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3rd May 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS Turbulent which was declared overdue on 23 March 1943.

North Africa. United States Army (USA) troops occupied Mateur South of Bizerta.

Russian Front. Soviet bombers made night attacks on Gomel, Minsk and Briansk.

General Frank Maxwell Andrews, United States Army (USA) Commander in Europe, killed in air accident over Iceland, during an inspection tour, Lieutenant General Andrews was killed in crash of B-24D-1-CO Liberator, 41-23728, of the 8th Air Force out of RAF Bovingdon, England, on Mt. Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula after an aborted attempt to land at the Royal Air Force station at Kaldadarnes, Iceland. Andrews and thirteen others died in the crash, only the tail gunner, Staff Sergeant George A. Eisel of Columbus, Ohio, survived. Others killed in the crash included Adna W. Leonard, presiding Methodist bishop of North America, who was on a pastoral tour; Chaplains Colonel Frank L. Miller (Washington, D.C.) and Major. Robert H. Humphrey (Lynchburg, Va.), accompanying Bishop Leonard, Brigadier General Charles M. Barth (hometown Walter, Minn.), Andrews' chief of staff Colonel Morrow Krum (Lake Forest, Ill.), press officer for the ETO, Lieutenant Colonel Fred A. Chapman (Grove Hill, Ala.) and Major Theodore C. Totman (Jamestown, N.Y.), senior aides to Andrews; pilot Captain Robert H. Shannon (Washington, Iowa), of the 330th BS, 93rd Bomber Group; Captain Joseph T. Johnson (Los Angeles), navigator Captain James E. Gott (Berea, Ky.), Master Sergeant Lloyd C. Wier (McRae, Ark.), Technical Sergeant Kenneth A. Jeffers (Oriskany Falls, N.Y.); and Staff Sergeant Paul H. McQueen (Endwell, N.Y.).

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb landing ground near Protville and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit shipping at Bizerte. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters fly numerous reconnaissance missions over battle area as Mateur falls to United States 1st Armoured Division. Other fighters escort Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) bombers. Fighter-bombers bomb Massicault area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber missions against bridge, buildings, and docks in Northeast Tunisia.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strafe airfields at Gasmata. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafes launches North of Lolobau Island, claiming 1 boat sunk.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters join Navy dive bombers and fighters in attacks on buildings and antiaircraft positions in Rekata Bay area.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 11 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , 20 P-38 Lightning fighters, 27 P-40 fighters and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft participate in a weather reconnaissance mission to Attu and in 9 attack missions to Kiska. Kiska targets include Main Camp, North Head, radar, and runway.

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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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