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8th June 1943

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. The Luftwaffe aircraft raided Volkhov, East of Leningrad, by day.

United States of America President Roosevelt issued formal warning of retaliation in kind if Axis began gas warfare.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons pound town and docks on Pantelleria during 7-8 June 1943. Air offensive against the island increase during the following day as fighters, light bombers, medium bombers, and heavy bombers of Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) and Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) continue to bomb throughout the day. Naval forces bombard harbour and shore batteries. Surrender requests, dropped by aeroplane, bring no response. P-38 Lightning fighters attack barracks North of Segariu and airfield at Villacidro.

Ninth Air Force. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers bomb Mesina ferry terminal. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers of 2 groups hit Pantelleria, directing major effort at gun emplacements.

Fourteenth Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , with P-40 escorts, are dispatched to bomb shipping and dock installations at Haiphong. Bad weather prevents striking the primary targets, alternates, including Hongay shipping, rail yard, and power facilities, Gia Lam airfield and warehouses East of Hanoi are bombed. P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Japanese Headquarters at Tatung, barracks East of Lamaing on the Salween River, and a camp North of Lungling.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Koepang and hit area Southeast of Dili. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers unsuccessfully attack shipping at Waingapoe and off Wewak.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on armed reconnaissance bomb Kahili airfield and Ballale Island.

Eleventh Air Force.

A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft is the first Army Air Force aeroplane to land at Attu, landing fighters crews at Alexai Point. All other flying cancelled due to weather.

M446 Minesweeper
Commissioned 8 June 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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