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22nd January 1943

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Large-scale daylight raids carried out on airfields and oil installations in Northern France.

In Libya. The British Eighth Army occupied Castel Verde, 35 miles East of Tripoli.

Russian Front. Soviet troops occupied Salsk Southeast of Rostov and Mikoyan in Caucasus.

In Australasia. With mopping-up at Sanananda, Japanese resistance ended in Papua.

Twelfth Air Force. Another step is taken toward amalgamation of United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) air strength in Allied Air Force. Air support for United States and British land forces in North Africa is coordinated by formation of a new combined Headquarters, Allied A Support Command, subordinate to Allied Air Force and under command of General Kuter. The command consists of XII A Support Command, 242 Group (The British Royal Air Force (RAF)), a photo reconnaissance unit, and other units that might be assigned to it. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, operating in 2 forces, bomb El Aouina airfield in the morning. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit the airfield shortly after noon and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack later in the afternoon. Other B-26 Marauder medium bombers, on shipping strike, severely damage a freighter in Straits of Sicily. Fighters fly escort for bombers and for C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and carry out numerous reconnaissance and patrol missions. P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters support allied ground assault in Ousseltia Valley which has been halted by strong opposition. The fighters silence several machine-gun positions.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb road junction near Tripoli. P-40 fighters fly cover and fighter-bomber missions as British Eighth Army's 22d Armoured Brigade passes through 51st Infantry Division at Homs and drives beyond Castelverde. Forces to South advance to within 17 miles of Tripoli.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Nsopzup and hit target South of town.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lae terrace area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Simpson Harbour and shipping and searchlights at Rabaul, and attack vessel off Amboina. A-20 Havoc light bombers strafe small boats in Baden Bay and at Woiba Island. On this date Papua Campaign ends with collapse of organised resistance on Sanananda front. A decisive victory has been won by the Allied forces, the first of the war against the Japanese on land.

Thirteenth Air Force. XIII Fighter Command moves from New Caledonia to Espiritu Santo.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance aircraft finds Kiska closed in and flies negative search mission for 2 missing B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. For first time weather aeroplane draws antiaircraft fire through overcast at Kiska, suggesting that the Japanese have fire-control radar.

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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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