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28th May 1943

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Events On This Day

In night action near Dunkirk our light coastal forces set four trawlers and two coastal craft on fire, one Royal Naval gunboat was lost.

Russian Front. Heavy fighting still in progress Northeast of Novorossisk, Kuban.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 27-28 May 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Villacidro, Decimomannu, and Elmas airfields. During day, P-40 fighters hit Pantelleria, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb oil refinery, marshalling yard, harbour, and shipbuilding yards at Leghorn, while medium bombers attack airfields of Sciacca, Castelvetrano, Milo, and Bo Rizzo. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Pantelleria.

Ninth Air Force. During 27-28 May 1943, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command, bomb Augusta. During day, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 2 groups hit Foggia airfield and surrounding area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, operating in 2 forces, dive-bomb railroad yards at Yoyang. Tracks, warehouses, and the roundhouse are damaged.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Wewak, Dagua, and Boram airfields and bomb Wewak-Dagua coast road.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters, along with naval aircraft, attempt strike on Kolombangara area and Munda but are hampered by bad weather. Some of the dive bombers (Navy torpedo Bomber) manage to bomb runway and revetment area at Munda.

Seventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Canton Island fly reconnaissance bombing mission over Abemama Island, dropping 6 500 lb bombs.

R125 R-boat
Launched 28 May 1943

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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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