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5th May 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. Jebel Bou Aoukas, Northeast of Medjez-el-Bab captured by First Army troops.

Russian Front. Krymskaya, in the Kuban, captured by Soviet troops. Russian bombers raided Dnepropetrovsk and Briansk by night.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb vessel off Capo San Vito, hit Tunis harbour, and attack ships and docks at La Goulette. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb shipping off Marettimo Island and East of Cape Zebib, and hit landing ground at Galaat el Andeless and near Protville. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and bombers fly 6 missions against strongholds on Northeast and East slopes of Djebel Bou Aoukaz as British 5 Corps' 1st Division attacks and gains the position. Fighters hit shipping in Gulf of Tunis and attack landing grounds and concentrations near Protville. Wellingtons bomb roads at Bir Meherga.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters strafe and bomb bridge, vessels, docks, warehouses, and other buildings at Nabeul harbour.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Toeal. A lone B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs airfields at Cape Gloucester and Gasmata.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters and Navy F4U Corsair fighter administer thorough strafing to Nyanga.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance aeroplane over Attu observes float-plane burning on water. 14 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 17 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 16 P-38 Lightning fighters, 32 P-40 fighters, and 5 F-5A reconnaissance aircraft fly 4 attack missions to Attu and 6 (partly with Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilots) to Kiska. Bombs are dropped on Attu installations and fighters strafe and set afire 1 seaplane and silence antiaircraft guns. Targets include Main Camp, radar site, North and South Head, runway, and Gertrude Cove installations.

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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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