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3rd September 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 140 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers severely damage Luftwaffe airfield at Romilly-sur-Seine. Lesser air strikes take place at Meulan-Les Mureaux and at industrial areas around Paris. Almost 100 medium bombers hit airfields of Lille, Nord, Beauvais, Tille, and Beaumont-le-Roger.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on sweep over Sardinia hit Pula and Capo Carbonara radar installations. A-20 Havoc light bombers, A-36 Apache dive bomber fighters (and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) light bombers) hit gun positions throughout toe of Italy, attack airfields at Crotone and Camigliatello, and hit railway yards at Marina di Catanzaro and Punta di Staletti, troop concentration near Santo Stefano d'Aspromonte and road junctions and bridges at Cosenza. British Eighth Army lands on toe of Italy between Reggio di Calabria and Villa San Giovanni (Operation BAYTOWN). Italian government signs surrender terms.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb marshalling yard at Sulmona. Fierce attacks by enemy fighters account for 6 losses. Heavy bombers claim 11 enemy fighters destroyed.

Fourteenth Air Force. 11 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters blast barracks area at Pho Lu.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers and medium bombers blast gun emplacements and terrace defences in Lae area. Other heavy bombers hit Cape Gloucester area. Light raids are flown against targets on Ceram and Timor.

Thirteenth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 14 P-40 fighters, and 30 Navy aeroplanes attack Kahili airfield. Vila airfield is bombed by 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 10 Navy aircraft. P-40 fighters strafe Webster Cove wharf.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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