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4th February 1943

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Night raids carried out by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) on Turin, Spezia, Lorient and the Ruhr.

Russian Front. Kupiansk in the Ukraine and Shchigry and Tim, East of Kursk, captured from the Wehrmacht ground forces by Soviet shock troops.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators bombers made heavy raid on Rangoon docks.

Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Andrews assumes command of ETOUSA. North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army (NATOUSA) is established with General Eisenhower as commander.

Eighth Air Force. 32 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack marshalling yard, port area and industries in Emden, and a few strike at industries in Osnabruck. Bombers are opposed for first time by twin-engine fighters Me 110's and Ju 88's.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Gabes airfields and a landing ground West of the town. Weather prevents completion of a medium bombers mission against landing ground further South West. Fighters escort bombers and C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and fly reconnaissance over battle area.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Myitnge bridge South of Mandalay, damaging South approach. 3 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Myitnge railroad shops.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Lae airfield and harbour and nearby antiaircraft positions, and hit forces in Mubo, Komiatum, Zaka, and Wau areas. Japanese forces begin retreating in disorder from Wau area toward Mubo. Heavy bombers hit airfields at Rabaul, Gasmata, and Cape Gloucester, score hits on vessel off Arawe, and attack small boats at Lorengau, sinking 1 boat.

Thirteenth Air Force. A single B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers joins Navy aircraft in pounding Kahili airfield. Other Navy aeroplanes hit Munda airfield.

Eleventh Air Force. The weather reconnaissance plane over Kiska, jumped by 3 fighters, shoots 1 down. It is followed by 3 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 4 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 8 P-40 fighters. The B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast North Head submarine base, and score near misses on cargo ship. The B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit vicinity of Main Camp area. 3 of 5 float-planes which intercept are shot down. The P-40 fighters strafe Kiska ground installation and sight a fighters strip South West of Salmon Lagoon. 2 Amchitka fighters patrols are flown. The first also strafes gun emplacements on Vega Point. 5 enemy bombers strike Amchitka.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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