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2nd September 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 5 forces totalling 319 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are dispatched to attack German Air Force airfields in France. Because of unfavourable cloud conditions only part of one force is able to attack a target. 16 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Denain, Prouvy airfield and 18 bomb Mardyck airfield. Over 100 medium bombers attack Foret D'Hesdin and power station at Mazingarbe.

Twelfth Air Force. Almost 200 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers of XII Bomber Command bomb marshalling yards at Bologna, Trento, Bolzano, and Cancello Arnone. Bombers and fighters escorting the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers claim 28 enemy aeroplanes shot down. Tactical aircraft (including The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and Ninth Air Force aeroplanes) hit gun positions and other targets on Italian toe, bomb rail command at Bova Marina, Locri, Marina di Monasterace, Siderno Marina, Lamezia, and Catanzaro, and attack barges in Golfo di Sant' Eufemia and ammunition dump at SaPri.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 5 P-40 fighters bomb Kowloon area and attack shipping off Stonecutter's Island and in Lai Chi Kok area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, attack shipping at Wewak harbour, claiming 1 vessel sunk and 2 left aflame. 10 enemy interceptors are claimed destroyed. Barrage balloons offer some protection to the enemy ships. This is first Army Air Force observation of Japanese use of such balloons in Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA).

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 60 plus Navy aircraft pound Vila, hitting antiaircraft and artillery positions and area East of Ringa Cove. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 20 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters, and more than 60 Navy planes attack Kahili. Shore installations, the airfield, and bridges North of the strip are hit.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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