First use of Serrate radar homing equipment fitted in the
British Royal Air Force (RAF) night fighting aircraft. The
receivers allowed Beaufighters to home in on Luftwaffe night
fighters interception radars.
In the Mediterranean. Palermo and airfields in Sicily attacked
by Flying Fortresses, Cagliari (Sardinia) bombed.
In Australasia. Americans landed at Nassau Bay, near Salamaua,
New Guinea. Trobriand and Woodlark Islands, Northeast of New
Guinea, and Rendova Island, in New Georgia group of Solomons,
occupied. Munda, on New Georgia Island, bombarded from Rendova,
from the sea and from the air. Allied warship shelled Vila
on Kolombangara Island, and Faisi (Shortland Islands). Darwin
raided by 27 Japanese air force bombers.
Mr. Churchill received Freedom of the City of London at the
Guildhall in his speech he predicted heavy fighting in Mediterranean
and elsewhere before the leaves of autumn fall.
Award announced of Viscount to Field Marsha! Sir A. Wavell,
Viceroy designate of India.
Eighth Air Force. VIII Fighter Command becomes independent
of The British Royal Air Force (RAF) operational control.
All fighters groups are placed under control of 65th Fighter
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 29
June 1943 over 60 Wellingtons hit area North West of Cape
San Marco and marshalling yard and surrounding area at Messina.
The following day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb
Palermo and Boccadifalco airfield, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
hit Sciacca airfield and B-26 Marauder medium bombers strike
Bo Rizzo airfield. Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF)
aeroplanes sink 2 schooners off South and East Sardinia and
damage vessel off West coast of Italy.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters fly escort for a sea rescue aeroplane 35 miles North
of Cap Bon.
Fifth Air Force. Allied amphibious forces begin landings,
unopposed, at Nassau Bay during 29
June 1943. Forces push North and South toward Bitoi River
and Tabali Creek, respectively. Troops make contact with enemy
forces in Cape Dinga area South of Nassau Bay. Australians
open assault on Bobdubi Ridge and maintain pressure on enemy
in Mubo area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Bobdubi Ridge
in support of the assault and hit forces at Logui and Salamaua.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also bomb airfields at Cape Chater.
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers bomb Rabaul airfield. 1 heavy bomber score hit on
cargo vessel off Cape Gloucester.
Thirteenth Air Force. Invasion of New Georgia begins with
amphibious landings by Army and Marine forces on nearby Rendova
Island. Subsidiary landings take place at other points in
the New Georgia area. Thirteenth Air Force and other allied
fighters cover the landings. At 1100 30 plus Zeros attack
the beachhead, Allied fighters intercept, claiming 16 shot
down. At 1500 a large force of fighters, dive bombers, and
torpedo carrying bombers attack the vessels of the Task Force
which is handling the landings. F4U Corsair fighter, antiaircraft
down all the torpedo carrying bombers as they attack vessels.
However, a torpedo strikes the flagship McCawley amidships,
severely damaging the vessel (later mistakenly sunk by United
States motor torpedo boats). Early in the evening about 30
more Japanese aircraft return to the assault area. Allied
fighters claim 18 of these shot down. B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers and Navy dive bombers bomb Munda airfield. B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers strike on Kahili aborts because of bad weather.
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