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3rd July 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancaster's, Halifaxes, Wellingtons, Stirlings, Mosquitos carried out raids on the following Kalk and Duetz, Cologne industrial districts, bombed. Hamburg and Ruhr targets also attacked.

In Australasia. Allied warships, supported by dive bombers, bombarded Wickham Anchorage, Vangunu island, in New Georgia. Japanese raids on Nassau Bay and Bena Bena (New Guinea). Australians and United States forces linked up in New Guinea.

Eighth Air Force. General Devers, Commanding General European Theatre of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), in report to General Arnold, praises proficiency of VIII Bomber Command bombardiers but stresses dire need for high-altitude gunnery training.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 2-3 of July 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons attack Olbia and Trapani. The following day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Chilivani, Monserrato, and Alghero airfields. Fighters hit radar station at Pula and Alghero, while B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Milis and Capotera airfields. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) light bombers hit area around Marsala and airfields at Sciacca and Trapani.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Comiso. P-40 fighters fly escort over Sicily and over Pantelleria, claiming destruction of 1 fighters.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit the often bombed bridge at Myitnge, knocking the South end span into the river.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields in Rabaul area and hit Kendari airfield. Koepang is attacked by 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers . A lone B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs landing strip at Cape Gloucester.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields and antiaircraft positions at Munda.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Main Camp and take photos of Segula.

M408 Minesweeper
Commissioned 3 July 1943

M463 Minesweeper
Commissioned 3 July 1943

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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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