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30th August 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 482d Bomber Group, a Pathfinder group fitted with British Oboe and H2X and United States H2X blind bombing equipment, becomes operational. 31 B-26 Marauder medium bombers raid ammunition dump at Foret d'Eperlecques near Saint-Omer.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) bomb Viterbo airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Civitavecchia marshalling yard. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Aversa marshalling yard. P-40 fighters strafe radar station at Pula. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) medium bombers and light bombers attack marshalling yards at Marina di Catanzaro and Paola, and gun emplacements and bivouac South of Reggio di Calabria. A-36 Apache dive bomber bomb marshalling yards at Sapri and Lamezia and hit town of Pellaro.

Fourteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, some with P-40 support, attack Owchihkow and Shihshow, blasting fuel stores and several buildings; the P-40 fighters strafe gun positions outside Shihshow. 10 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance from Sinti to Yoyang to Sienning, strafe and bomb several targets, 3 locomotives are exploded and another damaged, a water tank is knocked down, and several railroad stations are heavily damaged. 4 other P-40 fighters attack convoy East of Hong Kong. 1 freighter is hit amidships, causing heavy damage; 2 other vessels are also effectively damaged.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Dagua, But, and Tadji. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit barges on Bubui River. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Cape Gloucester airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sweep along North West coast, bombing and strafing barges and enemy occupied villages.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, along with 20 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters and 20 plus Navy F4U Corsair fighter, pound Kahili airfield. Allied aeroplanes claim more than 30 Japanese shot down. 6 United States aircraft are lost.

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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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