In Sicily. Palermo taken by Americans forces. Places taken
included Sciacca, San Stefano and Rammacca.
Russian Front. Soviet forces advance 4 to 5 miles in Orel
direction. Bolkhov captured from the Wehrmacht ground forces.
Eighth Air Force. Results of first phase of Combined Bomber
Offensive (Plan) are good according to a report of Joint Intelligence
Committee (British). The report maintains Combined Bomber
Offensive (Plan) has caused Germany to adopt a defensive air
strategy resulting in more than half its fighters strength
being employed on Western Front at expense of Eastern and
Mediterranean Fronts as well as causing considerable damage
to transportation, synthetic rubber industry, and the fuel,
iron, and coal industries of the Ruhr.
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 21
July 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons
bomb Capodichino airfield and Salerno marshalling yard. Northwest
African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers hit Randazzo,
railroad at Falcone, and road West of Marina. During day,
over 100 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Battipaglia
marshalling yard and Foggia. B-26 Marauder medium bombers
hit Salerno bridge and marshalling yard. Fighters fly sweep
over Maddalena Island, strafing factories, trucks, and small
vessels. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light
bombers bomb Adrano, Paterno, Troina, and Misterbianco. United
States Seventh Army troops take Palermo. 1st Infantry Division
continues North, taking Bompietro.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters escort C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft to Ponte
Fifth Air Force. More than 50 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers,
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers
blast troops, antiaircraft guns, defensive positions, and
targets in battle zones at Komiatum, on Komiatum Ridge, at
Kela, at Salamaua, and along trails near Komiatum and Salamaua.
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb oil refinery, docks, and
railroad yards at Soerabaja. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit targets on Selaroe.
Thirteenth Air Force. More than 20 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 40 Navy dive
bombers, and more than 100 Allied fighters aircraft attack
shipping in area off Buin. A seaplane carrier is sunk, and
damaging hits are claimed on several other vessels.
Eleventh Air Force. 26 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 17 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers,
13 P-40 fighters, and 20 P-38 Lightning fighters hit North
Head, Main Camp, and the submarine base at Kiska, as well
as coastal defences and antiaircraft guns at both Kiska and
Little Kiska, starting numerous fires. Intense and heavy antiaircraft
fire downs one B-25 Mitchell medium bombers (crew saved) and
damages 18 aircraft of which another B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers crashes at base. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers photographs
South and West Kiska shores. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
flies radar reconnaissance over Kiska.
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