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5th December 1943

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Events On This Day

At Cairo Conference President Roosevelt decides on General Eisenhower as supreme allied commander for OVERLORD.

Eighth Air Force. Around 550 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers are dispatched to attack airfields at Bordeaux, Cognac, La Rochelle, and Saint-Jean-d,Angely, and industries at Paris. Cloud conditions prevent bombing of targets except for 3 heavy bombers that attack airfields at Bordeaux and Cognac. 9 aircraft are lost on the mission.

Ninth Air Force. 52 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Ligescourt, Campagne-les-Hesdin, and Saint-Josse. 200 others are forced to abandon mission because of heavy cloud cover over targets, including V-weapon sites which the Ninth had scheduled to attack for the first time. Ninth Air Force P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers (354th Fighter Squadron) fly first escort mission, accompanying Eighth Air Force heavy bombers in raid against targets in areas near Amiens.

Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (MAAF). Combined Chiefs of Staff issues directive for organisation of Mediterranean Allied Air Forces consolidating British and United States forces of Mediterranean Air Command and Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF).

Twelfth Air Force. Weather hampers medium bombers operations, but B-25 Mitchell medium bombers manage to bomb bridge at Pescara and marshalling yard and shipyards at Split. United States fighter-bombers and fighters (and a number of other Allied aeroplanes) hit gun positions South of Chieti, vessel in Poljud harbour (near Split), trains and trucks West of Aquino, bridges near Mignano and Ladispoli, town of Arezzo, airfields at Piombino and Aviano, and building South of Garda Bake.

Tenth Air Force During 5-6 December 1943 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers mine waters in Moulmein area while 5 others lay mines in Rangoon River.

Fourteenth Air Force. 16 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters over Changte area damage several large supply sampans near Ansiang and strafe various targets in Tehshan and Hsutu Lake areas. More than 20 other P-40 fighters on patrols over Changte area attack numerous boats and other targets throughout the nearby lake region.

Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Cape Gloucester. A-20 Havoc light bombers destroy small craft off New Britain. Other A-20 Havoc light bombers hit enemy forces in Finschhafen area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and P-40 fighters attack targets along Bogadjim Road.

Thirteenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 Navy dive bombers hit Monoitu, Aitara Mission, and Mosigetta area. Fighter patrols hit several areas on Bougainville and on Shortland, including Chabai, Numa Numa, Mosigetta, Monoitu, and Faisi Island.

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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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