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8th December 1943

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Events On This Day

United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE). General Arnold notifies General Spuatz that he is to command United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSAFE) (later United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF)).

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb bridges, industrial targets, marshalling yard, and town areas of Pescara, Aneona, and Aquila. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit gun emplacements and bivouac area near Sant' Elia Fiumerapido. Other A-20 Havoc light bombers, operating with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and South African Air Force (SAAF) aircraft attack troop concentration and gun positions near Miglianico. Fighter-bombers of Army Air Force, The British Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and South African Air Force (SAAF) bomb targets in support of ground troops near Orsogna. United States A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters hit command targets (roads, railroads, bridges) at Avezzano, Frosinone, Viticuso, Gaeta, and Sant'Elia Fiumerapido.

Fifteenth Air Force. More than 120 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Tatoi and Eleusis airfields, railroad bridges near Orbetello Lake and town of Porto Santo Stefano. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Spoleto viaduct, Orte marshalling yard, and Civitavecchia harbour. Other B-26 Marauder medium bombers abort mission because of weather.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, escorted by 16 P-40 fighters, pound Changte. 9 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Hofuh and the 16 escorting P-40 fighters bomb 2 villages to the North.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack Penfoei, Koepang area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound enemy supply dumps on Huon Peninsula near Finschhafen. P-39 fighters strafe barges from Saidor to Fortification Point.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) Fighter patrols and aircraft on armed reconnaissance bomb and strafe several targets of opportunity near Kieta, Southeast of Cape Torokina, at Baniu Plantation, and along Northeast coast of Rougainville.

Seventh Air Force. 22 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Nanumea bomb Jaluit, and 11 from Canton Island bomb Mille.

Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly armed reconnaissance. During 8-9 December 1943 another B-24 Liberator heavy bombers off on a photographic mission over Kasatochi Island, turns back because of mechanical trouble.

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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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