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31st March 1943

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. In the Kuban Soviet e troops occupied Anastayevskaya.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Blenheims bombers bombed oil installations at Bhamo.

Eighth Air Force. Rotterdam shipyards and dock area are hit by 33 heavy bombers, while others attack ship docks at Schiedam and city area of Bocholt.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 30-31 March 1943, Wellingtons bomb Decimomannu airfield. During the day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Villacidro, Monserrato and Decimomannu airfields and Cagliari harbour. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit shipping off Northeast Tunisia. The B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers missions are escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, Light bombers, and medium bombers attack La Fauconnerie airfield, hit concentrations on El Guettar-Gabes road (enemy positions through which United States II Corps is trying to break), bomb transport in Djebel Tabouna area, attack roads in Mezzouna-Mahares-Sfax-Sousse areas, hit trucks, half- tracks, and tanks South of Djebel Berda and in Djebel Berrani area, bomb Djebel Chemsi Pass, strafe trucks on Djebel Hadifa-Sidi Rouda road and in Ofel-El Guettar area. Western Desert Air Force (WDAF )hits El Maou landing ground.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Sfax airfield. Bombs explode among 6 parked aeroplanes. P-40 fighters escort bombers and fly fighter-bomber operations, during which motor transport along highway North of Gabes is hit.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb marshalling yard at Pyinmana, blasting railroad tracks and warehouses.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Salamaua, while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Babo. Individual B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Lae airfield, Finschhafen, and Samoa Point and Timper River bridges.

Thirteenth Air Force United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Suavanau Point area on Rekata Bay.

Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance aeroplane finds impenetrable weather and returns to base. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters make uneventful sweep.

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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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