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29th May 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS Regent which was mined north of Barletta, Puglia, Italy on 18 April 1943.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made first attack on industrial area of Wuppertal in the Ruhr during the night.

Russian Front. Soviet air force aircraft made night raids on Gomel and Karachev.

In China. Supported by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) bomber aircraft, Chinese forces launched counter offensive on Yangtse front.

Eighth Air Force. 147 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit submarine pens and locks at Saint-Nazaire. Smaller strikes are made at Rennes naval depot and Kriegsmarine U-boat yards at La Pallice. 7 YB-40 heavily armed escort bombers, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers with increased firepower for escorting bombers, fly their first mission to Saint-Nazaire. YB-40 heavily armed escort bombers show inability to keep up with B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and need for modification of waist and tail gun feeds and ammunition supplies.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 28-29 May 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb town areas, docks, and airfield at Castelevtrano, Bo Rizzo, Trapani, and Marsala. During day, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Porto Ponte Romano. P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters, and B-26 Marauder medium bombers of Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) and Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) attack gun positions, radar station, and town area on Pantelleria.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Ichang. 4 P-40 fighters hit targets in Tengchung and Lungling areas.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Madang and Alexishafen. Heavy bombers and medium bombers, operating individually or in flights of 2 bombers, attack town, airfields, shipping, docks, and other targets at various places, including Dili, Penfoei, Damar Island, Soemba, Soembawa, Babo, Nabire, Saidor, Finschhafen, Manam Island, and Cape Gloucester.

Eleventh Air Force. No missions flown. All of Attu is secure after 19 days of fighting. United States ground forces land on Shemya.

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Commissioned 29 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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