area. Others attack targets in North Indochina.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe Lao Kay phosphate mine area and targets in the vicinity.

Fifth Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claims direct hit on cargo vessel ESE of Cape Gloucester. Other isolated attacks on shipping are unsuccessful.

Thirteenth Air Force. During 20-21 March 1943, 40 Navy and Marine aeroplanes lay mines in Buin-Tonolai area while 19 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili airfield in diversionary attack.

Eleventh Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 50 P-38 Lightning fighters, 16 P-40 fighters, and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft fly 8 bombing and strafing missions to Kiska. Some of the missions abort due to weather. The others hit Main Camp area, while 2 P-40 fighters make no contact when trying to intercept reported enemy aircraft.

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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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