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22nd October 1943

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Combined Chiefs of Staff approve plan, submitted by General Arnold and Joint Chiefs of Staff, to create a new Air Force (Fifteenth) in Italy from part of the Twelfth Air Force to be used in strategic bombing against Germany as well as in support of ground operations.

Ninth Air Force. About 60 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Evreux, Fauville airfields. Over 140 other abort missions against other airfields because of bad weather.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Air Force Engineer Command (Provisional) is activated. XII Bomber Command B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb railroad bridges North and Southeast of Orvieto. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad bridge South of Grosseto and Eleusis airfield. XII A Support Command, along with other elements of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF), hit town areas, highways, vehicles, gun positions, railroad command, strong points, and targets at or near San Salvo, Teano, Venafro, Catalupo hel Sannio, Isernia, Cassino, Montenero, and Boiano. Aquino airfield is also bombed.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers strike against railroad bridge on Ye-u branch line over Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa fails to damage the structure. This raid marks the final assault of the year on this bridge.

Fifth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers carry out low-level attack on Wewak area, sinking 2 small freighters, and strafing barges and aeroplanes. Madang is strafed by 4 P-39 fighters and 2 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boomerangs. More than 50 P-40 fighters hit Gasmata. 11 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Pombelaa nickel mines.

Thirteenth Air Force. Kahili airfield and surrounding areas are pounded by 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 30 P-39 fighters and P-40 fighters and about 160 Navy fighters and dive bombers. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and Navy aeroplanes hit targets in Choiseul Island area. Other Navy aircraft hit Kara airfield. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers claims hits on a carrier North West of Buka.

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