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23rd October 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb railroad and road bridges ar Marsicano and Montalto di Castro. P-38 Lightning fighters hit airfields at Tirana. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridge in Albania. XII A Support Command, Desert Air Force (DAF), and Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) attack troop concentrations in Spinete area, and town areas, vehicles, trains, railroads, highways, bridges, and gun positions at or near Gaeta, Pescara, Vasto, Isolella, Sulrnona, Isernia, Vairano, and Ancona.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers bomb Meza railroad bridge, which is still being repaired following damaging raid of 10 October 1943. Damage is done to approaches.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Htawgaw.

Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb Rapopo airstrip, destroying about 20 aeroplanes on the ground. 20 enemy interceptors are claimed shot down. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Bogadjim area.

Thirteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters hit Kahili airfield. 36 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters join 60 Navy dive bombers and fighters in strike on Kara airfield. Both Kahili and Kara are attacked again later in the day, the former by 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 16 Navy fighters and the latter by 35 Army Air Force fighters and 42 Navy dive bombers. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kakasa.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Fighters shoot down a Japanese flying boat 70 miles South of Baker Island.

M326 Minesweeper
Commissioned 23 October 1943

T34 Torpedo boat
Launched 23 October 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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