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6th November 1943

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Ninth Air Force. IX Fighter Command personnel debark in United Kingdom, after travelling by ship from Suez.

Twelfth Air Force. XII A Support Command fighter-bombers strike gun positions, bridges, and roads around Mignano, vehicles North of Cassino, and train North of Aquino airfield. Other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters attack numerous road and rail transport targets throughout Italy North of battle line and in Yugoslavia.

Fifteenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Fiora River bridge, 3 attack bridge North of Orbetello, and 11 P-38 Lightning fighters attack bridge South of Orvieto. P-38 Lightning fighters escorted by others, hit approaches to bridge near Monte Molino, and the escorting fighters afterwards strafe Tarquinia airfield, a train North of Civitavecchia, and vehicles between Montefiascone and Vetralla.

Tenth Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lay mines in Rangoon River during 6-7 November 1943.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters hit Gasmata area. Enemy aeroplanes attack Nadzab, Dumpu, and Finschhafen but cause no major damage.

Thirteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with Navy fighters support hit Buka airfield and harbour. 1 other bombs Kieta and attacks Tinputs Harbour. 7 barges and small vessels are claimed sunk. 24 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with fighters support follow Navy dive bombers and fighters in attack on Kara airfield. 17 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bonis airfield.

Seventh Air Force. Advanced Headquarters, Seventh Air Force, is set up on Funafuti to provide a Headquarters closer to targets in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. VII Air Force Services Command and VII Bomber Command also establish forward echelons at Funafuti. Landing fields are being built at Baker, Nukufetau, and Nanumea to be used, along with existing fields at Canton Island and Funafuti, as operational bases for attacks on Tarawa, Makin, Mille, Maloelap, Jaluit, and Nauru. These operations will mark the assumption of the offensive by Seventh Air Force and will play a conspicuous role in the invasion and occupation of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands.

Henschel Hs 293
was used against the transport ship SS Santa Elena which was sunk off Philippeville, North Africa.

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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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