The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made one of wars
heaviest night raids on Duisburg.
North Africa. On the First Army front, British infantry captured
the whole of Longstop Hill.
In the Mediterranean. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers
carry out night attack on airfield at Bari, Italy.
Soviet Government announced suspension of relations with Polish
Government in London, following German story of massacre of
Polish officers near Smolensk.
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 25
April 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF)
Wellingtons bomb Decimomannu, Elmas, and Villacidro airfields.
On following afternoon, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
strike airfield at Grosseto. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
bomb railroads at Mateur and town of Tebourba, while B-26
Marauder medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit shipping
near Marettimo and Porto Ponte Romano. Northwest African Tactical
Air Force (NATAF) fighters, Light bombers, and medium bombers
hit area North West of Enfidaville, bomb Soliman South landing
ground, hit vessels off Cap Bon, and attack Ksar Tyr, roads
in Pont-du-Fahs-Zaghouan-Cheylus area, Massicault area, and
numerous positions along battle line in Northeast Tunisia.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields, hangars, and dispersal
area at Bari. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers South hit landing
ground at Soliman South. The British Royal Air Force (RAF)
Liberators, under IX Bomber Control control, hit Bari and
Barletta, P-40 fighters, escorting bombers, claim 4 Me
Tenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb warehouses WSW of Central railroad
station at Rangoon. 7 others blast Thilawa oil refinery, causing
heavy damage. 10 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Heho airfield
and 16 attack Kanaung airfield.
Fourteenth Air Force. A Japanese force of 12 bombers and 15
fighters hit Yunnani airfield with surprise raid. 5 P-40 fighters
and 1 C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft are destroyed. 15 other
P-40 fighters are damaged. 5 United States personnel and several
Chinese labourers are killed.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lae and Finschhafen. A single
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers carries out harassing attacks
on Arawe, Ubili, and Gasmata.
Eleventh Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 15 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
, 36 P-40 fighters, 21 P-38 Lightning fighters and 1 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft
fly 15 missions to Kiska. 24 of the P-40 sorties are flown
by Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots. 5 B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers abort mission due to weather. Bombs are dropped
on North Head runway and nearby area, radar, gun installations,
Main Camp and on Little Kiska.
Zone of Interior. Command Wing is activated to assume responsibilities
from Headquarters Army Air Force for supervision of Army Airways
Communications System (AACS) (established in 1938).
Is severely damaged after hitting a mine.
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