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4th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. Over 100 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium bombers launch four-pronged attack on marshalling yards at Hazebrouck, Lille, Saint-Pol, Siracourt, and Courtrai.

Twelfth Air Force. Bad weather prevents XII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers from locating their targets (airfields in Italy). P-38 Lightning fighters sent to hit landing grounds at Grazzanise also fail to find targets, but attack targets in the general area. United States fighter-bombers and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) light bombers hit motor transport scattered along Italian toe, and bomb gun positions Northeast of Reggio di Calabria and roads and railroad junction in Cosenza-Catanzaro-Nicastro area and at Colosimi.

Fourteenth Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 11 P-40 fighters pound Tien Ho airfield at Canton. 3 of 15 intercepting Zeros are shot down.

Fifth Air Force. Allied offensive against Lae begins as forces land at Hopoi and mouth of Buso River. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers support landings by pounding Lae airfield, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Hopoi area and bomb airfields at Cape Gloucester, and A-20 Havoc light bombers and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) planes hit Gasmata airfield. Supporting P-38 Lightning fighters intercept more than 100 enemy fighters and bombers, which are airborne despite the attacks on airfields, and claim 20 shot down.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Dulo Cove area. 9 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 15 Army Air Force fighters, and 20 Navy fighters hit Ballale Island airfield.

M275 Minesweeper
Commissioned 4 September 1943

T33 Torpedo boat
Launched 4 September 1943

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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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