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6th September 1943

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Events On This Day

Fifth Air Force. 82 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft drop paratroops at Nadzab airfield (first such landings in Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA)) following bombardment of drop zone by 52 medium bombers and pounding of Lae airfield by 24 heavy bombers. Smoke screen is laid over landing area by A-20 Havoc light bombers. Nadzab airfield is quickly put into operational condition and will subsequently become a major Allied airbase.

Eighth Air Force. Eighth sets new record in number of heavy bombers dispatched. 69 of the 407 dispatched are to fly diversionary sweep over North Sea and the rest are to bomb aircraft and bearing factories in and around Stuttgart. Bad weather frustrates original target plans but 262 heavy bombers bomb targets in Germany and France. Strong fighters opposition is encountered and 45 heavy bombers are lost. Over 120 medium bombers strike marshalling yards at Rouen, Serqueux, and Amiens. 2 groups of medium bombers sent to bomb at Ghent are recalled when bad weather prevents fighters escort from taking off.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Capodichino airfield, Villa Literno marshalling yard, Gaeta harbour, and Minturno railroad facilities. Weather prevents B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack on Pomigliano airfield. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Capua airfield and landing grounds at Grazzanise. P-40 fighters hit landing ground at Pabillonis. United States and The British Royal Air Force (RAF) planes of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) operate on reduced scale, flying patrols and hitting railroads and targets on Italian toe.

Fourteenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter-bombers attack wharves, vessels, and destroy small factory building in Yoyang-Shihhweiyao area. 5 others hit trucks, trains, gun emplacements, and railway facilities in areas around Sintsiang and Puchi.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers pound Lae airfield and surrounding area, and medium bombers bomb and strafe enemy defences in Malahang and vicinity, as Allied ground forces push toward Lae. United States fighters claim 8 enemy aircraft downed over Lae. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly sweep against barges along coast of New Britain and bomb targets on Timor.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-39 fighters hit enemy positions at Kakasa. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers blast gun positions at Vila. P-39 fighters join Navy aircraft in strike on suspected radar site at Morgusaia Island. 5 Zeros are claimed shot down. 2 P-39 fighters are lost.

R94 R-boat
Sunk 6 September 1943

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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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