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9th November 1943

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Events On This Day

Twelfth Air Force. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) bombs Formia and Itri as diversion to naval bombardment of Formia and Gaeta. XII A Support Command fighter-bombers attack roads and bridges in Mignano Ceprano area while other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighter-bombers hit shipping in Split harbour. Fighters strafe road and rail targets in Rome La Spezia area and vessels, radio stations, and gun emplacements off coast of Albania.

Fifteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack Villarperosa ballbearing works at Turin, and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Genoa Ansaldo steel works. P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort.

Fifth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers, escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters and P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, pound airfield at Alexishafen, destroying at least 12 enemy aeroplanes. United States fighters claim destruction of 10-15 interceptors in combat. Other fighters claim over 20 aircraft shot down over Sek Harbour, Markham River Valley, and Lae. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb fuel dump and shipping in Rein Bay area, and P-40 fighters bomb Gasmata dumps. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on patrol claim sinking of a destroyer near Kavieng.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Kieta and hit Buka airfield. 20 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers pound Kara and Kahili airfields. P-39 fighters join Navy aircraft in strikes on Kara and on Ballale Island airfields.

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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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