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9th September 1943

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Eighth Air Force. On D-day for Operation STARKEY (rehearsal for the invasion of France), Eighth Air Force dispatches a record number of 330 heavy bombers, which attack Paris and Beaumontsur-Oise, Beauvais, Tille, Lille, Nord, Lille, Vendeville, Saint-Omer, Longuenesse, Saint-Omer, Fort Rouge, Abbeville, Drucat, and Vitry-en-Artois airfields, as well as industrial area around Paris. More than 200 medium bombers attack coastal installations around Boulogne-sur-Mer. STARKEY is a disappointment as Luftwaffe refuse to commit fighters defences on large scale, thus preventing possible destruction of many of their aircraft, which Allied air forces hoped to accomplish.

Twelfth Air Force. General Williams assumes command of XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional). Over 100 XII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb bridges at Capua and Cancello Arnone, and over 240 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit railroad bridges at Potenza and landing ground at Scanzano. P-40 fighters fly uneventful sweep over Sardinia. XII A Support Command fighters maintain patrols over Salerno, and other Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) planes bomb and strafe motor transport, roads, and other targets in Catanzaro-Auletta-Rogliano area and North North West of Salerno, as General Clark's Fifth Army invades Italy, landing near Salerno (Operation AVALANCHE) and British forces make airborne landing on heel of Italy, taking Taranto (Operation SLAPSTICK).

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit satellite airfield at Foggia.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers again mine Rangoon River, during 8-9 September 1943.

Fourteenth Air Force. 8 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 11 P-40 fighters hit White Cloud airfield. 4 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Whampoa docks. 8 P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters hit Yangtze River shipping near Chiuchiang, Kichun, Wusueh, Ocheng, and Changanyi, and strafe targets in the general area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb and strafe coastal area from Alexishafen to Finschhafen and hit points on New Britain coast. Heavy bombers attack Garove Island. Selaroe Island is hit by light medium bombers strike.

Thirteenth Air Force. 12 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 50 plus naval dive bombers pound Vila airfield and barges at Disappointment Cove. 18 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, with fighters escort, bomb Kahili airfield. 2 nearby coastal guns are also hit.

Eleventh Air Force. At Umnak, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 14th Fighter Squadron prepares to depart for Canada.

Ruhrstahl X-1 (Fritz X)
was used against the Italian naval fleet, after they signed the armistice with the Allies. The Italian battleship Roma was hit and destroyed, also her sistership a battleship, Italia was badly damaged.

R7 R-boat
Sunk 9 September 1943

R13 R-boat
Sunk 9 September 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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