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3rd March 1943

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Events On This Day

Daylight raid by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes on Molybdenum mines at Knaben in Norway. Also a heavy night raid carried out on Hamburg.

North Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps continued their attack in Sejenane area of North Tunisia.

Russian Front. Soviet troops occupied Rzhev after prolonged battle with the Wehrmacht ground forces.

Two small-scale Luftwaffe night raids on London, accident at Tube shelter caused death of 173 persons.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb docks and shipping at Tunis and shipping and power plant at La Goulette harbour. Fighters and medium bombers of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) hit ground forces in areas around Bedja, Bou Arada, and Mateur. Fighting around Bedja subsides but enemy forces take Sedjenane.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched against Naples fail to reach primary target. Several bomb secondary target, Messina, while 3 bomb bridges at Banco and Siderno Marina. P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber missions along Mareth Line as probing attack against British 51st Division positions near Mareth is driven back. German Afrika Korps issues plan for counter-attack from Mareth Line.

Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mahlwagon marshalling yard and dock area at Rangoon. 9 others attack Pazundaung railroad bridge but fail to knock it out. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad sheds at Maymyo.

Fifth Air Force Battle of Bismarck Sea continues as heavy bombers are joined by medium bombers, Light bombers, and fighters aircraft (United States and Australian) in pounding convoy as it moves into Huon Gulf. Motor torpedo boat of United States Seventh Fleet also close with the enemy. By the end of the day all 8 transports have been sunk and Allied aircraft have destroyed 4 of the 8 destroyers and a large number of fighters aircraft covering the convoy.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters sweep Kiska dropping demolition and fragmentation bombs. Admiral Kinkaid, Commanding Officer Alaska Defence Command tables Kiska invasion plan and substitutes an Attu invasion plan.

M456 Minesweeper
Launched 3 March 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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