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8th September 1943

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Eighth Air Force. 44th and 93d Bomber Groups resume operations in United Kingdom after Detached Service in Africa, 389th, previously diverted to Africa, becomes operational in United Kingdom. Over 200 medium bombers attack coastal defences in Boulogne-sur-Mer area and Lille, Nord and Lille, Vendeville airfields.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb landing ground at Foggia, as convoys approach Salerno to begin United States invasion of Italy (Operation AVALANCHE).

Twelfth Air Force. About 130 XII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Frascati. More than 160 medium bombers hit highway at Lauria and bridges at Trebisacce and Sapri. Fighters hit Pabillonis, cover Allied forces near Pizzo, and bomb and strafe roads and vehicles in Lamezia-Vibo Valentia-Pizzo-Catanzaro areas. Bombers hit roads and junctions in Naples area during 8-9 September 1943.

Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers mine Rangoon River during 7-8 September 1943. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Gokteik Viaduct for second consecutive day, scoring 5 hits at the base of the structure, which remains usable.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound Lae area, and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit Salamaua. Japanese at Salamaua are ordered to prepare to fall back to Lae in face of approaching Australian 5th Division. Elements of Australian 9th Division, moving West on Lae, reach flooded Busu River where Japanese hold West bank. Other heavy bombers and medium bombers carry out light raids on targets in West part of Netherlands New Guinea and in islands of Netherlands East Indies (NEI).

Thirteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Vila airfield area.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers operating from Canton Island fire on flying boat, scoring hits but causing no visible damage.

R7 R-boat
Becomes stranded.

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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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