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7th May 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. Tunis captured by First Army and Bizerta by United States Army (USA) troops. French occupied Pant du Fahs.

United States of America. United States Navy Department. Announced that in January United States forces had occupied Amchitka, in Rat Island group of Aleutians.

European Theatre of Operations (ETO). General Devers is appointed commander of European Theatre of Operations (ETO).

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). During 6-7 May 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb docks and shipping at Trapani as diversion for mine-laying mission off Malta. Next morning, P-40 fighters attack motor vessels, quay and dock area at Tunis harbour. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, light bombers, and medium bombers hit El Aouina airfield and traffic on roads around Tunis, especially Tunis-Bizerte road, as Allied forces of General Alexander's 18 Army Group overrun both Tunis and Bizerte, splitting the enemy's forces.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit town of Kelibia. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe shipping in Gulf of Tunis, severely damaging 3 boats.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb airfields, supply dumps, and other targets at Madang while A-20 Havoc light bombers hit forces in Green's Hill area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Penfoei.

Eleventh Air Force. An attempted mission to Kiska by 6 P-40 fighters aborts due to weather.

M462 Minesweeper
Commissioned 7 May 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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