The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine
HMS Sahib which was attacked by Italian torpedo boats and
however the crew was taken off four days later and
finally scuttled by HMS Unshaken on 24
North Africa. First Army, with strong air support, launched
major offensive in Medjez-el-Bab area. Massicault 16 miles
from Tunis, taken by storm. In northern sector Americans and
French launched offensive towards Bizerta.
In the The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made heavy
night-time raid on Reggio, in the toe of Italy.
Russian Front. Soviet air force bombers and fighters destroyed
or damaged 350 aircraft in raids on enemy airfield.
Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). 18 Army Group opens final
assault on Tunis and Bizerte before dawn. Assault is supported
by massed artillery fire and the most intensive air bombardment
yet employed in North Africa. Northwest African Tactical Air
Force (NATAF) aeroplanes bomb El Aouina, La Sebala, and Ariana
airfields during 5
May 1943. On 6th, fighters, light bombers, and medium bombers
fly over 1,400 sorties, attacking Protville and La Sebala
airfields, trucks on Massicault-Tunis road, Bordj Frendj,
Djebel Achour, traffic Southwest of Tunis, troops North of
Massicault, Djedeida-Saint-Cyprien road, road South of Djedeida,
and numerous other points of strength in extreme Northeast
Tunisia. Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Marsala and Trapani. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb
convoy South West of Marettimo Island, 2 beached vessels at
Cape Zebib, port of Favignana, vessels West of Marettimo,
and ships, lighthouse, and parked aircraft near Capes Fortass,
Zebib, Cap Serrat and at Protville. Fighters escort bombing
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers bomb Reggio di Calabria harbour, hitting
several vessels and shore installations. B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers attack Furna and Massicault and surrounding areas.
P-40 fighters hit shipping in Gulf of Tunis and vehicles and
buildings along coast.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers hit forces in Green's Hill area. Single
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Madang and Finschhafen. B-25
Mitchell medium bombers pound Dili while B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers hit Manokwari and Toeal.
Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters and Navy dive bombers an(l fighters hit Munda
airfield. During the evening B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
carry out harassing strikes on Kahili airfield and on Fauro
and Ballale Islands.
Eleventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers, heavy bombers, and P-38 Lightning fighters drop over
52 tons of bombs on Attu targets including Holtz Bay, Sarana
Bay, and Chichagof Harbour area and nearby gun positions.
Kiska is also hit. Targets include radar, gun positions and
Gertrude Cove and Main Camp areas. Returning P-38 Lightning
fighters also bomb and strafe hut on Rat Island. P-40 fighters
blast Kiska and Little Kiska.
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