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9th December 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railway and road bridges at Giulianova, tracks at Pescara and Teramo, and marshalling yard and ironworks at Terni. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit gun positions and bivouac area at Sant' Elia Fiumerapido. A-36 Apache dive bomber and P-40 fighters attack Orsogna and coastal targets in support of British Eighth Army, Avezzano marshalling yard and villages along United States Fifth Army front, troops at San Pietro Infine and Viticuso and nearby gun positions, viaduct and railway bridge East of Guidonia airfield, crossing at Furbara, and trains and trucks in Rome area. General Beverley takes over as new Commanding General, XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional).

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-38 Lightning fighters carry out weather reconnaissance over the Adriatic. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of 2d and 99th Bomber Groups are recalled because of weather. All groups of 47th (B-24 Liberator heavy bombers) and 42d (B-26 Marauder medium bombers) Bomber Wings cancel operations.

Fourteenth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Wuchang and Hankow, and 3 bomb Changte. P-40 fighters strafe sampans above Nanhsien and attack targets in Salween River area, including road traffic South of Hsia Chai, barracks at Tachai, and town of San Tsun.

Fifth Air Force. 50 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe New Britain coast from Borgen Bay to Rein Bay. 19 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit barges coastal installations, and roads in Fortification Point area. 60 P-39 fighters hit Bogadjim Road, barges and enemy held villages along North coast of Huon Peninsula, and enemy positions in Ramu River valley.

Seventh Air Force. 19 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from Funafuti bomb Mille. The HEs claim 5 fighters destroyed.

R56 R-boat
Sunk 9 December 1943

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