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8th April 1943

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It was announced that in daylight raids on Renault works on 4 April 1943 and Erla works at Antwerp on 5 April 1943 a total of 70 Luftwaffe aircraft were shot down by United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Flying Fortresses and Liberators. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made heavy night attack on the Ruhr.

Eighth Air Force. 56th and 78th Fighter Groups become operational. Added to 4th Group (already operational), this enables VIII Fighter Command to increase activity and paves way for its coming role of escorting bombers on deep penetrations into enemy territory.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Weather prevents all Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) operations except minimum weather reconnaissance. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) P-40 fighters and Spitfires fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance over Faid Pass-Fondouk el Aouareb-Kairouan-Ousseltia area as British IX Corps attacks Fondouk. Other fighters fly widespread reconnaissance and sweeps, attacking motor transport South of Zaghouan. Western Desert Air Force (WDAF)fighters hit retreating columns in Cekhira-Sfax area.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly 29 bomber escort, armed reconnaissance, and fighter-bomber missions against retreating columns along coast North of Gabes.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Meiktila airfield. 6 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack airfields at Heho. Fort Bayard airfield is strafed by 9 P-40 fighters. Enemy stores at Ningam are hit by 4 P-40 fighters and a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out small harassing strikes, bombing Ulamoa, Finschhafen, and airfield at Kavieng.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather aeroplane scouts Kiska and islands West of it with negative results.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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