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24th February 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out an extensive raid on Wilhelmshaven again and surrounding areas.

Russian Front. Soviet troops continued to progress in North Ukraine against heavier Wehrmacht ground forces resistance.

Joachim von Ribbentrop arrived in Rome on four-day visit.

Eighth Air Force. General Eaker, Commanding General, is advised by War Department (WD) of Combined Chiefs of Staff decision to employ his fighters units primarily in an offensive role in support of bombers.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Kairouan airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sink several barges Northeast of Cap Bon. B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb enemy columns in Kasserine Pass and hit town of Kasserine, while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack highway traffic near Sbeitla. A-20 Havoc light bombers and fighters hit motor transport in wide area around Kasserine and Sbeitla.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters knock out South span of railroad bridge Northeast of Pinbaw.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers continue to attack forces at Guadagasal Saddle, Waipali, trails from Waipali to Guadagasal Saddle and Mubo, and in area of Waria River mouth. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Lae, Angari, Yangla, Malahang landing strip, and smaller villages in the area. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers again hit shipping at Rabaul. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers continue single-plane harassing strikes on shipping and airfields in coastal areas of Portuguese and Northeast New Guinea and in Solomon Sea off Cape Saint George.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili and Faisi.

Eleventh Air Force. All except one mission of 4 P-40 fighters, to Kiska, are called off. The P-40 fighters make no contacts, however.

Hans Karl Meyer
Takes command of the battleship Tirpitz on 24 February 1943 to 1 May 1944

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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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