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7th August 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitos fighter-bombers carried out attacks on Cologne and Duisburg. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Stirlings and Wellingtons carried out minelaying operations south of Texel and off Brest and the Biscay ports, 2 Stirling minelayers were lost.

In Sicily. 9th Army captured Adrano and Belpasso.

Russian Front. Graivoron captured by Soviet troops in Kharkov advance.

In Burma. Maungdaw raided by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers.

North Italian cities of Milan, Genoa and Turin heavily bombed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancasters bombers.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Throughout the day Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) medium bombers and light bombers pound Randazzo, the enemy's key withdrawal point. Maletto is also bombed. P-40 fighters and A-36 Apache dive bomber strafe and bomb small craft between Sicily and mainland Italy, motor transport near Randazzo, warehouse North of Messina, dumps on toe of Italy, and vehicles and command targets in Sant' Agata di Militello, Bronte, Cesaro, Tortorici, Castiglione di Sicilia and Riposto areas. Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers in 2 forces hit Crotone landing ground while B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Marina di Catanzaro railroad bridge and highway bridge over Angitola River. United States forces improve positions on North coast in San Fratello region against heavy resistance. During 7-8 August 1943, small amphibious force lands on coast 2 miles East of Sant' Agata di Militello, greatly aiding progress along coast. Other forces begin drive on Randazzo.

Ninth Air Force. 150 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Randazzo. Over 140 P-40 fighters attack shipping at Messina and in the Straits, and shipping and shore supply stores along Northeast coast of Sicily.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) YB-40 heavily armed escort bombers on armed reconnaissance from Sinti to Yoyang to Sienning, strafe and bomb several targets; 3 locomotives are exploded and another damaged, a water tank is knocked down, and several railroad stations are heavily damaged. 4 other P-40 fighters attack convoy East of Hong Kongcomer 1 freighter is hit amidships, causing heavy damage, 2 other vessels are also effectively damaged.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Dagua But, and Tadji. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit barges on Bubui River. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Cape Gloucester airfield while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers sweep along North West coast, bombing and strafing barges and enemy occupied villages.

Thirteenth Air Force. 24 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, along with 20 P-40 fighters and P-39 fighters and more than 20 Navy F4U Corsair fighter, pound Kahili airfield. Allied aeroplanes claim more than 30 Japanese shot down. 6 United States aircraft are lost.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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