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9th January 1943

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Events On This Day

Extremely heavy bombing raids were carried out on Essen and the Ruhr areas by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers by night.

In Libya. General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque Chad troops captured outpost of Brach in the Fezzan.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces counter-attacked at Velikie Luki however were repelled by intensive Russian defence.

In Australasia. In attempt to land reinforcements at Lae 130 Japanese aircraft were destroyed or damaged.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, with fighters escort, hit airfields 10 miles South of Tripoli while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack shipping off North Tunisian coast. Fighters fly reconnaissance and patrol, and escort C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft.

Ninth Air Force. 20 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly cover mission for The British Royal Air Force (RAF).

Tenth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with escort of 9 P-40 fighters, bomb Bhamo. Other fighters strafe targets in Wanling, Bhamo, and Loiwing areas.

Fifth Air Force. United States heavy bombers, medium bombers, light bombers, and fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) planes, continue to pound convoy as it leaves Lae. Airfields, supply dumps, and troop concentrations at Lae and at Salamaua are also hit. 4 days of attacks on the convoy result in 2 transports sunk, several vessels damaged, and about 80 aeroplanes destroyed.

Eleventh Air Force. 50 knot winds at Adak prevent missions.

R118 R-boat
Launched 9 January 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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