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24th August 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 86 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit aircraft works in main strike at Villacoublay. Other planes bomb airfields at Conches and Evreux. 84 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, which had flown to North Africa after attacking Regensburg on 17 August 1943, bomb Bordeaux on return flight to United Kingdom.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighter and bombers hit railroad tunnel and cruiser offshore at Sapri, tracks and buildings at Castrovillari, and town area at Sibari. Desert Air Force (DAF) British Royal Air Force (RAF) aeroplanes strafe motor transport North of Reggio di Calabria and provide withdrawal cover for the Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and bombers.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , escorted by 22 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters, bomb airfields at Hankow and Wuchang. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are lost. The heavy bombers, medium bombers, and fighters claim 24 enemy interceptors shot down.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers thoroughly pound Wewak and bomb Salamaua. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Larat and barges East of Wotap.

Thirteenth Air Force. 25 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Papatura Fa Island and attack East shore of Ringa Cove. P-39 fighters strafe barges at Kakasa.

Zone of Interior. Army Air Force Antisubmarine Command is redesignated I Bomber Command after Army Air Force and United States Navy (USN) reached agreement under which the Army Air Force withdrew from antisubmarine operations; subsequently, I Bomber Command, Second Air Force, is redesignated XX Bomber Command.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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