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30th April 1943

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Essen heavily bombed by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers.

North Africa. Very heavy fighting continued on First Army front.

United States of America. Broke relations with Admiral Georges Robert, Governor of Martinique.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters hit shipping off Tunis while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike shipping near Cap Bon and Tunis-Medjez el Bab highway. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, Light bombers, and Medium bombers, hit positions near Mateur, Bir Meherga, and Ksar Tyr, concentrations near Furna, shipping in Gulf of Tunis and near Cap Bon, and attack isolated vehicles and troops along battle line as United States II Corps makes substantial gains in Jefna area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Messina ferry; bombs hit target area and nearby marshalling yard and city area. P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber missions against shipping with excellent results, claiming 1 destroyer and 3 other vessels sunk, and 2 destroyers and 2 boats damaged. Fighters claim 5 Me 109's shot down. 3 P-40 fighters are lost.

Tenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Gokteik Viaduct, damaging the North end. 4 others bomb Maymyo railroad yards. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Sule Pagoda wharves at Rangoon. 4 P-40 fighters and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Mohnyin, while 6 P-40 fighters attack camp South of Weshi.

Fifth Air Force. Single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Lae and airfields at Cape Gloucester and Gasmata.

Thirteenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb bivouac area and revetments at Kahili airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 17 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 7 P-40 fighters fly 4 missions to Kiska. Only the P-38 Lightning fighters get through and blast Gertrude Cove, Main Camp, the submarine base and a ship.

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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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