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24th January 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. In Tunisia Wehrmacht command forces occupied hill East of Ousseltia valley.

In the Mediterranean. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bomber aircraft bombed shipping at Palermo and Messina.

Russian Front. South of Voronezh, Soviet troops occupied Starobielsk.

In Burma. Allied bombers attacked Rangoon, Shwebo and Akyab.

In Australasia. Waves of United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bomber aircraft raided Munda, New Georgia.

Twelfth Air Force. Colonel Paul L Williams assumes command of XII A Support Command. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers, operating in 2 forces, attack Medenine airfield. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit shipping in Sousse harbour. Fighters escort bombers and attack vehicles and troop concentrations along battle line in Tunisia.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike Medenine airfield. P-40 fighters fly cover and fighter-bomber missions as Axis forces retreat West from Tripoli.

Tenth Air Force. 492d Bomber Squadron, not previously tried in battle, borrows 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 1 crew from 436th Squadron and mounts a 9-plane strike against docks at Rangoon. Hits are scored on the wharves, storage areas, and a 6,000-ton vessel in the harbour. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe ammunition stores at Shaduzup.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields, harbour, and shipping at Rabaul. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit supply dumps in terrace area of Lae. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack runways at Cape Gloucester and Gasmata, and bomb Dili.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and 6 medium bombers attempt attack on Kiska. Medium bombers abort over Semisopochnoi. Heavy bombers circle Kiska until weather closes in. 2 aircraft bomb Amchitka harbour area before United States interceptors, 6 P-38 Lightning fighters and 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, arrive. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters return due to mechanical troubles. The others fly negative search over Kiska.

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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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