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4th May 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out raids on The Hague and Abbeville. By night the British Royal Air Force (RAF) made first major attack on Dortmund 30 bombers missing.

North Africa. French launched attack South of Zaghouan, near Pont du Fahs.

In Australasia. It was announced that United States Army (USA) forces had occupied Russell Island North West of Guadalcanal.

Eighth Air Force. 65 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers strike former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp. With this mission, P-47 Thunderbolt fighters begin providing fighters escort up to 175 miles. More than 30 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly successful diversionary feint toward French coast, arousing more than 100 Luftwaffe fighters (about half of total number in the region) and keeping many of them airborne long enough to prevent their attacking main effort.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Weather restricts Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) operations to reconnaissance and uneventful shipping sweep, Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters attack gun positions and vehicles near Zaghouan and Massicault and at other points in surrounding areas. Light bombers and medium bombers hit Zaghouan in support of French advance.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack shipping at Reggio di Calabria and Taranto. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Zaghouan, including landing ground and road running to Bou Ficha. P-40 fighters fly sea patrol and escort, as well as fighter-bomber missions in Zaghouan area.

Fourteenth Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb dock installations, coal yards, and oil storage area at Samah on Hainan Island. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound docks at Haiphong. 19 P-40 fighters escort heavy bombers and medium bombers to Hanoi and then proceed with medium bombers to Haiphong and strafe the target area following the bombing strike.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Babo and town area, harbour, and shipping at Wewak. Single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit barges off North coast of New Britain.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers fly snooper strikes during 3-4 May 1943 against Vila airfield and Rekata Bay area. P-40 fighters join Navy aircraft in strike on Vangavanga.

Eleventh Air Force. 36th Bomber Squadron begins to operate from Amchitka. 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 8 P-38 Lightning fighters, 2 P-40 fighters and 2 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft take off on 2 Kiska and 1 Attu missions. Missions to Kiska abort due to weather. At Attu targets include Chichagof Harbour, antiaircraft positions at Holtz Bay, and a float-plane.

M306 Minesweeper
Commissioned 4 May 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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