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8th March 1943

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made heavy night raid on Nuremberg.

North Africa. In North Tunisia Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps attack was held near Tamera, in the south French troops occupied Tozeur.

In the Mediterranean. Allied bombers raided Palermo and Agrigento.

Russian Front. Soviet troops captured Sychevka, North of Vyasma, after extremely stubborn fighting with Wehrmacht ground forces.

Army Air Force. Committee of Operations Analysts, composed of military and civilian members, submits to General Arnold a report attempting to set forth industrial objectives, the destruction of which would weaken Germany most decisively in the shortest time. This report, which lists German aircraft industry as first priority, is basis for much of Combined Bomber Offensive (Plan).

Eighth Air Force. 54 heavy bombers hit Rennes marshalling yard while 13 strike marshalling yard at Rouen. Bomb run over Rouen is considerably disrupted by well-executed attack of fighters which down 2 bombers including lead aircraft. This action is preceded by an earlier wave of Luftwaffe fighters which occupy the fighters escort while the second wave attacks the bombers.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack shipping between Tunisia and Sicily, claiming destruction or heavy damage of several motor vessels. Other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit shipping and marshalling yard at Sousse. P-38 Lightning fighters escort the bomb missions. Fighters of Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fly several reconnaissance and patrol missions along Tunisian First Army (British) battlefront while Western Desert Air Force (WDAF)P-40 fighters and Spitfires hit rear of columns attacking Medenine from the West.

Tenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers strike at Myitnge bridge and antiaircraft positions. Results are poor. 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bassein docks. P-40 fighters hit military targets near Pebu and Wan-hat.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, operating individually, hit occupied areas in Southeast coastal region of North West New Guinea and also strike at Saumlakki and Babo.

Thirteenth Air Force. Airfields at Munda and Vila are again hit by light B-24 Liberator heavy bombers raids.

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The Second Great War.
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