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28th July 1943

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Events On This Day

In Sicily. German defence line defined as running from San Stefano on North coast through Nicosia to the River Dittaino. Gangi captured by American forces.

Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to Britain, appointed Deputy Commissar for Foreign Affairs.

Kriegsmarine U-boat, U-404, is sunk by aircraft of 4th Antisubmarine Squadron and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) 224 Squadron, at the Bay of Biscay 45-53N 09-23W.

Eighth Air Force. Over 300 HRs are dispatched in 2 forces to bomb German targets. Bad weather prevents majority from completing mission, but 49 bomb aircraft works at Kassel and 28 attack major Fw 190 factory at Oschersleben, marking deepest United States bomber penetration into Germany to date. Raid achieves good results. However, 22 heavy bombers are lost as fighters score first effective results with rockets. 105 P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, equipped with jettisonable belly tanks for first time on mission, escort the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers into Germany; other P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, going more than 30 miles deeper into Germany than they have penetrated before, meet the returning bombers. They surprise about 60 Luftwaffe fighters and destroy 9 of them; one P-47 Thunderbolt fighters is lost. 17 B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Zeebrugge coke ovens. Medium bombers mission to bomb Triqueville airfield aborts because of failure to meet fighters escort in bad weather.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) fighters sweep over South Sardinia. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers hit Regalbuto, Milazzo, and Centuripe. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters hit heavy traffic on Troina Randazzo road, bridges and roads North and West of Cesaro, landing ground at Falcone, and buildings near Randazzo. United States Seventh Army takes Nicosia and pushes toward Santo Stefano di Camastra. British Eighth Army takes Agira. Allied cargo vessels begin arriving at Palermo, and General Alexander, 15 Army Group Commanding General, moves his Headquarters to Sicily.

Ninth Air Force. Approximately 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit shipping at Catania and Santa Teresa, fly patrol over Straits of Messina and bomb encampments.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with escort of 9 P-40 fighters, bomb Taikoo Docks at Hong Kong.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack barges and fuel dump between Cape Raoult and Rein Bay, and hit airfields at Cape Gloucester and 2 destroyers offshore. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Unea Island and unsuccessfully attack shipping in Saint George Channel. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Manokwari, Larat, and Boela. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town of Lautem and airfield at Cape Chater.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and Navy aircraft hit gun positions and other targets at Webster Cove.

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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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