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5th August 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitos carried out bombing missions against Cologne and Duisburg, no aircraft losses.

In Sicily. Catania and Paterno captured by the British 8th Army. The island of Ustica occupied by Americans forces.

In the Mediterranean. Allied forces Naples pounded.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces bastions of Orel and Byelgorod taken by storm. Marshal Stalin ordered the firing of 12 salvoes of 120 Moscow guns in celebration.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, light bombers, and medium bombers attack troops, roads, and gun positions at Adrano and Troina and surrounding areas in support of Allied ground forces, hit motor transport behind enemy lines in Sicily and on toe of Italy, and sink or damage over 20 small vessels and barges at Milazzo and in Straits of Messina. Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, operating in 2 forces, hit Messina docks and railroad yards. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Guspini switching station, and P-40 fighters, after escorting the B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, attack and probably sink U-boat off South West Sardinia. United States forces open assault on San Fratello ridge, and further inland gain positions overlooking Troina. Enemy withdraws from town during night. British 13 Corps overruns Paterno, Misterbianco, and Catania, British 30 Corps continues toward Adrano.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb town, roads, and road junctions of Francavilla. P-40 fighters attack Messina harbour and shipping in the Straits of Messina.

Fifth Air Force. More than 30 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound barges near Madang and at Alexishafen, and hit Nuru River bridge and towns of Bogadjim and Saidor. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs Finschhafen while another hits Vitu Islands. Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm A Moore takes command of newly formed Second Air Task Force based at recently constructed advance airfield at Tsili Tsili. Strikes from here will facilitate operations against Lae.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shore of Rekata Bay West of Brokeiello Point area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and Navy fighters strafe barges on Northeast coast of Gizo Island. Munda airfield, principal objective of Central Solomons campaign, is taken by XIV Corps forces after 12 continuous days of fierce fighting in jungle area.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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