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25th November 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Bombing by P-47 Thunderbolt fighters is inaugurated by VIII Fighter Command in attack on Saint-Omer airfield by 56th and 353d Fighter Groups. Two other fighters groups, the 55th (P-38 Lightning fighters) and 352d (P-47 Thunderbolt fighters), carry out offensive sweeps in Lille area. The fighters, including 2 escorting groups, fly over 330 offensive sorties. 401st Bomber Group reaches operational status, making 22 heavy bomber groups now operational in Eighth Air Force.

Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF) Air Chief Marshal Sir Leigh-Mallory activates his Headquarters. Second Tactical Air Force, The British Royal Air Force (RAF), and on 15 December 1943 United States Ninth Air Force (operationally) are included under Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) light bombers and medium bombers of XII A Support Command, along with Allied air planes, bomb gun positions and defended points in Lanciano Fossacesic area. Medium bombers also hit Sarajevo, Travnik and Ancona. United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters at tack vehicles, gun positions, and strong points in Casoli, Castelfrentano, Lanciano, Fossacesia area.

Fifteenth Air Force. Bad weather causes recall of heavy bombers. P-38 Lightning fighters on supply and air sea rescue escort duty also abort due to rain storms.

Tenth Air Force. In a raid on Rangoon, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of the 308th Bomber Group, borrowed from Fourteenth Air Force, are unable to bomb because of bad weather but B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, covered by P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers, manage to hit Mingaladon airfield, damaging the field and claiming 2 aeroplanes destroyed. Japanese fighters intercept and in the ensuing battle the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers claim 2 shot down. 2 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers are lost.

Fourteenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers attack airfields at Shinchiku, hitting a parking area, hangars, barracks, and other buildings. 32 enemy aircraft are claimed destroyed in the air and on the ground. 16 P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance over Hanshow, Changte area sink 2 60 ft boats and 15 sampans and strafe many small supply and troop carrying boats.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters strafe Bogadjim Road. Sattelberg falls to Australian 9th Division.

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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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