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31st October 1943

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Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Antheor viaduct. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Anzio. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack docks and shipping at Civitavecchia. P-38 Lightning fighters strafe and bomb Tirana airfield. Weather cancels all Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) attacks except for 11 P-40 fighters which bomb and strafe tanker off Split, leaving it burning. XII A Support Command fighters fly uneventful naval escort.

Tenth Air Force. In an attempt to knock out Japanese base from which fighters are attacking ferrying operations, P-40 fighters carrying 1000 lb bombs fly 4 strikes against Myitkyina. Following the bomb runs, the fighters strafe antiaircraft positions. The attacks cause considerable damage to the base. Medium bombers attack Meza railroad bridge, scoring hits on approaches but missing the structure. The bridge remains unusable due to damage caused by the 10 October 1943 strike.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters sink barge off New Britain coast.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters support, bomb Kara airfield.

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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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