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31st August 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 106 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Amiens, Glisy airfield and nearby targets, airfield is severely damaged. 36 B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Lille, Vendeville airfield, and 34 others strike power station at Mazingarbe.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). About 150 Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers blast Pisa marshalling yard, doing large amount of damage. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) medium bombers and light bombers bomb Cosenza marshalling yard and road railway junction in Catanzaro during morning, and in afternoon bomb area around Cosenza when clouds prevent hitting specific targets. Fighter-bombers hit Sapri railroads and seaplane base. During night light bombers hit bivouac areas Southeast of Reggio di Calabria.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Pescara marshalling yard. Heavy bombers claim 9 enemy fighters destroyed.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Gia Lam airfield. 22 P-40 fighters and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb dike near Co Bi barracks. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Ichang airfield while 3 others attack oil storage area to the East. P-40 fighters also hit the oil stores. 3 P-40 fighters claim heavy damage to freighter off Stonecutter's Island near Hong Kong. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters dive-bomb Yoyang railroad yards and Sinti warehouses. A P-38 Lightning fighters is shot down by ground fire.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Bombers fly scattered strikes against shipping and shore targets in Saint George Channel, and Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters, in running battle over Vella Lavella, claim 5 Japanese aeroplanes shot down. Other P-40 fighters strafe barges in Timbala Bay. 22 it could B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 50 Navy aeroplanes bomb gun positions and radio station at Vila.

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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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