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2nd March 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers raided targets in Western Germany.

North Africa. New Afrika Corps attack developed in Sejenane area of Northern Tunisia. Allied aircraft bombed targets at Tunis and near Mareth.

In the Mediterranean. Allied fighters and bombers from Malta attacked Lampedusa aerodrome.

In Australasia. Japanese air force fighters raiding aerodrome at Port Darwin were intercepted by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires now operating in Australia.

Italian Eighth Army returned home from the Russian front.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping and harbour area at Palermo. B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack bridges and flak positions at La Hencha. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters hit troops, tanks, and motor transport South of Mateur and Northeast of Bedja as enemy renews attack along Mateur-Taberka road near Jefna.

Tenth Air Force. More than 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound targets in Burma. 7 splinter part of Ahlone docks and destroy a nearby warehouse, 6 hit Mahlwagon roundhouse, and 9 attack bridge at Pazundaung, tearing up its South approach. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-40 escort, hit camp and storage area at Lamaing while 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, also with fighters escort, pound Myitkyina.

Fifth Air Force. Battle of the Bismarck Sea begins. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack convoy of 8 transports and 8 destroyers as it proceeds from Rabaul towards Huon Gulf. The heavy bombers first hit the convoy North of New Britain. The last air strike of the day takes place West North West of Umboi Island between New Guinea and New Britain. By the end of the day, half of the transports are sunk or sinking.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, P-38 Lightning fighters,and a single PB4Y Privateer patrol bomber fly photo reconnaissance mission over Munda airfield.

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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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