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5th April 1943

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Events On This Day

In India. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Hurricanes fighters drove off more than 50 Japanese air force bombers raiding Southeast Bengal.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made night raid on railway station at Rangoon.

Eighth Air Force. 82 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb industrial targets in Antwerp area. Main force is directed at Erla aircraft factory and Erla engine works. Strong fighters opposition claims 4 bombers.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 4-5 April 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Trapani docks and shipping. During day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Sidi Ahmed, Tunis, Boccadifalco, and Milo. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Bo Rizzo and attack convoy off Cap Bon. P-38 Lightning fighters fly several fighters sweeps over Straits of Sicily. 1 force of fighters claims 16 aeroplanes destroyed. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit airfields at El Djem and La Fauconnerie. Fighters attack E-boats off Pont-du-Fahs and vehicles South of Bou Hamran, and fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and patrol over battle area in Tunisia. Western Desert Air Force (WDAF)and Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) aeroplanes hit motor transport West of Cekhira, bomb Djebel Zitouna airfield, and strike shipping in Straits of Sicily. During the day Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF) aircraft claim destruction of nearly 50 aircraft in aerial combat. Today starts Operation FLAX (5-22 April 1943) which is designed to destroy, in air and on ground, enemy air transports and escorts employed in ferrying personnel and supplies to Tunisia.

Tenth Air Force. 17 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad targets at Mandalay, 2 others hit Ngamya. 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Prome railroad yards; 5 hit Mahlwagon yards and roundhouse. 12 P-40 fighters and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers support ground forces in North Burma.

Fourteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters on armed reconnaissance strafe 15 horse drawn wagons at Wanling.

Fifth Air Force. Single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack occupied areas at several points along Huon Gulf coast, hit Finschhafen on Huon Peninsula, bomb Madang and other points on North coast of New Guinea and hit Cape Gloucester.

Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance covers all islands West of Kiska with negative results. 16 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Attu runway and Kiska's Main Camp and runway. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters fly top cover. Later, 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 16 P-40 fighters, and 16 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Kiska again.

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