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30th January 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes made two daylight raids on Berlin on occasion of tenth anniversary of Adolf Hitler's accession. Heavy bombers also attacked Hamburg by night.

North Africa. In Tunisia German 21st Panzer and three Italian divisions from Hans-Jürgen von Arnim's 5th Panzer Army met elements of the French forces near Faïd, the main pass from the eastern arm of the mountains into the coastal plains. Fredendall did not respond to the French request to send reinforcements in the form of tanks from 1st Armoured Division and after desperate resistance, the under equipped French defenders were overrun. Several counterattacks were organised,

In the Mediterranean. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Liberators made daylight raid on Messina harbour.

Russian Front. In Caucasus Soviet troops captured Tikhoretsk and Maikop.

In Australasia. Sea and air battle began off the Solomons.

Mr. Winston Churchill arrived in Turkey for two day conference with President Mustafa Ismet Inonu. Admiral Karl Dönitz, U-boat chief, appointed Commander-In-Chief of Kriegsmarine.

Twelfth Air Force. Over 50 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb docks and shipping at Ferryville. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad installations and warehouses at El Aouinet while B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb railroad South of Reyville. Fighters and A-20 Havoc light bombers carry out numerous strafing and bombing operations against tanks, motor transport, and troop concentrations along battle line in Tunisia between El Guettar and Faid.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb train ferry terminal at Messina. Direct hits are scored on a ship and antiaircraft battery near terminal.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping and wharf facilities at Rabaul. A-20 Havoc light bombers strafe and bomb Lae and area around Mubo in vicinity of Garrison Hill and along Komiatum Track. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating individually, bomb runway at Gasmata and attack transport vessel in Open Bay.

Thirteenth Air Force. Antiaircraft positions and airfield area at Munda Point are pounded by B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 patrols, each composed of 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters, fly over Amchitka and are recalled early due to weather. 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, upon an alleged submarine sighting, drops 4 depth charges and 1 bomb whereupon a whale breaks water. Weather cancels other missions.

M271 Minesweeper
Commissioned 30 January 1943

M326 Minesweeper
Launched 30 January 1943

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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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