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3rd August 1943

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In Sicily. It was announced that the capture of Assoro, Nissoria, Mistretta, San Stefano, and Catenanuova fall of Centuripe to the British 78th Division., Troina and Cerami to American forces. The British 8th Army entered Catanian Plain in the west.

In Australasia. Progress made against stiff opposition at Munda in New Georgia and Salamaua in New Guinea .

Russian Front. Bitter fighting continued around Orel. Russians captured Stish Wehrmacht ground forces ceased attacks in Donetz area due to heavy losses.

The British Admiralty announced that in the Atlantic recently a concentration of 25-30 U-boats had been dispersed, two being destroyed.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers hit tactical targets in battle area in Sicily. Fighters, light bombers, and medium bombers hit shipping in Straits of Messina and at Milazzo and attack Adrano and Biancavilla and gun emplacements and bridges in the area. United States forces continue East along North coast toward Furiano River. At Troina, further inland, enemy continues firm resistance.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Adrano and its highway approaches. Over 300 P-40 fighters, largest Ninth Air Force total to date, attack harbours and shipping at Milazzo and Messina, and give direct support to British ground forces in Catania-Bronte area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb barges, small craft, villages, grounded planes, trails, and military camps at numerous points, including areas in or around Bogadjim, Salamaua, Manokwari, and Larat and along Bubui, Masaweng, Mindjim, and Kofebi Rivers and Bogadjim Road. Also bombed are West coast of Borgen Bay and island in Marien Harbour.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 attack missions 2 of which abort are flown to Kiska by B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, P-38 Lightning fighters, and P-40 fighters. Numerous targets hit and strafed include installations at North Head and South Head.

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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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