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2nd November 1943

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Twelfth Air Force. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) light bombers and medium bombers hit gun positions and ammunition dump on Eighth Army front, railroad facilities at Aquila, and coast road at Terracina. At night light bombers hit Zara and Penna Point. XII A Support Command and Desert Air Force (DAF) fighters and fighter-bombers attack gun positions and ammunition dumps along British Eighth Army front, hit gun positions South of Isernia, bomb Fondi, and attack several bridges and junctions in advance of United States Fifth Army front. Numerous trucks and a train also are strafed.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb aircraft factory and surrounding industrial complex at Wiener Neustadt. The heavy bombers claim over 50 attacking fighters destroyed. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Ancona marshalling yard. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Civitavecchia harbour and miss railroad bridge near Amelia. P-38 Lightning fighters escort the heavy bombers and the B-26 Marauder medium bombers.

Fourteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 12 P-40 fighters pound docks and warehouses at Shasi.

Fifth Air Force. In direct support of Allied landings on Bougainville, 75 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with escort of 70 P-38 Lightning fighters, attack Rabaul airfields and harbour. 3 destroyers and 8 merchant vessels are sunk or left sinking. The medium bombers and fighters claim 12 aircraft destroyed on the ground and 68 shot down. Antiaircraft and air opposition is the strongest thus far encountered by the Fifth Air Force. 21 United States aeroplanes are lost. P-39 fighters pound road in Bogadjim area. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe command routes near Fortification Point.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kahili 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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