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4th October 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. 282 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack industrial areas of Frankfurt, Main, Wiesbaden, and Saarlautern, marshalling yards at Sarreguemines and Saarbrucken, and Saint Dizier, Robinson airfield. The raid on Frankfurt is followed by a night raid on that city by more than 350 The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers.

Twelfth Air Force. Over 100 XII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Pisa marshalling yard and Bolzano bridges. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack airfields at Argos, road defiles at Terracina and Isernia, highway overpass at Mignano, and shipping at Bastia. Allies now have complete control of Corsica. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) aircraft hit road and rail junctions on main road North from Capua. XII A Support Command fighter-bombers hit trains, roads, railroads, and vehicles near Isernia, Avezzano, Pescara, and Isolella.

Ninth Air Force. Lieutenant Colonel Ray J Stecker becomes commander of IX Fighter Command.

Fourteenth Air Force. 17 Japanese bombers and 25 Zeros attack Kweilin airfield. The bombs, dropped from 20,000 ft, fail to hit target. Fourteenth Air Force fighters fail to make effective contact with the force.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe barges, small craft, and villages in Vitu Islands.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, covered by 16 P-38 Lightning fighters and several Navy F4U Corsair fighter, bomb Kahili airfield. 20-30 fighters intercept, and a running battle occurs between Bougainville and Vella Lavella. United States fighters and bombers claim 9 fighters downed. No American losses are suffered. 4 P-39 fighters and 4 Corsairs sink 16 barges in strike along West coast of Choiseul 1. The P-39 fighters are especially effective because of their nose cannon.

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