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29th July 1943

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Events On This Day

In Sicily. It was announced that Pollina, Castelbuono, Nicosia, and Agira captured, 75,000 prisoners taken to date.

In Italy. It was disclosed that in the raid on Rome 19 July 1943, 700 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bombers dropped 1,100 tons of bombs.

777 British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancasters, Halifaxes, Stirlings, Wellingtons, Mosquitos again plastered Hamburg in great night attack, 28 bombers were lost.

Eighth Air Force. 91 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb Kriegsmarine U-boat yards at Kiel, and 81 attack Heinkel aircraft factory at Warnemunde. Medium bombers hit Saint-Omer and Fort Rouge airfield. Mission to Schiphol airfield aborts due to navigational error.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Aquino airfield. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Viterbo airfield. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and light bombers hit Regalbuto, Milazzo, shipping off Messina, and gun positions and motor transport in Northeast Sicily. United States Seventh Army almost completes mopping up of West Sicily, approaches Santo Stefano Quisquina, advances on Mistretta, and takes 3 islands off Trapani. British Eighth Army opens assault during 29-30 July 1943 along axis of Catenanuova-Adrano.

Ninth Air Force. Over 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, to date the largest number of fighters operating in 1 day during Sicilian campaign, attack Messina Riposto, shipping at Catania, Santa Teresa di Riva, Taormina, Milazzo, and in Straits of Messina.

Tenth Air Force. 2 flights of United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers blast the previously bombed Mu River bridge between Ywataung and Monywa. The bridge is hit heavily with 1 span left submerged in the river.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb shipping and dockyard installations at Hong Kong. Kowloon and Taikoo Docks and the old Royal Navy yards are hit. 4 P-40 fighters attack Japanese force of 23 bombers and 30 fighters attacking Hengyang. 1 Japanese fighters is downed.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kela Point and village, and Salamaua town and peninsula area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and a B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Army Headquarters, barges, and villages in Natamo vicinity, shipping off Cape Gloucester, and barges off Cape Dampier, in Borgen Bay, and along coast from Ring Ring Plantation to Roebuck Point. P-40 fighters strafe targets.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers scouts Kiska and bombs Main Camp area.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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