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22nd March 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made heavy night raid on St. Nazaire.

North Africa. 15th Panzer Division launched counter-attacks on the British Eighth Army bridgehead in Mareth Line.

Russian Front. Soviet troops captured Durovo, on Vyasma-Smolensk railway from the Wehrmacht ground forces after intensive fighting

Kriegsmarine U-boat, U-524, is sunk North of Canary Islands, 30-15N 18-13W, by aircraft of 1st Antisubmarine Squadron.

Eighth Air Force. 84 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Kriegsmarine U-boat yards at Wilhelmshaven.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons hit landing ground near Sfax during 21-22 March 1943. On 22 March 1943, B-26 Marauder medium bombers on sea sweep attack vessels near Zembra Island while B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping in harbour at Palermo. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters fly numerous reconnaissance and patrol missions while A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Mezzouna and fighter-bombers hit motor transport and tanks in North Tunisian battle area.

Ninth Air Force. Colonel John D Corkille succeeds General Kauch in command of IX Air Service Command. During 21-22 March 1943, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command, bomb Naples. During the day, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Gabes area, bombing road junction, motor transport, and troop concentration. P-40 fighters fly 5 escort missions during the day. British ground forces, after expanding Oued Zigzaou bridgehead during 21-22 March 1943, are severely handicapped by heavy rain. Enemy counterattack forces 50th Division to give ground.

Tenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, operating in 2 forces, bomb Gokteik Viaduct. Several damaging hits are scored on the base and structure. 7 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Thazi rail junction. Considerable damage is caused to warehouses, yards, sidings, tracks, and rolling stock.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters again strafe phosphate mine area at Lao Kay.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers pound Gasmata airfield and, in single-plane strikes, attack Finschhafen, Lae, Madang, and harbour at Lorengau.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters strafe Rekata Bay area.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and 22 P-38 Lightning fighters attempt 3 missions to Kiska. Only 8 of the P-40 fighters get through but fly uneventful patrol.

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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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