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9th May 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. Organised fighting ceased in Northeast Tunisia where six German generals surrendered to 2nd United States Corps, enemy resistance continued round Zaghouan and in Cape Bon peninsula, which was blockaded by naval forces and heavily attacked from the air.

In Burma. It was announced that in Arakan British had evacuated Buthidaung in face of Japanese threat of encirclement.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF).During 8-9 May 1943, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Villacidro, Elmas, and Decimomannu airfields, and Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) Bisleys, bomb troops and vehicle concentrations in Hammamet-Nabeul-Menzel Bou Zelfa-Soliman-Tazorhrane areas. During day, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, bomb Palermo; B-26 Marauder medium bombers follow immediately with attack on same target. Fighters fly sweeps over battle area, provide cover for destroyers, strafe barges, bomb buildings in battle area, strafe trucks between Hammamet and Soliman and bomb landing ground near Menzel Temime. Light bombers and medium bombers also bomb shipping, hit concentrations in battle area and in town of Soliman, and bomb airfields on Pantelleria. United States II Corps receives unconditional surrender of enemy troops in its zone.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack harbour facilities at Messina, scoring hits on ferry terminal, round house, 2 ferries, and a ship. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit landing ground on Pantelleria. Over 300 P-40 fighters fly escort and reconnaissance missions, and strafing and bombing raids on landing ground, vessels, vehicles, bridges, and gun positions in areas of Zembra Islands, Cap Bon, and Pantelleria.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Manokwari, Nabire, Kaimana, and Madang airfield, and Wewak-But area. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Gasmata.

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