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4th August 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellingtons carried out minelaying off Lorient and St Nazaire without loss.

In Sicily. Capture announced of Caronia by United States troops.

Russian Front. Soviet troops launched big offensive on Byelgorod front.

In Australasia. It was revealed that American troops had reached Munda airfield and had occupied part of Bibolo Hill.

Eighth Air Force. 33 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit shipyards at Le Trait.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Naples submarine base. B-26 Marauder medium bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit railroad bridge at Catanzaro and railroad at Paola. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters attack command targets, gun positions, and storage areas in Milazzo-Adrano-Biancavilla and Bronte-Riposto-Fiumefreddo areas. A number of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) aircraft hit rail sidings on toe of Italy and attack shipping off Messina. In Sicily, British cross Salso River with 2 divisions, while other forces prepare to drive on Catania and others continue toward Misterbianco.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters attack shipping at Messina and support ground forces at North end of Mount Etna. United States troops are halted by fierce opposition at Furiano River and at Troina.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe Itni River area and hit several villages on Selaroe Island. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb dump area on Francisco River and Cape Gloucester airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and Navy dive bombers, bomb Gurasai-Kindu area. Some of the medium bombers also strafe areas emitting intense small arms fire, silencing it. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters claim 11 fighters downed in series of running battles over Central Solomons.

Eleventh Air Force. Between 0855 and 1846, 153 tons of bombs are dropped on Kiska, a new one day record. 6 armed weather, photo and reconnaissance missions, flown by 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 2 P-40 fighters, and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft bomb through clouds, take photos and observe fires in Main Camp and on Little Kiska. Later 48 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 22 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 16 A-24 Banshee dive bomber, 8 P-40 fighters, and 40 P-38 Lightning fighters fly 17 bombing and strafing attacks to Kiska. Targets hit include buildings near radio station, and gun battery area on North Head. Little Kiska and Segula Island are also strafed.

R216 R-boat
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