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8th October 1943

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Eighth Air Force. More than 350 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack city and industrial areas of Bremen and Kriegsmarine U-boat yards at Vegesack. Nearly 30 United States aircraft are lost in the main attack on Bremen. On this mission the Eighth uses, for first time, airborne transmitters (Carpet equipment) to jam German radar. Over 140 medium bombers are recalled from missions to bomb airfields of Chievres and Lille, Vendeville due to thick haze and generally unsuitable weather.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Bomber Command B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tatoi and Eleusis airfields at Athens, airfields at Kastelli and Heraklion, and Maritsa airfield on Rhodes. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also hit Eleusis airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters fly convoy cover, patrols, and sweeps over the Aegean Sea. Weather prevents XII A Support Command from operating. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) and Desert Air Force (DAF) hit bridge at Minturno and road junction and military concentration at Termoli.

Fourteenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, supported by 20 P-40 fighters, bomb Gia Lam Airfield. While on ferry mission over the Hump, 3 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Tengchung, scoring hits on warehouses, barracks, and Headquarters area.

Fifth Air Force. A single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bomber on armed reconnaissance bombs Cape Gloucester airfield.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and P-40 fighters sink barge off West coast of Choiseul Island.

R305 R-boat
Launched 8 October 1943

R234 R-boat
Launched 8 October 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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