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30th July 1943

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces opened large-scale attacks in the Donetz basin, Russian Orel advance continued.

273 British Royal Air Force (RAF) Halifaxes, Stirlings, Lancasters, Mosquitos attacked Kassel (Central German arms centre) and Remscheid (between Ruhr and Rhine) heavily bombed, 15 bombers lost. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) laid mines in the Frisian Islands without loss.

Eighth Air Force. 134 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb aircraft works and marshalling yard at Kassel. P-47 Thunderbolt fighters with auxiliary tanks surprise attacking Luftwaffe fighters over Bocholt as enemy is not yet accustomed to fighters escort penetration beyond coastal fringe. Small number of medium bombers hit airfields at Woensdrecht. Bad weather causes multiple aborts on this mission and abandonment of attack on Courtrai airfield.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Grottaglie airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Pratica di Mare. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb Milazzo and hit gun positions North and East of Centuripe. Fighters hit shipping off Milazzo. Enemy evacuates Santo Stefano Quisquina, with rear Fuard action. British take Catenanuova and push on to Northeast.

Ninth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack shipping at Milazzo, Messina, and Riposto, and hit targets in battle area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters over Hengyang area make contact with 39 Japanese fighters and 24 bombers. In the ensuing battle, 3 bombers and 2 fighters are downed, 2 P-40 fighters are lost.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Salamaua and Kela. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit barges off Huon Peninsula and villages in Finschhafen area. A-20 Havoc light bombers destroy several barges at Hanisch Harbour and Langemak Bay. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Cape Gloucester and Unea Island.

Thirteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with escort of 16 P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters and 40 plus Navy F4U Corsair fighter, pound Ballale Island Air force.

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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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