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The Official Chronology of the U.S. Army Airforce in World War II

USAAF Chronology 1943

JANUARY 1943

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 1 JANUARY 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, six B-25s attack the railroad bridge near Myitnge, claiming several hits on the target. The nearby airfield is alos bombed.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, 15 B-24s of the 98BG(H) strike the harbor at Tunis hitting the turning basin, the area just southwest of it, and nearby rail junction. A few of the aircraft bomb the southwest and southeast of Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s hit the harbor at Tunis, while B-26s hit the marshaling yard. B-25s on a mission against shipping near La Goulette abort due to weather. Fighters escort bomber mission s and C-47 transport runs and carry out routine patrols.

HQ 52FG, and it's subordinate 2d, 4th and 5FS with Spitfires, moves from La Senia to Orleansville, Algeria.

HQ 82FG is established at Telergma, Algeria upon arrival from Northern Ireland. The subordinate squadrons, the 95th, 96th and 97FSs with P-38s, move from Tafaroui to Telergma, Algeria.

HQ 310BG(M) and it's subordinates, the 379th, 380th, 381 and 428BS(M) with B-25s, move from Telergma to Berteaux, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24s and B-17s bomb the airfields at Rabaul, New Britain Island and Gasmata Island in the Bismarck Archipelago and Lae, New Guinea and attack shipping at Rabaul.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 2 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aluetian Islands, three B-25s, three B-26s and eight P-38s heading for Kiska are forced back by bad wether. The weather aircraft cannot see into Kiska Harbor or Gertrude Cove. Two B-24s fly photographic reconnaissance over Amchitka and encounter poor weather. An OA-10 unsuccessfully searches the islands east of Segula for a missing OA-10.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, China Air Task Force fighters continue to hit transportation targets, strafing a truck convoy on the Burma Road. The strikes begin near Loiwing and cover 30 miles of highway. At least five trucks are destroyed and others damaged. Six B-25s bomb Monywa Airfield.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Four radar-equipped B-24s of the 329BS(H), 93BG(H) fly a "moling" or intruder, mission aimed at harassing the enemy in weather unsuitable for large missions by alerting air-raid crews in the area north of the Ruhr. The 329th has been in training for these operations since 14 Dec. This mission and two subsequent missions in Janauary are foiled by clear weather over the target area.

Twenty Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG are dispatched on fighter patrols.

HQ 2(Anti-sub)S(H) with B-24s is established at St. Eval, England upon arrival from the U.S.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Crete, B-25s of the 12BG(M) bomb the airfield at Heraklion while B-24s of the 376BG(H) hit the airfield at Kastelli/Pediada.

Twenty fighters and a few bombers are destroyed on the ground.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb the harbor and shipping at La Goulette. Escorting P-38s and Bf 109s engage in air battle, each side losing two aircraft. A-20s and DB-7s, with fighter escorts, consecutively raid Sousse harbor. DB-7s again hit the harbor.

B-26s with fighter protection, bomb the the bridge north of El Djem. Fighters fly escort, patrol and reconnaissance missions, attacking enemy vehicles and aircraft. Several trucks and fighters are claimed destroyed.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-17s with P-38s bomb destroyers 30 miles south of Shortland Island without loss.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A-20s, B-24s, B-25s and B-26s hit the airfield and targets of opportunity at Lae, New Guinea and Gasmata Island, Bismarck Archipelago. On the ground, Buna Mission, New Guinea is finally overrun by Australian and US forces.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 3 JANUARY 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (6AF): The 30FS, 37FG with P-40s, moves from Chorrera to Anton, Panama.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): The 9(Photo)RS, 10AF with F-4s, moves from Chakulia to Pandaveswar, India. One flight is operating from Kweilin, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Sixteen Spitfire Vs of the 4FG fly ship protection patrols.

VIII BC Mission 28: The primary target is the St Nazaire U-Boat base in France; this is the first attack on this installation since 23 Nov 42 and the heaviest attack to date against U-Boat bases. The 1 BW dispatches 85 B-17s of the 91, 303, 305th and 306BGS(H); the 4BW dispatches 13 B-24s of the 44BG(H); 60 B-17s and eight B-24s hit the target dropping 171tons of bombs between 1130 and 1140 hours local. Formation (instead of individual) precision bombing is used for the first time by the VIII BC, and considerable damage is done to the dock area. The mission stats are: We claim 14 enemy aircraft shot down, 18 probably shot down and 4 damaged; we loose seven B-17s, three B-24s are damaged beyond repair, 44 B-17s and three B-24s are damaged. Human casualties are 5 KIA, 29 WIA and 70 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Greece, RAF Baltimores, operating under the IX BC, bomb Suda Bay and Timbakion Airfield. A few of the aircraft also bomb Kapistri.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): All XII Fighter Command units in Tunisia, i.e., fighters and light bombers (A-20s and DB-7s), attack tanks which, with infantry and artillery support, have overrun French troops at Fondouk el Aouareb. The fighters and light bombers attack the tanks as they move west from Fondouk. Several tanks are reported destroyed or aflame and numerous other tanks and vehicles are damaged. Spitfires based in Algeria escrot C-47s on transport missions. The 91FS, 81FG with P-39s, moves from Fedala to Mediouna, French Morocco.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 394BS(H), 5BG(H): with B-17s, based on Fiji, begins operating from Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides and Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, P-40s strafe troops in the waters off Buna as US and Australian ground forces are mopping up in the nearby BUna Missions area.

B-26s, along with a single B-24, bomb Madang and an A-20 hits Salamaua.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, a lone B-24 strafes the airfield on Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, six B-24s, three B-25s, three B-26s and ten P-40s en route to Kiska, are forced back near Segula by snow squalls and low ceiling. The weather aircraft flies unsuccessful reconnaissance over Kiska and photographic reconnaissance is flown over Amchitka. An OA-10 investigates flares reported near Kagalaska Strait.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, heavy bombers from Gaya and Pandaveswar, India pound the marshaling yard at Mandalay, halting the northbound flow of supplies.

Tracks and cars in the southern half of the marshaling yard are heavily bombed, causing fires visible for 70 miles. Heavy bombers also damage a 15,000-ton transport at the mouth of the Rangoon River. Meanwhile, one B-25 and nine P-40s hit rail targets at Naba.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Twenty Sptifire Vs of the 4FG fly ship protection patrols.

HQ 92BG(H) moves from Bovingdon to Alconbury, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s sent, in two forces, to bomb Bizerte are forced to abort by heavy clouds over the target. B-25s hit the railroad yards at Kairouan while A-20s attack Cherichera. Fighters provide escort for the bombers and for C-47 transport runs, and fly reconnaissance and patrol missions.

The Luftwaffe sends six Ju 88s with Bf 109 cover to attack the Thelepte, Tunisia airfield; they are intercepted by five P-40s of the 58FS, 33FG which shoot down one Ju 88 and one Bf 109.

The 35TCS, 64TCG, based at Blida, Algeria with C-47s, begins operating from Telergma, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-26s pound the Sanananda Point area as preparations for an allied offensive in that sector get underway. A-20s and B-25s hit the airfield and AA positions and buildings at Lae.

B-24s, on single-plane flights, bomb the Lae, New Guinea airfield and attack schooners off Gasmata Island and Cape Kwoi in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, three B-25s sink a 6,500-ton cargo vessel previously sighted by a PBY off Holtz Bay, where a weather and armed reconnaissance B-24 with a direct bomb hits and sinks another freighter shortly afterwards. A B-24 flies photographic reconnaissance over Amchitka, concentrating on Constantine Harbor. A Kiska attack mission of six heavy bombers, six medium bombers and 12 fighters is cancelled due to weather.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): The 490th and 491BS(M), 341BG(M) with B-25s move from Karachi to Ondal, India. The units will enter combat on 10 Jan and 18 Feb 43 respectively.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-24s of the 93BG(H) bomb Sousse harbor (clouds obscure the primary target at Tunis). RAF Liberators of No. 160 Squadron hit the harbors at Tunis and Sousse during the night of 5/6 Jan.

On the ground, a severe two-day storm on 4 and 5 Jan sharply decrease the capacity of Bengasi port and forces the British Eighth Army to make a greater use of the more distant port of Tobruk.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In an organizational change, Allied AF is activated to have operational control of Allied air units in Northwest Africa. The new unit includes the USAAF 12AF, the RAF Eastern Air Command and such French air units as might be assigned or attached to it. The command serves under the direction of Lieutenant General Dwight Eisenhower, Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces.

The USAAF system of area commands in Northwest Africa is reorganized. HQ 12AF announces that the Moroccan, West Algerian and Central Algerian Composite Wings (Provisional) are to be replaced by the 2d, 1 and 3Air Defense Wings, respectively, when they arrive in the theater.

In Tunisia, B-17s, with a large P-38 escort, attack the Sfax power station while fighter-escorted B-26s hit the Kairouan Airfield. Other fighters fly patrols, reconnaissance and C-47 escort.

HQ 81FG is established at Mediouna, French Morocco upon arrival from the US. The group's 92FS with P-39s is established at Port Lyautey, French Morocco.

The 16BS(L), 27BG(L) with A-20s moves from Barbe-du-Tlelat to Nouvion, Algeria.

The 48FS, 14FG with P-38s moves from Youks-les-Bains to Berteaux, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In Bougainville, Solomon Islands, B-17s with P-38 escort attack a cruiser at Buin. They are met by 25 Zekes and float biplanes; three Japanese aircraft are shot down for the loss of two P-38s.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-26s again pound the Sanananda Point area as Australian infantry and armored elements reach Soputa and US forces of the 128th Infantry Regiment start northwest along the coast toward Tarakena as preliminary moves to an all-out assault on Sanananda get under way. A-20s and B-25s hit the airfield at Lae.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, six B-17s and six B-24s bomb the harbor, shipping and the airfield at Rabaul, New Britain Island. Two B-17s are lost, one taking Brigadier General Kenneth Walker, Commanding General V BC to his death.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, reconnaissance is flown over Amchitka, the Semichis, Agattu and Attu. Flotsam sighted outside of Holtz Bay confirms that the freighter bombed yesterday sank. Six B-24s, six B-25s and 12 P-38s take off to attack Kiska; the P-38s and one B-24 turn back due to weather. The B-25s find the target obscured and five Zekes waiting to intercept them, whereupon they turn back without attacking. The five remaining B-24s circle Kiska without contacting enemy aircraft; one of the B-24s, exploiting a break in the cloud cover, bombs the Kiska submarine base area which the others then bomb through the clouds.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 325th, 326th, 327th and 407BS(H), 92BG(H) with B-17s move from Bovingdon to Alconbury, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, A-20s, in two forces, hit a military camp south of Kairouan while B-25s hit the Kairouan railroad yards. Fighters escort bombers, carry out patrols and reconnaissance flights, and accompany C-47s on transport missions.

HQ 350FG and its 347FS with P-39s and P-400s is established at Oujda, French Morocco upon arrival from England.

The group's 346FS, which has been in French Morocco with P-39s and P-400s since Nov 42, also moves to Oujda. The 346th enters combat in Jan 43.

The 60FS, 33FG, with P-40s, moves from Telergma to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

The 84BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20s moves from Mediouna, French Morocco to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria and flies it first combat mission on 22 Jan.

The 345FS, 350FG with P-39s and P-400s transfers from Casablanca, French Morocco to Oujda, French Morocco.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-17s with P-38 and P-40 escorts attack a transport near Shortland Island without loss.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-26s pound the forces in the Sanananda Point area; and A-20s bomb Lae Airfield.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s, B-24s, B-26s and P-38s attack a convoy heading southwest off the coast of New Britain heading for Lae, New Guinea; a single B-24s bombs the airfield on Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (6AF and 11AF): In the Aleutians, six B-25s and 12 P-38s dispatched to Kiska turn back due to cloud cover. Six B-24s circle over Kiska for two hours until four can bomb the submarine base. AA fire damages three of the attackers.

Negative reconnaissance is flown over Amchitka, Kiska, Agattu and Attu.

Photographs taken reveal use of smoke pots by the defenders and also suggest construction of a fighter strip along the ridge south of Salmon Lagoon.

In Panama, the 53FS, 32FG moves with its P-40s from France Field, Canal Zone to Chorrera, Panama.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In China, P-40s blast fuel storage facilities at Mangshih.

In Burma, China Air Task Force aircraft begin a series of raids, lasting through 10 Jan, during which they destroy trucks along the Burma Road, barges on the Irrawaddy River and stores in the Bhamo area. The 493BS(H), 7BG(H) moves with its B-24s from Karachi to Pandaveswar, India. The squadron will fly its first combat mission on 26 Jan.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 25 B-24s of the 93d, 98th and 376BGS(H) are dispatched to hit the shipping in Palermo harbor; weather reduces the force and only ten bomb the target through broken clouds.

In Greece, one B-24 on a special Mission bombs Maiouli Quay at Piraeus.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): An Allied AF General Order makes the USAAF 12AF responsible for air support of US ground forces in North Africa and the RAF Eastern Air Command responsible for support of the British First Army. However, units are to be placed under operational control of the other as the situation might dictate.

In Tunisia, B-26s bomb the airfield and barracks at Gabes while A-20s attack troop concentrations at Kairouan. Fighters escort both raids and also carry out several reconnaissance missions.

HQ 33FG moves from Telergma, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia.

HQ 47BG(L) moves from Mediouna, French Morocco to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

The 91BS(L), 27BG(L) moves with its A-20s from Ste-Barbe-du-Tlelat to Nouvion, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-17s bomb Bougainville Island; they are met by twelve Zekes; two are shot down without any US losses. B-26s with P-39 escort attack Rekata Bay on Santa Isabel Island; two US aircraft are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): The Japanese convoy bound for Lae, New Guinea from New Britain is again attacked by heavy, medium and light bombers and fighters, along with RAAF planes, in the Solomon Sea off Finschhafen and during its progress off the south coast of the Huon Peninsula through Huon Gulf to Lae. Despite the heavy air resistance, the convoy reaches its destination.

Fighters also attack Lae Airfield.

Richard I. Bong shoots down two Oscars, his third and fourth victories. His first two victories were a Val and a Zeke shot down on 27 Dec.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 8 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a B-24 flies photographic reconnaissance over Amchitka.

Another B-24 aborts a weather run over Kiska because of instrument trouble.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, six P-40s bomb and strafe Watugyi and Nsopzup and strafe other targets, Six B-25s bomb the storage area at Bhamo.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Twelve Spitfire Mk Vs fly defensive patrols. The 107OS (originally a Michigan National Guard unit), 67OG moves its Spitfires and L-4s from Aldermaston to Membury, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-24s hit Tunis after weather and engine trouble prevent a planned attack on Bizerte.

In Libya, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, attack a rail junction near Tripoli

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s hit the docks at Ferryville and the naval base at Bizerte. B-25s hit bridges and rail junctions at Graiba and at Kalaa Srira while B-26s hit Kairouan Airfield. The heavy and medium bombers are escorted by P-38s. A-20s, escorted by P-40s, bomb tank concentrations near Gabes. Other fighters fly numerous patrols and reconnaissance missions.

The 59FS, 33FG moves with its P-40s from Casablanca, French Morocco to Thelepte, Tunisia.

The 443 and 444BS(M), 320BG(M) arrive at La Senia, Algeria from England with B-26s.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, heavy, medium and light bombers, with fighter cover, join RAAF aircraft in continued pounding of the Japanese convoy as it unloads about 4,000 reinforcements at Lae. Enemy fighter cover and Allied aircraft continue fierce aerial combat. Richard I. Bong shots down an Oscar, his 5th victory making him an Ace.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 9 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): The first flight of the Lockheed Constellation, lasting 58 minutes, is made from Lockheed Air Terminal, Burbank, California. The aircraft, Lockheed Model 49-46-10, serial number 049-1961, registered NX25600, is flown by Eddie Allen. Later today, the aircraft is flown to Muroc Flight Test Base (now Edwards AFB), Muroc, California, for additional tests.

After numerous tests, the aircraft is delivered to the USAAF (Lockheed says 28 Jul 43; the USAAF says 29 Jul 43) as C-69-LO, USAAF serial number 43-10309, and is immediately loaned back to Lockheed for further tests and development; redesignated XC-69E in Jan 46 when re-engined. The aircraft is sold to Howard Hughes in mid-46 for $20,000; later sold to Lockheed in May 50 for $100,000 with 404 hours on the airframe. After years of being used for Constellation development work, the aircraft is sold to California Airmotive in Dec 58 for spare parts; the nose section up to the leading edge of the wings is used to repair another Connie; the remainder of the aircraft is eventually scrapped. (ANOTHER ONE LOST!!!, JEM): In the Aleutians, 50+ knot winds at Adak ground all missions.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, five B-25s, with an escort of nine P-40s, bomb Bhamo; other fighters strafe targets of opportunity in the Wanling, Bhamo and Loiwing areas.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Six Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG are dispatched to patrol the coast line.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Twenty P-40s fly a cover mission for the RAF.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Libya, B-26s with fighter escort, hit an airfield 10 miles south of Tripoli.

In Tunisia, B-25s attack shipping off the northern Tunisian coast.

HQ 14FG and it 49FS with P-38s move from Youks-les-Bains to Berteaux, Algeria.

HQ 27BG(L) and it's 17BS(L) with A-20s moves from Ste-Barbe-du-Tlelat to Nouvion, Algeria.

The 85BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20s moves from Mediouna, French Morocco to Thelepte, Tunisia. The squadron flies its first combat mission tomorrow.

The 441 and 442BS(M), 320BG(M) arrive at La Senia, Algeria from England with B-26s.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 70BS(M), 38BG(M): based in Fiji begins operating its B-26s from Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, US heavy, medium and light bombers and fighters, along with RAAF aircraft, continue to pound the convoy as it leaves Lae.

Airfields, supply dumps and troop concentrations at Lae and at Salamaua are also hit. In four days of attacks on this convoy, two transport are sunk, several vessels are damaged and about 80 aircraft are destroyed.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 10 JANUARY 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (6AF): The 24FS, 16FG with P-39s and P-70s transfers from Albrook Field, Canal Zone to La Joya, Panama.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, six B-24s and B-25s jointly attack the Myitnge bridge, knocking out a span and causing considerable damage to the entire target.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-24s forced by overcast to divert from the primary target of Bizerte, strike La Goulette, the seaport of the city of Tunis. P-40s fly reconnaissance missions.

The 82BS(H), 12BG(M): with B-25s transfers from Gambut, Libya to Tmed El Chel, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-26s, with P-38 escort, attack the marshaling yard and oil tanks at Gabes. B-26s, sent against Sousse, abort due to bad weather. A-20s with P-40 cover, hit the military camp at Kebili. Fighters escort C-47 missions and fly reconnaissance and patrols. One P-40, flown by Major Philip Cochran, CO of the 58FS, 33FG, bombs and demolishes the Hotel Splendida, the German HQ in Kairouan.

Seven Bf 109s bomb and strafe Thelepte Airfield.

The 308FS, 31FG with Spitfire Mk Vs begins operating from Casablanca, French Morocco instead of Tafaraoui, Algeria to provide protection for the Casablanca Conference between Churchill and Roosevelt.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-39s and SBDs support ground forces in the Guadalcanal battle area. A strongpoint and an ammunition dump are destroyed. B-26s attack Munda, New Georgia Island with the loss of one aircraft.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Allied aircraft operating over the Solomon Sea south of New Britain Island continue to attack vessels of the Japanese convoy that departed Lae yesterday. In New Guinea, supply dumps and AA positions in the Lae area are also bombed.

The 13BS (Dive), 3BG (Dive) with B-25s transfers from Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 11 JANUARY 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, fighters attack Bhamo, destroying barges, tugs, warehouses and other port facilities.

In China, the fighters also strafe fuel drums along the road between Chefang and Mangshih and hit a truckful of soldiers near Ho-lu.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Two Spitfire Mk Vs from the 4FG fly ship protection patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, bomb a road junction at Tripoli during the night of 10/11Jan.

P-40s fly reconnaissance and escort missions.

In Italy, US B-24s hit the harbor at Naples.

The 81BS(M), 12BG(M): with B-25s transfers from Gambut, Libya to Tmed El Chel, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Libya, B-17s bomb the fort and town of Gadames and attack the rail bridge and highway bridge across the Oued el Akarit, NNW of Gabes, Tunisia.

Escorting P-38s engage in a 25-minute combat with attacking fighters, shooting down one and severely damaging another; two P-38s are lost.

In Tunisia, B-25s bomb shipping along the northeastern Tunisian coast; escorting P-38s claim three aircraft shot down.

Other fighters fly patrol and reconnaissance, and escort C-47 transport planes.

Six Bf 109s with additional overhead cover strafe Thelepte Airfield.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s and P-39s hit the Munda, New Georgia area.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 12 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, two B-24s cover a small US Army and Navy force landing unopposed at Amchitka. Two B-25s and four P-38 escorts alson on the cover Mission turn back due to weather. Weather reconnaissance is flown over Attu, Agatuu, Semichis and, lastly, over Kiska Harbor, where four ships are observed.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Two Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG are used on a fighter patrol.

The 12BW, VIII BC transfers from Chelveston, England to Marks Hall, England when all personnel and equipment are transferred to other units. This unit will remain a paper unit until being disbanded in England on 9 Oct 44.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, P-40s carry out three scramble interceptor missions claiming two fighters shot down. RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX BC, hit Tripoli.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Libya, 12 B-17s of the 97BG(H) bomb the Castel Benito Airfield south of Tripoli, dropping 120 120-pound fragmentation clusters and 75 500-pound and six 1,000-pound high explosive bombs claiming the destruction of at least 20 parked aircraft. The heavy bombers claim destruction of 14 attacking Italian Mc 202 aircraft in aerial combat. Over the Mediterranean, B-25s sent to hit shipping in the Straits of Sicily and in the Gulf of Gabes fail to find targets and return with their bombs.

In Tunisia, B-26s hit the bridges at La Hencha and Chaaba, completely destroying one bridge. Fighters fly patrols, reconnaissance, and C-47 escort, and strafe moored seaplanes and destroy numerous trucks during a sweep over the Ben Gardane area.

Seven Ju 88s and five Bf 109s attack Thelepte Airfield.

HQ XII Fighter Command transfers from Tebessa to La Senia, Algeria.

The 92FS, 81FG with P-39s transfers from Mediouna, French Morocco to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s, P-38s, P-39s and P-40s attack Munda, New Georgia with the loss of two B-26s. Other P-39s hit targets on Guadalcanal.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24s, in single-plane actions, bomb the Finschhafen and Madang areas.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 13 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, three bombers and four fighters are in the air. The weather reconnaissance aircraft returns west of Kiska due to high winds.

Constantine Harbor is patrolled until weather forces aircraft to return.

An attack on Kiska is cancelled.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 29: The primary targets are the steel and locomotive works and marshaling yard at Lille, France. The 1 BW dispatches 72 B-17s; 64 drop 125 tons of bombs on the targets between 1427 and 1430 hours local. Locomotive construction and repair work is seriously imparied.

We claim 3 enemy aircraft destroyed, 4 probably destroyed and 5 damaged; three B-17s are lost, 15 are damaged; human casualties are 2 KIA, 9 WIA and 30 MIA.

Sixteen B-24s of the 4BW fly a diversionary raid. Escort for the raid plus two raids by RAF Bostons against St Omer, France is provided by 69 Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG. They claim 3 destroyed, 4 probably destroyed and 5 damaged; one Spitfire is lost. One Spitfire is forced down at Tangmere due to engine failure and sustained major damage.

Two other Spitfire Mk Vs also flew an uneventful fighter patrol.

HQ 56FG and its subordinate 61 and 62FSs are established at Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England upon arrival from the US; the 63FS is established at Wittering, Northamptonshire. The group will be equipped with P-47C-2 and P-47C-5 aircraft in Feb.

The ground echelon of the 1(Anti-sub)S(H) joins the air echelon at St Eval, Cornwall, England. The air echelon with B-24s has been operating from St Eval since 10 Nov 42.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, weather prevents B-24s from attacking Tripoli and also causes B-25s sent to bomb Bir Dufan to abort. P-40s fly cover for RAF Baltimores.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): Over the Mediterranean, B-25s, with P-38 escort, bomb a partially sunken freighter between Tunisia and Sicily.

In Tunisia, fighters fly uneventful reconnaissance and patrol missions.

Five Ju 88s drop 40 bombs on Thelepte Airfield.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 13AF and its subordinate XIII BC and XIII Fighter Command are activated to assume administrative control over all USAAF units in the South Pacific. HQ 13AF (Major General Nathan F. Twinning) and HQ XIII Fighter Command (Brigadier General Dean C. Strother) are established at Noumea, New Caledonia Island; HQ XIII Bomber Command (Colonel Harlan T. McCormick) is established on Espirtu Santo Island, New Hebrides. Operational control of the Thirteenth's subordinate units is exercised by the USMC officer commanding USMC air units on Guadalcanal.

In the Solomons, P-39s strafe forces on the beach at Kokumbona and hit Visale (both on Guadalcanal) in support of the ground offensive. Also, B-26s with P-39 and P-38 escort pound the Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel Island area; no aircraft are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s bomb and strafe the Sanananda Point area and forces along the Sanananda track. Heavy and medium bombers hit dock facilities at Lae and airfields at Lae and Salamaua.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 14 JANUARY 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (6AF): HQ 6BG(H) is transferred from Rio Hato, Panama to Albrook Field, Canal Zone.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Eight Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG carry out three Rhubarbs ( a small number of aircraft attacking ground targets usually in bad weather) and engage Fw 190s west of Ostend. We claim 2 enemy aircraft destroyed; two Spitfires are damaged one making a forced landing at Bradwell Bay with flak damage.

One of the three squadrons of the 4FG completes its transition from the Spitfire Mk V to P-47Cs; the group will fly its first P-47 mission on 10 Mar 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25s strike motor transport near Gheiada, with P-40s providing cover. B-24s fail, due to weather, to locate Sousse harbor (the primary target), but several bomb in the target area and along the road near Teboulba.

In Libya, RAF Liberators, under the operational control of the IX BC, hit Tripoli, Tagiura and the supply dump at Misurata.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): The Casablanca Conference opens. Prime Minister Churchill, President Roosevelt, and the Combined Chiefs of Staff discuss offensive actions in the Mediterranean and pledge to accept only unconditional surrender of the Axis countries.

In Tunisia, 26 B-17s, with an escort of 17 P-38s, attack docks and shipping at Sfax; a total of 253 500-pound bombs are dropped from 23,400 feet. B-26s, with fighter escort, attack the rail junction at Kalaa Srira and the junction and warehouse at Mahares. Fighters fly reconnaissance, patrols and C-47 escort.

Over the Mediterranean, B-25s, with P-38s, fly an anti-shipping sweep in the Straits of Sicily; no ships are sighted but vehicles and troop concentrations are strafed by the fighters on the return trip.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39s, dropping improvised gasoline bombs in the Guadalcanal battle area around Mount Austen and Kokumbona, pound forces and supplies throught the day. Other fighters hit barges and launches at Kaimana Bay and Aruligo Point. B-17s bomb the airfield on Buka Island without loss.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s strafe the Labu area and small boats in Sachsen Bay.

B-25s bomb the fuel dump and other supplies along the beach in the vicinity of Voco Point near Lae. B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on Madang and Finschhafen, and also bomb Gasmata Island, Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a total of eight P-38s, three B-25s and a B-24 patrol Constantine Harbor, fly reconnaissance over Kiska, where one ship is sighted, and fly negative armored reconnaissance runs over Attu, the Semichis and Buldir.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, six B-24s hit shipping in the Rangoon area, claiming one vessel sunk and another damaged. Six P-40s bomb barges at Bhamo; six others bomb Nsopzup; three more hit footbridges and targets of opportunity at Taihpa Ga, Yupbang Ga, and other points in northern Burma.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Twelve Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly uneventful fighter patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-24s bomb the harbor at Tripoli, scoring hits on vessels and on the shore areas near the harbor. P-40s fly sweep and fighter-bomber operations as the British Eighth Army begins an assault on the Buerat line and a drive on Tripoli. RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX BC, hit a road junction at Tripoli.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-26s attack the railroad and highway bridge across Oued el Akarit, NNW of Gabes. Escorting P-38s flight a long battle with enemy fighters; two B-26s and two P-38s are shot down. Fighters fly several reconnaissance and patrol operations, intercept enemy aircraft attacking airfields in the Labasse area, and escort transport aircraft.

In the Mediterranean, B-25s and B-26s fly three counter-shipping missions north and northeast off Tunisia, claiming one vessel left in flames. Escorting fighters strafe trucks and claim two aircraft shot down.

Nine Ju 88s escorted by four Mc 202s attack Thelepte Airfield; eight Ju 88s are shot down by P-40s of the 33FG; AA gets the ninth Ju 88.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, SBDs with F4F and P-39 escort attack nine destroyers of the Tokyo Express. They are met by 12 Oscars; eight are shot down with the loss of one SBD and five US fighters. B-17s, P-38s, P-39s and P-40s attack five destroyers near Faisi; they are met by float biplanes and 13 are shot down with no loss of USAAF aircraft. SBDs with F4F and P-39 escort bomb a cargo ship off Munda; they are met by 12 Zekes; seven are shot down with the loss of one US fighter. B-17s and PBYs bomb Kahili, Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s strafe the Sanananda Point area as US troops envelop pockets along the Soputa-Sanananda road. B-25s bomb supply dumps at Lae; B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on bridge construction at Wewak.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s hit the airfield on Gasmata Island and carry out single-plane attacks on the runway at Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, six B-24s off to hit Kiska return due to weather. A B-24 flies negative reconnaissance over Buldir, the Semichis, Attu and Agattu.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In China, China Air Task Force P-40s intercept Japanese aircraft that attempt a strike on Yunnani and claim seven Zekes shot down in the air battle. Anticipating that the Japanese planes will land at Lashio Airfield, six B-25s and eleven fighters are sent to that field in the hope of catching the enemy on the ground; finding no aircraft there, the B-25s and fighters attack the town of Lashio. This is the last raid by the China Air Task Force before a fuel shortage grounds the fighters for the remainder of January and the B-25s for 33 days.

In Burma, India Air Task Force B-25s hit Mandalay-Lashio and Sagaing-Ye-u branch railroad lines with three strikes on 16 and 17 Jan, knocking out two important rail hubs. Ten B-25s bomb the railroad yards at Maymyo.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): RAF heavy bombers attack Berlin during the night of 16/17 Jan for the first time since 7 Nov 41. Target indicator bombs are used for the first time.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-24s hit Tripoli harbor and the town area. RAF Liberator Mk IIs of No. 178 Squadron bomb the road junction and Benito Gate at Tripoli.

P-40s fly patrol, scramble and fighter-bomber mission s as the British Eighth Army, having passed through the enemy's main defenses at Buerat, pushes toward Tripoli.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, B-26s on a shipping strike in the Straits of Sicily fail to find any ships.

In Tunisia, A-20s on an armed reconnaissance return to base with their bombs when no targets are sighted. Fighters and F-4s fly reconnaissance and patrols while Spitfires escort C-47s on ferry runs.

The 32d, 352d, and 419BS(H), 301BG(H) with B-17s transfer from Biskra, Algeria to Ain M'lila, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides join P-38s and P-39s in the Guadalcanal campaign, pounding the Japanese at Tassafaronga.

The Munda, New Georgia area is also bombed. B-17s bomb the Buin-Faisi area, concentrating on Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and Ballale Airfield on Shortland Island.

The 17(Photo)RS, 4(Photo)RG with P-38s and F-5s transfers from Noumea, New Caledonia to Guadalcanal. The air echelon of C and D Flights remain in the US. The squadron will fly its first combat mission on 5 Feb 43 and will be redesignated 17(Photo)S(L) on 6 Feb 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s pound the Soputa-Sanananda trail, the Kurenada area, and the area south of the Kumusi River, after which US and Australian ground forces open an assault on Sanananda which falls tomorrow. B-25s again bomb supplies at Lae.

B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on airfields at Gasmata Island, Bismarck Archipelago; the town of Finschhafen, New Guinea, and a cruiser ESE of Cape Orford.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 17 JANUARY 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, six India Air Task Force B-25s bomb railroad targets of opportuinity north of Monywa; three others bomb the rail junction at Maymyo.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Four Sptifire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly uneventful ship protection patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-24s bomb Tripoli harbor. P-40s fly reconnaissance, patrol, top cover and fighter-bomber mission s as British ground forces pursue the enemy twoard Tripoli, reaching positions ten miles E of Misurata on the coast with Beni Ulid on the south flank. During the night of 17/18 Jan, RAF Liberators hit Castel Benito Airfield and the road junction west of Homs.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-25s, with P-38 cover, attack the rail junction at Graiba.

Fighters fly routine reconnaissance and patrols and escort C-47 missions.

In the Mediterranean, B-25s on a shipping strike fail to locate any vessels and return with their bombs.

HQ 52FG transfers from Orleansville, Algeria to Telergma, Algeria.

HQ 301BG(H) and it's 353BS(H), with B-17s, transfers from Biskra, Algeria to Ain M'lila, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39s pound mortar positions near Allied lines on Guadalcanal. Ground supply lines to the Mount Austen battle area reopen after three days of being closed because their extension outran the capacity of the native carriers. During the three days, B-17s from Henderson Field airlift rations, water, and ammunition to the troops, using what improvised cargo parachutes are available and in may cases wrapping the supplies in burlap or canvas and pushing them out.

The 31BS(H), 5BG(H) with B-17s transfers from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s strafe Mambare Delta and hit positions between Bakumbari and Salamaua. B-25s again pound supply stroes at Lae. B-24s, operating individually, attack Finschhafen and Madang wharf areas, Malahang Airfield and a vessel southeast of Rambutyo Island.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb landing grounds and shipping in Rabaul, New Britain Island. B-24s, operating individually, attack the airfield on Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 18 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a B-24 on reconnaissance reports two vessels in Kiska Harbor. Thereupon four B-24s, four B-26s, one B-25 and six P-38s fly out of Adak. Mechanical trouble forces two B-26s to return. The bomb run is negative. Meanwhile bad weather closes in on Kiska and Adak. Six aircraft are lost; one B-24 lands in a 20 mph downwind and crashes into two P-38s while three other B-24s are missing on the return flight.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, eight P-40s and a B-25 of the India Air Task Force attack Kamaing.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 4BW transfers from Camp Lynn to Marks Hall, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-24s strike Tripoli harbor. P-40s fly top cover and fighter-bomber mission s. General Montgomery orders accelerated day and night pursuit toward Tripoli as contact with Rommel's forces is temporarily lost due to terrain and obstacles.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Libya, B-17s, with fighter escort, bomb Castel Benito Airfield.

In the Mediterranean, B-26s attack two vessels in the Gulf of Hammamet.

In Tunisia, fighters fly reconnaissance and patrols and escort C-47 runs.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s, P-38s and P-40s attack shipping at Shortland Island, bomb Ballale Island and attack a schooner south of Santa Isabel Island. Hits are scored on two vessels. The fighter escort shoots down two Rufes with the loss of one US fighter.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s bomb a motor pool and supply dumps at Lae. B-24s, operating individually, bomb Madang and Malahang Airfields and attack a cargo ship southeast of Rambutyo Island.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the crew of one of the three B-24s missing yesterday, which had crashlanded at Great Sitkin Island, is picked up by a Navy tender. Weather prevents missions and searches.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): Two flights of India Air Task Force B-24s depart Pandaveswar, India for raids on Burma and Thailand.

In Burma, one flight of B-24s bombs Thazi, a railroad junction south of Mandalay while 14 P-40s and a B-25 pound Kamaing.

In Thailand, the second flight of B-24s carries out photographic reconnaissance of Kanchanaburi and bombs the docks at Bassein during the return trip. This reconnaissance flight, the largest Mission in the CBI Theater to date, reveals construction of a new railline from Thailand to Burma.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-24s hit the harbor at Sousse.

In Libya, B-24s hit the harbor at Tripoli while B-25s hit Castel Benito Airfield and motor transport on the road. Ground forces regain contact with the enemy. The coastal force reaches Homs while the southern column presses toward Tarhunah.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s hit the industrial area just south of Tunis and the marshaling yard at Jabal al Jallud; P-38s provide cover. B-25s hit Medenine and a nearby motor pool. Fighters continue routine reconnaissance, patrol and C-47 escort missions.

The 2d, 4th and 5FSs, 51FG with Spitfire Mk Vs, transfer from Orleansville, Algeria to Telergma, Algeria.

72 P-40Fs of the 325FG are flown off the USS Ranger and land at Cazes Airdrome, Casablanca.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s, escorted by P-38s and P-40s, bomb the runway and revetments at Munda, New Georgia Island.

The 394BS(H), 5BG(H) that has been operating from Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands with B-17s since 3 Jan returns to their base on Fiji.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s strafe troops in the Kurenada area; B-25s hit barracks area and supply dumps at Toeal and pound supply dumps at Lae.

Heavy bombers carry out individual attacks on various targets at Lae, Madang, Cape Hollman, Cape Saint George, Finschhafen in New Guinea and Gasmata Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 20 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather aircraft aborts shortly after takeoff. A B-24 and a Navy PBY search without results for the two B-24s missing since MONDAY.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 371BS(H), 307BG(H): with B-24s and based at Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii begins operating from Midway.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): The 75FS, 23FG with P-40s transfers from Chanyi to Yunnani, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Twenty-two Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly three missions.

Two engage in a Rhubarb (small number of aircraft attacking ground targets usually in bad weather) and attack three locomotives at Calais, France; 14 fly an interception mission ; and six fly defensive patrols. One aircraft is damaged beyond repair.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-24s hit the harbor at Tripoli. P-40s fly top cover and fighter-bomber operations as enemy resistance to the British advance stiffens in the Homs-Tarhunah area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s hit Cap Mangin near Gabes when cloud cover prevents bombing of the primary target, Tripoli, Libya. Fighters continue reconnaissance and patrols, and C-47s continue transport flights with fighter cover.

In the Mediterranean, six B-25s of the 310BG(M), escorted by 12 P-38s of the 14FG, hit shipping in the Straits of Sicily sinking a tanker.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s claim a hit on a destroyer off southern Bougainville Island. B-17s with fighter escort attack ships near Shortland Island without scoring hits. They are met by Zekes and float biplanes; eight are shot down with the loss of one US fighter.

The advance grund echelon of the 18(Photo)Mapping Squadron, 4(Photo)G arrives at Dumbea, New Caledonia from the US. THe bulk of the air echelon is still in the US.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s bomb supply dumps at Lae and targets on Aroe Island;

B-24s, operating singly, attack Madang and Finschhafen.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s, operating singly, attack Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island and Gasmata Island.

The 64th and 65BS(H), 43BG(H) with B-17s transfers from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather reconnaissance aircraft flies. An attack run over Kiska and a patrol over Amchitka are call off due to weather. Air searches for the two B-24s missing since MONDAY continue.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): At the Casablanca Conference between Prime Minister Churchill, President Roosevelt and the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS), the CCS issue the "Casablanca Directive." It broadly outlines the operations of the USAAF VIII BC and the RAF BC located in the UK as having the primary object of the destruction of the German military, economic and industrial systems and undermining of morale of the German people. Primary targets listed in order of priority are submarine construction yards, the aircraft industry, transportation, oil plants and other war industries. It largely relieves the VIII BC of supporting North African operations.

Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker, Commanding General 8AF, completes a paper called "The Case For Day Bombing" which he presents to General Henry "Hap" Arnold, Commanding General Army AFs at the Casablanca Conference. Eaker then discusses these ideas on the merits of daylight bombing with Churchill in an attempt to convince him of its effectiveness. Churchill later concurs. This paper leads to development of the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) program.

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 49 sorties during the day.

Early in the day, 26 escort RAF Venturas attacking Caen/Carpiquet, France.

Later in the day, 23 support a Circus (heavy fighter escort of a small force of bombers in an attempt to provoke a Luftwaffe fighter response) to Caen, France.

A 93BG(H) B-24 attempts a Moling mission, i.e., bad weather operation by single aircraft designed to alert the Luftwaffe.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-24s bomb Tripoli harbor while B-25s attack targets along the Surman-Az Zawiyah road. P-40s fly fighter-bomber mission s against ground targets as the British Eighth Army overcomes resistance in the area.

The enemy strengthens the Tarhunah area at the expense of the Homs front, causing General Montgomery to decide to make the main effort along the coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, six B-26s of the 319BG(M) hit two freighters northeast of Cape Bon, sinking one and damaging the other.

The escorting P-38s shoot down two Z 1007 bombers and then mix it up with six Bf 109s, claiming three shot down but losing two P-38s.

In Tunisia, B-25s bomb the highway and railroad bridge just north of Pont-du-Fahs. Fighters fly bomber and C-47 escort and fly sweeps and reconnaissance, attacking and destroying a large number of trucks on the Gabes-Ben Gardane road. A-20s and fighter escort bomb and strafe a tank and truck concentration near Ousseltia in support of elements of the US 1Armored Division which begins the Allied assault in an effort to push the enemy back in the Ousseltia Valley into which a new enemy offensive under new German Commanding General, Colonel General von Arnim, has advanced in a four-day push. 24 P-38s find the Gabes-Medenine-Ben Gardane road crowded with traffic; they swept down and strafe, claiming 65 vehicles destroyed plus two Bf 109s destroyed in the air.

A detachment of the 154OS, 68OG with P-39s begins operating from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria. The squadron will fly its first combat mission as a tactical reconnaissance unit on 26 Jan.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s, B-26s and P-39s pound a bivouac and other targets in Munda, New Georgia Island. B-17s also attack shipping east of Kieta, Bougainville Island.

HQ 13AF transfers from Noumea, New Caledonia to Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb the airfield and shipping in Rabaul, New Britain Island.

In northeastern New Guinea, B-25s hit supply dumps and airfields.

In Dutch New Guinea, a single B-24 attacks a cruiser at Amboinea harbor on Ambon Island.

The 403BS(H), 43BG(H) with B-17s and B-24s transfers from Milne Bay, New Guinea to Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. The squadron will begin transitioning from B-17s to B-24s.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather reconnaissance aircraft finds Kiska closed in and flies a negative search for the two B-24s missing since Monday. For the first time the weather aircraft draws AA fire through the overcast at Kiska, suggesting that the Japanese have fire-control radar.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, nine India Air Task Force P-40s bomb and strafe Nsopzup and hit targets of opportunity south of the town.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Twenty five Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG support RAF Bostons on missions. We claim four enemy aircraft destroyed; one Spitfire is lost, one damaged beyond repair, one damaged and one pilot is MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, B-25s bomb a road junction near Tripoli. P-40s fly cover and fighter-bomber mission s as the British Eighth Army's 22 Armored Brigade passes through 51Infantry Division at Homs and drives beyond Castelverde.

Forces to the south advance to within 17 miles of Tripoli.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): Another step is taken toward amalgamation of US and RAF air strength in the Allied AF. Air support for US and British ground forces in North Africa is coordinated by the formation of a new combined HQ, Allied Air Support Command, subordinate to the Allied AF and under the command of Major General Laurence S Kuter, USAAF. The new command consists of the USAAF XII Air Support Command, the RAF No. 242 Group, a photographic reconnaissance unit and any other units that might be assigned to it.

In Tunisia, B-17s, operating in two forces, bomb El Aouina Airfield in the morning; B-26s hit the airfield shortly after noon; and B-25s attack later in the afternoon. Two escorting P-38s are lost to enemy fighters.

Fighters fly escort for bombers and for C-47s and carry out numerous reconnaissance and patrol missions. P-39s and P-40s support the Allied ground assault in the Ousseltia Valley which has been halted to by strong opposition; the fighters silence several machinegun positions. One P-40 is lost.

In the Mediterranean, other B-26s, on a shipping strike, severely damage a freighter in the Straits of Sicily.

HQ 81FG transfers from Mediouna, French Morocco to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-17s bomb Rekata Bay on Santa Isabel Island without loss.

HQ XIII Fighter Command and HQ 4(Photo)G transfer from Noumea, New Caledonia to Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s bomb Simpson Harbor and shipping and searchlights at Rabaul, New Britain Island.

In the Dutch East Indies, B-24s attack a vessel off Amoina, Ambon Island.

In New Guinea, B-25s bomb the Lae Terrace area. A-20s strafe small boats in Baden Bay and at Woiba Island. On this date the Papua Campaign ends with the collapse of organized resistance on the Sanananda front.

The 39TCS, 317TCG with C-47s arrives at Garbutt, Queensland, Australia from the US.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather reconnaissance over Kiska and a search mission for the two B-24s missing since Monday reveal nothing. Enemy aircraft appear over Amchitka twice but inflict no damage. Durint the period of 18 to 23 Jan, a period of continuous storms and sudden changes to extreme foul weather, non-combat losses are exceptionally high as 13 aircraft are lost; no losses result from enemy action.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 24 P-40Ks of the 78FS, 18FG, escorted by three LB-30s, fly from Barking Sands, Territory of Hawaii to Midway Island. This flight of about 1,100 nautical miles is the longest over-water massed flight of single-engine aircraft made as of this date. The 78th has been dispatched to Midway to replace the 73FS which has been on the island since 17 Jun 42.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 30: The 1BW dispatches 73 B-17s against the port area of Lorient, France; 35 aircraft hit the primary target between 1348 and 1351hours local and drop 86 tons on the target.

We claim 7 enemy aircraft destroyed, 5 probably destroyed and 4 damaged; five B-17s are lost and one aircraft is declared damaged beyond repair upon returning to England; human casualties are 1 KIA, 19 WIA and 50 MIA.

Nineteen B-17s hit the secondary target, the U-Boat base at Brest at 1413 hours; they drop 45.25 tons of bombs on the target and claim one enemy aircraft damaged; no B-17s are lost and only two are WIA. The 2BW dispatches 17 B-24s on a diversionary raid. Four Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly uneventful ship protection patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24s bomb Palermo harbor during the night of 23/24 Jan.

In Libya, P-40s fly cover and fighter-bomber mission s during the day as Tripoli falls to General Montgomery's Eighth Army.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s, in two forces, hit the Bizerte naval base and shipping in the immediate area. Much damage is done to base facilities and one motor vessel is sunk; 75 to 100 enemy fighters attack the formations, and the B-17s and escorting P-38s claim 20 destroyed; two P-38s are lost and four more are missing. A-20s, and escorting P-40s, attack a heavy gun battery, machinegun nests, and two infantry companies while supporting ground forces in the battle area south of Ousseltia. Fighters of the XII Air Support Command destroy over 20 vehicles on the Gabes-Ben Gardane highway.

In the Mediterranean, B-26s hit shipping off northeastern Tunisia, attacking several vessels and claiming one destroyed; escorting fighters hit trucks and tanks near Enfidaville, Tunisia on the return flight.

The 91FS, 81FG with P-39s transfers from Mediouna, French Morocco to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): US ground forces, aided by P-39s and USMC fighter-bombers, have by this date pushed up the Guadalcanal coast and taken Kokumbona and the Poha River Valley. The enemy has now lost control of a good landing beach west of the airfields; captured with the beach are the artillery pieces that have menaced Henderson Field and the ground forces in the Mount Austen area.

The enemy's supply routes, communications systems and ammunition dumps are also lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s attack the airfields at Rabaul, New Britain Island and shipping off Cape Gazelle. B-24s, operating individually, attack transports north of Rabaul and at Simpson Harbor, Rabaul.

In New Guinea, B-25s pound supply dumps in the terrace area of Lae.

B-24s, operating individually, hit Madang and Finschhafen.

HQ 317TCG and its subordinate 40th, 41 and 46tcs with C-47s arrive at Garbutt Field, Queensland, Australia from the US.

The 63BS(H), 43BG(H) with B-17s transfers from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 24 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, six heavy bombers and six medium bombers attempt an attack on Kiska Island. The medium bombers abort over Semiscopochnol. The heavy bombers circle Kiska until the weather closes in. Two Japanese aircraft bomb the Amchitka harbor area before US interceptors, six P-38s, and one B-24 arrive. Two P-38s return due to mechanical troubles; the others fly a negative search over Kiska.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): The 492BS(H), 7BG(H), not previously tried in battle, borrows four B-24s and one crew from the 436BS(H) and mounts a nine-plane strike docks at Rangoon, Burma. Hits are scored on the wharves, storage areas and a 6,000-ton vessel in the harbor. P-40s bomb and strafe ammunition stores at Shaduzup, Burma.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-24s strike Medenine Airfield while P-40s fly cover and fighter-bomber mission s as Axis forces retreat westward from Tripoli.

The 84th, 85th and 86FSs, 79FG with P-40s transfers from Egypt to Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-25s and B-26s, operating in two forces, attack Medenine Airfield; B-17s hit shipping in Sousse harbor; fighters escort bombers and attack vehicles and troop concentrations along the battleline.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb the airfield, harbor and shipping at Rabaul, New Britain Island. Single B-24s attack runways at Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island and Gasmata Island.

In New Guinea, B-25s hit supply dumps in the terrace area of Lae.

In Portuguese Timor, B-24s bomb Dili.

The 22TCS, 374TCG with C-47s transfers from Garbutt Field, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 25 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, P-38s are dispatched too late to engage two floatplanes bombing Amchitka. Reconnaissance is flown over Kiska, Buldir, Semichis, Attu and Agattu. One B-24 and two P-38s fly two patrol missions over Amchitka. An attack mission to Kiska is turned back by weather. B-25s unsuccessfully search for missing aircraft.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): Six B-24s carry out a photographic reconnaissance missions over Wake Island and drop 60 bombs. They claim one fighter shot down.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, five B-25s of the India Air Task Force bomb the bridge (which the enemy is striving to rebuild) at Myitnge. The southern approach to the bridge is destroyed and repair work on the bridge suspended. Three B-25s add to the destruction at the Mandalay Marshaling Yard, tearing up tracks, wrecking about 75 railroad cars, and setting the freight house aflame.

Three other B-25s inflict similar damage on the marshaling yard at Naba.

Six B-24s pound the Rangoon dock area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Fighter Command Circus 255: 17 Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG escort RAF Bostons on uneventful Circus 255. Circus is a large number of fighters escorting a small number of bombers in an attempt to get the Luftwaffe to respond.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Libya, P-40s carry out fighter-bomber mission s. The British 7 Armored Division, in pursuit of the enemy, reaches Az Zawiyah.

HQ 79FG transfers from Egypt to Libya.

The 345BS(H), 98BG(H) with B-24s transfers from Fayid, Egypt to Tobruk, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, bad weather cancels heavy and medium bomber mission s.

Fighters fly reconnaissance, patrol and C-47 escort missions.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, the final phase of the Guadalcanal offensive begins with orders to begin pursuit of the enemy along the northwestern coast toward Cape Esperance. The enemy retreat is to be cut off by the landing of a US battalion just southwest of the cape. B-26s and P-38s hit the airfield at Munda, New Georgia Island and bomb the wharf at Repirepi, demolishing it.

Other P-38s bomb installations in the Rekata Bay area of Santa Isabel Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s strafe areas in northeastern Papua where there appears to be some enemy movement. B-25s blast supply dumps and AA and machinegun positions around Lae. Single B-24s attack a beached ship at Finschhafen.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24s attack runways on Gasmata Island and at Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 26 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, all missions are cancelled due to weather. Two Japanese aircraft strafe Constantine Harbor, Amchitka Island.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Gilbert Islands, three B-24s, taking off from Funafuti in the Ellice Islands, fly a photographic reconnaissance missions over Tarawa, Maiana, Abemamam, Beru and Tomama. The heavy bombers attack merchant vessels in the lagoon at Tarawa.

Not to be outdone by the 78FS, P-40Es of the 73Fighter Squadron, 318FG, escorted by three LB-30s, fly from Midway to NAS Kaneohe, Territory of Hawaii, a distance of about 1,100 nautical miles. The 73had been dispatched to Midway immediately after the Battle of Midway and had been flown off the deck of the USS Saratoga, the first land based fighters to take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The 371BS(H), 307BG(H) with B-24s ceases operating from Midway Island and returns to its base at Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, seven B-24s bomb shipping and the dock area at Rangoon; 12 B-25s bomb Mandalay Marshaling Yards. Three B-25s and 15 P-40s hit the town area and bridge at Shaduzup, the railroad west of Meza and the Neba Marshaling Yard.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Fighter Command Circus 256: 22 Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG escort 12 RAF Venturas on a Circus mission; 1Spitfire is lost.

A 93BG(H) B-24 attempts a Moling mission.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, headwinds prevent B-24s from reaching Naples, the primary target, before dark, so they divert to Messina, bombing the town and the area around the train ferry terminal.

In Libya, P-40s fly fighter-bomber operations, refueling at Castel Benito.

The 415BS(H), 98BG(H) with B-24s transfers from Fayid, Egypt to Tobruk, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, B-26s on a shipping strike abort because of weather that limits air activity.

In Tunisia, fighters fly reconnaissance and local patrol missions.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s bomb the airfield on Ballale Island. P-39s, along with Navy aircraft, bomb AA positions and revetment areas at Munda, New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb shipping and the Rapopo airstrip in the Rabaul, New Britain area. B-24s carry out individual attacks on the runways at Cape Gloucester, New Britain and Gasmata Island.

In New Guinea, A-20s and B-25s pound the Lae area, concentrating on supply storage dumps. B-24s carry out individual attacks on Finschhafen.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 27 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a negative weather reconnaissance sortie is flown over Kiska Island. Four P-38s fly protective patrol over Amchitka Island. Upon their departure, three Japanese aircraft appear and unsuccessfully bomb shipping but cause three casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 31: The 8AF makes its first raid on Germany. The 1 and 2BWs dispatch 64 B-17s and 27 B-24s against the primary target, the Wilhelmshaven, Germany Naval Base; 53 B-17s hit the target between 1110 and 1113 hours local dropping 137.5 tons of bombs; two other B-17s attack the submarine base at Emden at 1135 hours as a target of opportunity; the B-24s are unable to locate the target due to bad weather and a navigational error and return to base. Mission stats: we claim 22 enemy aircraft destroyed, 14 probably destroyed and 13 damaged; 1 B-17 and 2 B-24s are lost; 32 B-17s and 11 B-24s are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 3 WIA and 30 MIA.

Seven Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly uneventful fighter patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s bomb Naples and Messina during the night of 26/27 Jan.

In Sicily, B-24s hit Palermo during the afternoon, after weather causes a diversion from the primary target at Naples.

In Libya, the British 7 Armored Division meets stiffening resistance near Zuwarah.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s hit shipping off the north coast of Algeria, attacking two destroyers and leaving one on fire. B-26s on a shipping strike fail to attack sighted vessels because of weather.

In Tunisia, A-20s attack the town of Al Mazzunah while fighters escort bombers and fly reconnaissance and local patrols.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): Major General Nathan F Twining, Commanding General 13AF and a crew of 14 are down at sea between Guadalcanal Island and Espiritu Santo Island. The entire group is rescued six days later. General Twining's raft had no radio, an item which Lieutenant General Millard F Harmon, Commanding General of US Army Forces in the South Pacific, had been requesting for some time. This incident results in the rapid appearance of dinghy radio sets in the area. Six B-26s and eight P-39s attack the airfield at Munda, New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s hit huts and AA positions at Garrison Hill while B-25s pound the supply storage and runway at Malahang. Individual B-24s bomb Finschhafen town and the runway on the tip of the Huon Peninsula.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, individual B-24s bomb the airfield on Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather aircraft encounters poor visibility over Kiska Island. Two patrols fly over Amchitka. The second runs into poor weather and aborts. An attack on Kiska is cancelled due to weather.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): One B-24 flies photographic reconnaissance over Nauru Island and Ocean Island in the Gilbert Islands.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, 60 heavy and medium bombers (B-17s, B-25s and B-26s) in three waves attack the harbor, shipping and marshaling yards at Sfax; all missions are escorted by P-38s. P-40s of the XII Air Support Command attack infantry and artillery while supporting French and US ground forces in the Ousseltia Valley where the Allies gain control of the western exit and half of Kairouan Pass.

HQ 320BG(M) and its 441, 442d, 443and 444BS(M) with B-26s transfer from La Senia, Algeria to Tafaraoui, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, five B-26s and 12 P-39s attack the airfield at Vila on Kolombangara Island. P-38s and P-40s, along with Navy aircraft, hit shipping between Choiseul and Kolombangara, claiming hits on a tanker and a smaller vessel.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s bomb the area from Garrison Hill to the Komiatum Track and B-17s hit the Wewak area. B-24s carry out individual attacks at Salamaua.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s carry out individual attacks on a cargo vessel in Open Bay and a nearby village in New Britain Island.

In the Dutch East Indies, B-24s in individual attacks bomb a transport off Amboina, Ambon Island.

HQ 3BG (Dive) and its 8BS (Dive): with A-20s and 90BS (Dive) with B-25s transfer from Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather reconnaissance over Kiska and a patrol over Rat Island, flown by one B-24, two B-25s and four P-38s, are recalled early due to weather. All other missions are cancelled.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Six Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly an uneventful defensive patrol.

A 93BG(H) B-24 attempts a Moling mission.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, three consecutive waves of B-17s attack the docks and shipping at Bizerte while B-26s hit El Aouina Airfield. Fighters escort the bombers and C-47s and carry out reconnaissance.

In the Mediterranean, B-26s on a shipping strike between Tunisia and Sicily severely damage a cargo liner.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s and P-39s hit a bivouac area at Vila, Kolombangara Island and the airfield at Munda on New Georgia Island. B-17s bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island.

The 67FS, 347FG based in New Caledonia with P-39s begins operating from Guadalcanal. This squadron will continue to operate from Guadalcanal until Jun 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s pound the area around Mubo, concentrating on positions on Garrison and Mat Mat Hill.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24s bomb runways at Cape Gloucester, New Britain and Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 30 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, two patrols, each composed of one B-25 and four P-38s, fly over Amchitka Island and are recalled early due to weather. One B-17, upon an alleged submarine sighting, drops four depth charges and one bomb whereupon a whale breaks water. Weather cancels other missions.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s bomb the train ferry terminal at Messina. Direct hits are scored on a ship and AA battery near the terminal.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, over 50 B-17s bomb the docks and shipping at Ferryville.

B-25s hit railroad installations and warehouses at El Aouinet while B-26s bomb a railroad south of Reyville. Fighters and A-20s carry out numerous strafing and bombing operations against tanks, motor transport and along the battleline between El Guettar and Faid.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, AA positions and the airfield area at Munda Point, New Georgia Island are pounded by B-17s, B-26s, P-39s and P-40s.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb shipping and wharf facilities at Rabaul, New Britain Island. B-24s, operating individually, bomb the runway at Gasmata Island and attack a transport vessel in Open Bay.

In New Guinea, A-20s strafe and bomb Lae and the area around Mubo in the vicinity of Garrison Hill and along the Komiatum Track.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 31 JANUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather and photographic reconnaissance aircraft flies twice over Kiska Island. During the first Mission near Attu Island, the aircraft is jumped by 6 fighters which it eludes. Four B-17s, 2 B-24s, 6 B-25s, 4 P-38s and 4 P-40s then attempt an attack on Kiska; P-40s turn back with mechanical troubles; the other aircraft find Kiska closed in and abort the mission . Two patrol missions, each by 1 B-25 and 4 P-38s, fly over Amchitka Island; two enemy floatplanes bomb Constantine Harbor on Amchitka without results.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Lieutenant General Lewis H Brereton, Commanding General 9AF assumes command of US Army Forces in the Middle East. In Italy, B-24s hit the railroad ferry installations at Messina harbor.

The British 7 Armored Division finishes clearing Zuwarah.

HQ IX Fighter Command arrives at Kabrit, Egypt from the US.

The 343BS(H), 98BG(H) with B-24s transfers from Kabrit, Egypt to Gambut, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s hit the harbor and shipping at Bizerte while B-26s bomb Gabes Airfield. Fighters escort bombers and attack ground targets and furnish cover for ground forces along the battleline between Gafsa and Faid. With the conclusion of the Casablanca Conference, the 308th Fighter Squadron, 31FG, which has been operating its Spitfire Mk Vs from Casablanca, returns to its base at Tafaraoui, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39s join Navy aircraft in attacks on shipping in the Vella Gulf; hits are claimed on a destroyer. B-17s bomb the ammunition dump and airfield at Vila, Kolombangara Island. P-39s, P-38s and P-40s, and other Allied fighters, carry out sweeps over Vila and Munda, New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s continue to pound positions between Mubo and Komiatum. A lone B-17 bombs the runway at Wewak. In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s pound airfields, shipping and the town area at Rabaul, New Britain Island while a single B-24 bombs the runway at Cape Gloucester.

In the ocean areas, B-24s unsuccessfully attack isolated vessels over widespread areas in the Banda Sea and Solomon Sea.

FEBRUARY 1943

USAAF Star MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, all missions are cancelled due to weather. Enemy aircraft bomb and strafe Amchitka harbor and shipping without inflicting damage.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 424BS(H), 307BG(H) with B-24s ceases operating from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands and returns to base (Dillingham Field, Territory of Hawaii).

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 7 B-24s of the India Air Task Force from Pandaveswar, India bomb the Arakan tea sheds on the Rangoon River near Rangoon harbor.

The 9(Photo)RS, 10AF with F-4s, is based at Pandaveswar, India with a detachment at Kunming, China. A detachment of the detachment begins operating from Kweilin, China sometime in February 1943. On 6 Feb 43, this squadron is redesignated the 9(Photo)S(L).

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 4FG dispatches 20 Spitfire Mk Vs on uneventful defensive and fighter patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 9FW is established at El Kabrit upon arrival from the U.S.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb the harbor and shipping at Tunis and shipping in La Goulette harbor. Fighters escort bombers and cover ground forces in the Sened-Maknassy area. A-20s and P-40s bomb tank and vehicle a concentration near Sidi Khalif.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s, P-39s and P-40s, along with Navy and Marine aircraft, attack 4 destroyers of the Tokyo Express north of Vangunu Island; unlike previous missions, these destroyers are dispatched to evacuate the Japanese troops from Guadalcanal. Hits on 2 of the ships cause fires. At night, 19 more destroyers come in, evacuate troops and, after losing one destroyer to a mine, are well away by dawn. B-17s attack shipping in the Shortland-Bougainville area, claiming 3 direct hits on cargo vessels.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb the runway and aircraft dispersal areas at Rabaul, New Britain Island.

In New Guinea, a lone B-24 bombs the runway at Finchhafen, then flies east to New Britain Island where it bombs the runway at Cape Gloucester and unsuccessfully attacks a ship in Open Bay.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40s strafe aircraft, AA positions and targets of opportunity at Kentung.

The 1TCS, 10AF attached to the India-China Wing, Air Transport Command, with C-47s arrives at Chabua, India from the U.S.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 32: 61 B-17s and 22 B-24s are dispatched against the Hamm, Germany marshalling yards. The formation encounters bad weather over the North Sea and returns to base.

VIII Fighter Command Circus 257 (a Circus was a heavy fighter escort of a small force of attack or bomber aircraft to entice the Luftwaffe up): 25 Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG escort 12 Venturas on an uneventful Circus. Nine other Spitfires of the 4FG fly an uneventful ship patrol.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 324FG and it's 314FS with P-40s transfers from El Amiriya, Egypt to El Kabrit, Egypt.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-25s and B-26s, in coordinated attacks, bomb El Maou Airfield at Sfax. A-20s, with P-40s and P-39s escorting, bomb a munitions dump in the battle area. Other fighters fly cover missions for ground forces along the battleline and carry out reconnaissance operations.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s, along with escorting P-40s and P-38s, attack shipping off Shortland Island. Of 20 Japanese aircraft which intercept, 9 are claimed destroyed. Other B-26s, P-38s and P-39s attack Munda Airfield on New Georgia.

The 18(Photo)Mapping Squadron, 4(Photo)G with B-25s transfers from Dumbea, New Caledonia to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. The bulk of the air echelon remains in the U.S. This squadron is redesignated 18(Photo)S(H) on 6 Feb 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb the airfield at Rabaul. B-24s attack shipping between Lolobau Island and New Britain and north of Open Bay, bomb Gasmata Island runway and hit Timika.

In New Guinea, A-20s continue to bomb and strafe positions on the high points between Mubo and Komiatum.

The 319BS(H), 90BG(H): with B-24s transfers from Iron Range, Queensland, Australia to Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Fighter Command Circus 258 (a Circus was a large force of fighters escorting a small force of bombers to entice the Luftwaffe up to fight): 22 Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG escort 12 Venturas on an uneventful Circus 258.

The 4FG also flies 25 sorties on uneventful offensive missions.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s hit the harbors at Palermo, Sicily and Messina, Italy; one bombs Plati, Italy.

The 316FS, 324FG with P-40s transfers from El Amiriya, Egypt to El Kabrit, Egypt.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-26s attack Gabes and vessels between Tunisia and Sicily.

B-25s hit bridges over the river north of Maknassy, damaging the railroad bridge. A-20s hit tanks and vehicles further north, and attack a large howitzer and numerous trucks east of Ousseltia.

The 81BS(M), 12BG(M): with B-25s transfers from Tmed El Chel, Libya to Berteaux, Algeria. These units are attached to the XII Air Support Command.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39s, P-38s and P-40s, along with Navy and Marine aircraft, attack Munda Airfield on New Georgia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s continue to strike along the Mubo-Komiatum Track.

B-25s bomb Dobo on Wamar Island.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s and B-24s attack the runway on Gasmata Island, Simpson Harbor, the Cape Gazelle area and the airfield at Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather reconnaissance aircraft over Kiska, jumped by 3 fighters, shoots 1down. It is followed by 3 B-17s, 3 B-24s, 3 B-25s, 4 P-38s and 8 P-40s. The B-24s blast the North Head submarine base, and score near misses on a cargo ship. The B-25s hit the vicinity of the Main Camp area; 3 of 5 floatplanes which intercept are shot down. The P-40s strafe Kiska ground installations and sight a fighter strip southwest of Salmon Lagoon. Two Amchitka fighter patrols are flown; the first also strafes gun emplacements on Vega Point. Five enemy bombers strike Amchitka.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-25s, bombing from 6,000 feet, and 7 B-24s, bombing from 14,500 feet, attack the Myitnge bridge south of Mandalay, damaging the southern approach; 3 other B-25s bomb the Myitnge railroad shops.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews, USAAF, assumes command of the European Theater of Operations, US Army. (Also see Western Mediterranean below.): VIII BC Mission 33: 65 B-17s of the 1BW and 21 B-24s of the 2BW are dispatched against the Hamm, Germany marshalling yards. The B-24s turn back before hitting the Dutch coast when the temperature drops below the lowest limit of the thermometers (-40 degrees C). Heavy clouds cover Hamm so three of four B-17 groups (39 B-17s) attack the marshalling yard, port area and industries in Emden, Germany between 1200 and 1215 hours local dropping 92.25 tons of bombs. We claim 25 enemy fighters destroyed, 8 probably destroyed and 6 damaged; 5 B-17s are lost; human casualties are 17 WIA and 50 MIA. Bombers are opposed for the first time by Ju 88 and Me 110 twin-engine fighters.

The 4FG dispatches 21Spitfire Mk Vs on uneventful fighter patrols and an air-sea rescue search.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 82BS(H), 12BG(M): with B-25s transfers from Tmded El Chel, Libya to Berteaux, Algeria.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): The North African Theater of Operations, US Army is established with Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower as commander. (Also see European Theater of Operations above.): In Tunisia, B-17s hit Gabes Airfield and a landing ground west of the town. Weather prevents completion of a medium bomber mission against a landing ground further southwest. Fighters escort the bombers and C-47s and fly reconnaissance over the battle area.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, a single B-17 joins Navy aircraft in pounding Kahili Airfield on Bougainville. Other Navy aircraft hit Munda Airfield on New Georgia. The second evacuation Tokyo Express, 22 destroyers covered by 25 Zekes, comes down The Slot. The destroyers are attacked 200 miles (320 km): north of Guadalcanal by 12 SBDs and 13 TBFs covered by 8 P-39s, 4 P-38s and 16 F4Fs; 1destroyer is disabled and another slightly damaged. The P-39s get 1Zeke, the F4Fs claim 6, the TBFs 2 and the SBDs 1; we lose 1F4F, 1SBD and 4 TBFs. An hour later, the same Express is hit by 12 SBDs escorted by 10 F4Fs and 4 P-40s of the 44FS, 318FG; 2 destroyers are slightly damaged. The P-40s claim 3 Zekes, the F4Fs 4 and the SBDs 2; we lose 1 P-40, 2 F4Fs and 2 SBDs. The destroyers successfully evacuate Japanese troops.

The 70BS(M), 38BG(M): with B-26s returns to its base on Fiji Island after operating from Guadalcanal since 9 Jan 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s and B-25s bomb Lae Airfield and harbor and nearby AA positions, and hit forces in the Mubo, Komiatum, Zaka and Wau areas.

Japanese forces begin retreating in disorder from the Wau area toward Mubo.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, heavy bombers hit the airfields at Rabaul, Gasmata Island and Cape Gloucester, score hits on a vessel off Arawe, and attack small boats at Lorengau, sinking 1 boat.

HQ 22BG(M) and it's 19th and 33BS(M) with B-26s transfer from Iron Range, Queensland, Australia to Woodstock, New South Wales, Australia. The group, which has been in combat since Apr 42, ceased combat operations in Jan 43 for R and R. The B-26s of the 19th are overhauled and stripped of all paint and bear the title "The Silver Fleet." The 33d, and the group's other two squadrons, the 2 and 408BS(M) at Reid River, Queensland, Australia, begin transitioning from B-26s to B-25Ds.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24s bomb the railroad station area at Rangoon. P-40s bomb a railway cut west of Meza, and having blocked the line, strafe a halted train. Six B-25s attack the Myitnge bridge but fail to knock out the target but damage the approaches. P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Kentung area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Spitfires of the 4FG fly 8 sorties; 2 on uneventful patrols and 6 to strafe an shipping convoy. Two corvettes and a merchant ship are damaged in the convoy; 1Spitfire is shot down and the pilot is listed as MIA.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, bad weather cancels heavy and medium bomber mission s.

Fighter fly reconnaissance missions (strafing trucks near Jabal Ash Shamsi), local patrols and escort for C-47s.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb Rabaul Airfield on New Britain Island. Heavy bombers carry out individual attacks on shipping off Papua and New Britain Island and hit the town of Rabaul and the airfield on Gasmata Island.

In the Moluccas Islands, B-24s blast docks and shipping at Amboina.

In New Guinea, B-25s hit Dobo. A-20s continue to bomb and strafe forces around Zaka, Sappa, Mubo and Gona.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather reconnaissance is flown over Kiska and Attu Islands.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 16 fighters follow the Mali River to Hpunkizup where they destroy about 20 trucks loaded with bridge repair equipment and completely decimate the village. Heavy bombers attack the bridge at Myitnge but fail to seriously damage the target.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Six Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly uneventful shipping patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 515BS(H), 376BG(H): with B-24s transfers from Abu Sueir, Egypt to Gambut, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, XII BC cancels missions because of weather.

P-40s and P-39s fly reconnaissance and strafing missions between Sidi bou Zid and Sfax. Spitfires escort transport and evacuation missions.

The Luftwaffe attacks an Allied convoy between Oran and Algiers and badly damages some ships.

The 308th and 309FSs, 31FG with Spitfire Mk Vs transfer from Tafaraoui, Algeria and La Senia, Algeria respectively to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 370th and 424BS(H), 307BG(H) based at Kipapa Field and Dillingham Field, Territory of Hawaii respectively with B-24s begin operating from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides.

The 371BS(H), 307BG(H) based at Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii with B-24s begins operating from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s bomb and strafe forces along the track from Mubo to Komiatum to Salamaua and hit the enemy in the Mambare River delta. An Australian coast watcher reports that there are 60+ Japanese aircraft on Lae Aerodrome; the 5AF dispatches 7 B-25s, 1 B-24, 22 P-38s, 11 P-39s, 5 P-400s and 8 P-40s plus 5 RAAF Beaufighters to attack the airfield. When they arrive, they find the aircraft gone; the Japanese are attacking Wau Airfield. The airfield is attacked and bombed and on the way back to base, the Allied aircraft encounter 9 Japanese bombers escorted by several dozen Zekes. In the melee that follows, we claim 25 aircraft shot down without any losses; 12 Zekes were shot down by the P-39s and P-400s of the 40FS, 35FG while the 7FS, 49FG with P-40s claim 7. A single B-24 hits cargo vessels off Finschhafen and Powell Point, claiming 1 vessel destroyed, and attacks troop barges in Riebeck Bay, causing several casualties.

The 80FS, 8FG with P-39s and P-400s transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Mareeba, Queensland, Australia.

This unit has been operating in New Guinea since Jul 42.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 1 B-17 flies weather reconnaissance over Kiska.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s it the harbor at Naples, scoring a direct hit on 1 vessel and hits on others.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Sardinia, over 50 B-17s and B-26s bomb Elmas Airfield and the seaplane base at Cagliari; P-38s provide escort.

In Tunisia, fighters and A-20s fly reconnaissance over large areas of eastern Tunisia; fighters strafe gun batteries in the Gafsa-Maknassy area.

HQ 31FG transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia. The 307FS with Spitfire Mk Vs, assigned to the 31, transfers from Maison Blanche, Algeria to Thelepte.

The 58FS, 33FG with P-40s transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Telergma, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): During the night, the third and last Tokyo Express comes down to Guadalcanal covered by a rain squall. The three Expesses have taken off 11,706 men from Guadalcanal to fight another day.

The 12FS, 15FG with P-39s transfers from Efate Island, New Hebrides to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, a single B-24 bombs Dobo and Babo, while another bomBSTimika and Kaukenau.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather reconnaissance is flown over Kiska, Agattu, and Attu Islands. Five B-24s and 5 B-25s bomb the Kiska Camp area and hit a water tank and buildings. Two B-25s bomb North Head through the overcast.

Four P-38s and a B-25 patrol over Amchitka Island.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 18 B-24s of the India Air Task Force pound the Rangoon marshalling yard, wrecking locomotive ships and destroying the railroad station. Three other B-24s bomb the runway at Mingaladon.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s attack ferry installations at Messina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb the docks and shipping at Sousse; B-26s and B-25s bomb Gabes Airfield, also hitting the nearby marshalling yard. Two forces of A-20s attack a vehicle and troop concentration east of Faid.

Fighters escort the bomber mission s, strafe the Sened-Maknassy area and the landing ground at Kebili, and fly routine reconnaissance and patrols.

HQ 33FG transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria for R&R. The group is short of pilots and has only 13 P-40Fs left after continuous combat since Nov 42. The group's 3 squadrons, the 58th, 59th and 60FSs, all transfer this week.

HQ 97BG(H) and its 340th and 341BS(H) with B-17s transfer from Biska, Algeria to Chateau-du-Rhumel, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s and Navy aircraft bomb Munda Airfield on NewGeorgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s pound Japanese forces in the Mubo area; B-25s bomb the Dobo town area.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, a single B-24 bombs the airfield on Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): HQ 318FG transfers from Hickam Field to Bellows Field, Territory of Hawaii.

The 19FS, 18FG with P-40s transfers from Bellows Field to NAS Barbers Point, Territory of Hawaii.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Crete, B-25s bomb several airfields.

HQ 98BG(H) transfers from Fayid, Egypt to Benina, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb Kairouan Airfield. Fighters strafe AA and machineguns and trucks in the Faid Pass, buildings near Mezzouna, trucks in the Station de Sened area, and fly escort and reconnaissance missions.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s, escorted by P-38s and P-39s, pound the airfield at Vila on Kolombangara Island. Other P-38s join Navy aircraft in attacking Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island. Organized Japanese resistance ends on Guadalcanal at 1625 hours local and the island is declared secure even though some isolated pockets of Japanese troops remain.

The 69BS(M), 38BG(M): with B-25s and B-26s permanently transfers from the New Hebrides Islands to Guadalcanal and participates in the mission described above.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Celebes, B-24s bomb Kendari Airfield. In New Guinea, A-20s hit the Malahang area.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather reconnaissance aircraft aborts the mission due to radio failure. Four B-24s, 2 B-17s, 8 B-25s and 8 P-38s attack Kiska Island; hits are observed on the landing strip and near the hangar and buildings. Two patrol missions, each by 4 P-38s and 1 B-25, are flown over the American-held Amchitka Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 30FS, 37FG with P-40s transfers from Anton, Panama to Aguadulce, Panama.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25s bomb rolling stock at Maymyo.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): German submarine, U-519, is sunk northwest of Spain (47-05N 18-34W) by a B-24 of the 2(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W attached to the 1(Antis-sub)G (Provisional).

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly two uneventful sorties on shipping patrol.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24s sent to attack Palermo are forced to abort due to bad weather. They jettison their bombs or return to base with them. One aircraft scores a direct hit on a Sicilian highway.

In Libya, rainfall delays the British Eighth Army assault on the Mareth Line positions at Ben Gardane.

HQ 376BG(H) and its 512th, 513th and 514BS(H) with B-24s transfer from Abu Sueir, Egypt to Gambut, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s attack shipping between Tunisia and Sicily, claiming 1vessel sunk and another badly damaged.

In Tunisia, weather cancels heavy and medium bomber mission s. P-39s and Spitfires of the XII Air Support Command strafe gun batteries, machinegun nests, vehicles and troops in the Maknassy-Station de Sened-Bou Hamran area.

The 59FS, 33FG with P-40s transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s and Navy aircraft attack Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): HQ 90BG(H) and its 320th and 321BS(H) with B-24s transfer from Iron Range, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 1943

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Crete, RAF Liberators under operational control of the IX Bomber Command are sent against Heraklion Airfield during the night of 10/11Feb.

Severe weather causes them to abort near the south coast of Crete.

The 415BS(H), 98BG(H): with B-24s transfers from Tobruk, Libya to Benina, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): Bad weather cancels all heavy and medium bomber mission s.

In Tunisia, A-20s hit Station de Sened. Fighters escort light bombers and transports, and fly reconnaissance and patrols.

A detachment of the 111OS, 68OG based at Oujda, French Morocco with A-20s begins operating from La Senia, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s, P-38s and P-39s bomb the airfields at Munda on New Georgia Island and Vila on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s carry out a predawn harassing strike over Rabaul on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather reconnaissance and attack missions against Kiska Island and a fighter patrol over Amchitka Island are broken off due to weather.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 371BS(H), 307BG(H): with B-24s based at Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii ceases operating from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands after 6 days.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 7 B-24s of the India Air Task Force pound the Myitnge bridge area but fail to damage the bridge itself. This strike marks the first use of 2,000 pound blockbusters in the CBI Theater. Twelve other B-24s bomb the Mahlwagon marshaling yard and railway station at Rangoon. Twelve P-40s hit barracks near Lonkin.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 18 uneventful sorties, 16 on shipping patrols and 2 on defensive patrols.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, heavy and medium bomber mission s are cancelled due to weather. A-20s attack gun installations west of Station de Sened.

Fighters escort A-20s and C-47s, and fly routine patrols.

The 347FS, 350FG with P-39s and P-400s transfers from Oujda, French Morocco to La Senia, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s, along with Navy aircraft, attack the Munda, New Georgia area, hitting AA at Rapa and setting fires at Kokengolo. B-26s and P-39s follow with a strike on the Munda Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s, operating individually, attack a sawmill at Ubili, a runway at Cape Gloucester, and the harbor and airfield at Rabaul, New Britain Island, and score a possible hit on a 6,000-ton vessel in the Solomon Sea between New Britain Island and Bougainville Island in the Solomons.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather reconnaissance is flown over Kiska, Attu, Agattu, the Semichis, and Buldir Island. Five heavy bombers, 6 medium bombers and 10 P-38s bomb and strafe Kiska targets including the Camp area, landing strip, and shipping. Of 5 float-type fighter which attack, P-38s shoot down 3. Four P-38s and 1 B-25 fly a patrol Mission over Amchitka Island and Little Kiska; a B-25 shoots down a floatplane.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 7 heavy bombers from Gaya, India bomb the Rangoon marshalling yard, scoring over 30 direct hits on the target. P-40s hit a headquarters at Lonkin, buring 12 barracks. Nine B-25s hit rolling stock in the marshalling yard at Paukkan and along the rail line from Shwebo to Sagaing.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 24 sorties on shipping patrols. One aircraft is lost and the pilot was killed.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s bomb the Naples area and Crotone Airfield and the city area under storm conditions.

In Crete, RAF Liberators under operational control of the IX Bomber Command attack Heraklion Airfield during the late afternoon and early evening. One Liberator hits the Kastelli/Pediada Airfield on the return trip.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Tunisia, B-26s bomb El Aouina Airfield. Fighters escort the B-26s, strafe tanks near Station de Sened, and destroy several trucks and staff cars in the Faid area.

The 59FS, 33FG with P-40s transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

The 414BS(H), 97BG(H): with B-17s transfers from Biskra, Algeria to Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 9 PB4Ys escorted by 4 P-38s and 11F4Us and 6 B-24s escorted by 4 P-38s and 7 P-40s take off on separate missions to hit shipping in the Shortland Island-Buin, Bougainville area. The PB4Ys drop their bombs on a cargo ship at 1130 hours, score no hits and return to base with their escort. The B-24s attack a cargo ship from 14,000 feet just after 1200 scoring 1 hit. On the way to the target, 3 P-40s and 2 P-38s had aborted the mission leaving the B-24s with an escort of 2 P-38s and 4 P-40s; this force is attacked by 45 enemey fighters over the target. Three B-24s, 2 P-40s and 4 P-38s are lost on this mission due to engine trouble, AA and enemy action. This is the baptism of fire in the Solomons for the B-24s of the 424BS(H), 307BG(H) which has just come down from Hawaii.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s pound forces in and around Mubo while B-25s hit the Lae area.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, a single B-24 bombs the sawmill area at Ubili and a B-17 hits targets of opportunity in the Rabaul area.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather reconnaissance aircraft turns back due to weather, as does the morning patrol of 1 B-25 and 4 P-38s flying over Allied held Amchitka Island. Other missions from Adak are also called off.

Seven enemy float-type aircraft bomb and strafe the Constantine Harbor area on Amchitka Island without effect.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-25s unsuccessfully attack the bridge at Myitnge. Fourteen P-40s hit the town area of Maingkwan and the barracks to the southwest.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 34: The 1BW dispatches 74 B-17s against the Hamm, Germany marshalling yards. The mission is cancelled due to weather and the aircraft are recalled before they pass the European coast. We claim 1enemy aircraft destroyed; 1 B-17 is damaged.

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 18 uneventful sorties on shipping patrols.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s on a shipping strike return with their bombs when no vessels are sighted.

In Tunisia, all heavy and medium bomber mission s are cancelled by bad weather. Fighters strafe vehicles and gun emplacements in the El Guettar-Sened-Maknassy areas, and hit tanks and trucks near Sisi Saad.

A-20s bomb tanks in the Faid Pass, trucks near Maknassy and southwest of Faid, the town of Maknassy, and railroad yards at Station de Sened. Enemy ground forces, both armored and infantry, begin a drive, supported by artillery and dive bombers, against Allied forces east of Sidi bou Zid.

HQ 350FG transfers from Oujda, French Morocco to Oran, Algeria. The group's 345th and 346FSs with P-39s and P-400s transfer from Oujda to La Senia, Algeria.

The 94FS, 1FG with P-38s transfers from Biskra, Tunisia to Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 9 PB4Ys escorted by 10 P-38s and 12 F4Us attack shipping in the Buin, Bougainville-Shortland Island area. The bombers score several hits on a cargo ships and near misses on two others. The formation is then attack by 30 Zekes and about 15 floatplanes. In the ensuing battle, we claim 14 Zekes and 1Pete shot down; Japanese records show they lost 3 Zekes. We lose 2 PB4Ys, 4 P-38s and 2 F4Us. Because of the losses suffered yesterday and today, all daylight bombing missions in the northern Solomons are halted until adequate fighter protection can be furnished.

P-39s and Navy aircraft bomb and strafe Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island and hit AA positions and other targets at Munda Point.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s and B-24s pound the Rabaul area, and also bomb the Kokopo area, Watom Islands, vessels off Kokop and off Cape Nelson; individual B-24s hit the sawmill at Ubili.

In New Guinea, individual B-24s attack the Madang area while B-25s bomb the airfield at Lae.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather reconnaissance B-24 is soon called off due to weather. All other missions are cancelled. Six float-type Japanese aircraft bomb and strafe Allied held Amchitka Island, hitting the runway and causing casualties.

The 18FS, 343FG with P-40s transfers from Adak Island to Amchitka Island.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-24s strike the bridge at Myitnge for the second consecutive day but cause little damage.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 35: The 2BW dispatches 23 B-24s against the port area and shipping at Dunkirk, France; 21 aircraft drop 62 tons of bombs at 1540 hours local. We claim 3 enemy aircraft destroyed and 1possibly destroyed; we lose 2, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 7 are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 24 MIA.

The Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 30 uneventful sorties on shipping patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The Desert Air Task Force (DATF) is established with Brigadier General Auby C Strickland as Commanding General. Whereas Desert Air Task Force HQ, organized on 22 Oct 42, controlled US Army Mid East AF (USAMEAF): tactical operations in the Western Desert, this new organization, with HQ at Tripoli, Libya, supervises, operationally and administratively, all 9AF units west of, and including, Marble Arch. In addition, General Strickland is commander of US troops in the area.

In Italy, B-24s attack the harbor at Naples, scoring direct hits on 2 vessels.

In Libya, British Army ground forces resume operations toward the Mareth Line as weather improves.

Colonel Hugo P Rush succeeds Brigadier General Patrick W Timberlake as Commanding Officer of IX BC, which transfers from Ismailia, Egypt to Bengasi, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Sicily, B-17s hits the harbor and shipping at Palermo.

In Tunisia, B-25s and B-26s attack Kairouan Airfield. Fighters support Allied ground forces being pushed back from the Faid-Sidi bou Zid area to positions at Sbeitla, Kasserine and Feriana. Enemy troops, vehicles, gun positions, and tanks are repeatedly attacked. Fighters hit similar targets in the Gafsa-Bou Hamran area.

Because of the German advance in Tunisia, the forward air base at Sbeitla, Tunisia is evacuated.

The 97BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20s transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria due to the German assault.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-26s, P-39s and P-40s attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island. B-24s, hindered by effective AA fire, bomb the airfields at Kahili, Bougainville Island and on Ballale Island; 2 B-24s are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island, Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s again bomb the town of Rabaul and hit the area nearby west of Simpson Harbor. A single B-17 attacks Rapopo Airfield.

In the Celebes, B-24s pound shipping and the town area at Amboina, Ceram Island, Netherlands East Indies.

In New Guinea, B-25s pound supply dumps at Malahang. B-24s operating singly bomb the runway at Finschhafen, and claim a direct hit on a vessel in Stettin Bay.

On Portugese Timor, B-25s attack the town and airfield of Dili.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather reconnaissance aircraft flies over Kiska, Attu, Agattu, the Semicis and Buldir Islands. Five B-24s, 6 B-25s, 6 P-38s and 1 B-25 photographic aircraft take off for Kiska but do not attack due to weather. One P-40, accompanying several P-38s on the Amchitka Island fighter patrol, lands on Amchitka strip; an afternoon patrol of 7 P-40s and 1 transport also land at the strip which is now safe for limited operations.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): A detachment of the 22FS, 36FG with P-40s and P-39s which has been operating from Zandery Field, Surinam since 16 Sep 42 returns to its base at Waller Field, Trinidad.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 18 P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Nsopzup and Hpunkizup areas.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 36: 71 B-17s of the 1BW and 18 B-24s of the 2BW are dispatched against the locks and U-boat base at Saint-Nazaire, France; 59 B-17s and 6 B-24s drop 160 tons of bombs between 1052 and 1055 hours local. We claim 20 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed, 12 probably destroyed and 2 damaged; we lose 6 B-17s and 2 B-24s with 28 B-17s and 2 B-24s damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 81 MIA.

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 34 uneventful sorties on fighter patrols.

The 13(Photo)S(L), 3(Photo)G with F-5s and L-4s transfers from Podington to Mount Farm, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Crete, RAF Liberators under operational control of the IX Bomber Command bomb Heraklion Airfield during the night of 16/17 Feb.

In Tunisia, the British Eighth Army's 7 Armored Division drives into Ben Gardane, an outpost of the Mareth Line.

The 83and 434BS(M), 12 BG(M) with B-25s transfer from Gambut, Libya to Castel Benito, Libya.

The 345BS(H), 98BG(H): with B-24s transfers from Tobruk, Libya to Benina, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s dispatched on a shipping mission abort due to weather.

In Tunisia, all heavy and medium bomber operations are cancelled due to weather. A-20s, in support of hard-pressed Allied ground forces, bomb gun positions west of Sidi bou Zid. Fighters fly repeated strafing missions against troops and vehicles in the Gafsa area.

The 85BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20s transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria due to the German assault.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): Rear Admiral Charles P Mason becomes Commander Aircraft Solomon Islands (COMAIRSOLS) with operational control of all (RNZAF), USAAF, USMC and USN aircraft in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb a warehouse at Ubili on New Britain Island.

In New Guinea, B-25s bomb Malahang Airfield and strafe targets of opportunity on the Salamaua peninsula.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather cancels all missions and also the laying of mat at the Amchitka Island airstrip.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): The 2TCS, 10AF with C-47s arrives at Yangkai, China from the U.S.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 38 uneventful sorties on patrol during the day.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): The 12AF and other organizations of the Allied AF are transferred to the North African AF (NAAF) which supplants the Allied AF. NAAF, in turn, becomes part of the Mediterranean Air Command (MAC), a new air command which comes into existence on this date with RAF Air Chief Marshall Arthur Tedder as commander. MAC also includes the RAF Middle East Air Command (later RAF, Middle East) and the RAF Malta Air Command (later RAF, Malta). The Commanding General of NAAF is General Carl Spaatz, USAAF.

In Sardinia, over 40 B-17s bomb Elmas Airfield; B-25s and B-26s hit the Villacidro and Decimomannu Airfields.

In Tunisia, fighters escort bombers and support ground forces in the Sbeitla-Kasserine-Feriana area. The fighters, along with A-20s, attack and destroy numerous tanks, trucks and other vehicles moving against hardpressed British First Army forces.

The two airfields at Thelepte, with 124 operational aircraft on the, are abandoned because of the German advance. Eighteen unflyable aircraft are burned after 60,000 gallons (227,100 liters) of aviation fuel are poured on them.

HQ 31FG transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria. The group's 307th, 308th and 309FSs with Spitfire Mk Vs transfer from Thelepte to Tebessa, Algeria.

HQ 81FG and its 91 and 92FSs with P-39s transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Le Kouif Airfield, Algeria.

The 60FS, 33FG with P-40s transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Telergma, Algeria.

The 71FS, 1FG with P-38s transfers from Biskra, Algeria to Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39s join Navy fighters and dive bombers in a strike against Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island. Single B-24s bomb Nusave Island and the airfields on Ballale Island and at Kahili on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s, operating individually, strike Gasmata Airfield and Pondo Harbor, Bobo and the sawmill at Ubili.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather reconnaissance determines that 3 ships at Attu Island to be friendly. P-40s on local patrol over Amchitka Island encounter and shoot down 2 enemy fighters.

The 21BS(H), 30BG(H): operating under control of the 28th Composite Group with B-24s from Umnak Islands begins operating from Amchitka Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 45BS(H), 40BG(H): with LB-30s transfers from David, Panama to the Galapagos Islands.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 26 uneventful sorties during the day on shipping and defensive patrols.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): HQ North African AF (NAAF) is set up under General Carl Spaatz, USAAF, and the 12AF becomes a paper outfit. Six principal subordinate commands are specified, i.e.: North African Air Support Command (NAASC): North African Coastal AF (NACAF): North African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing (NAPRW): North African Strategic AF (NASAF) North African Training Command (NATC): 12AF Units assigned to NAAF described above are: NAASC: XII Air Support Command [33and 81FGs and 47BG(L)]

NACAF: XII Fighter Command (31, 52 and 350FGs): NAPRW: 3(Photo)G

NASAF: XII BC [97th and 301BGS(H); 17th, 310th and 319BGS(M); 1FG, 14FG and 82FGs; and the 68OG]

NATC: 15BS(L): In Algeria, weather cancels heavy and medium bomber operations.

In Tunisia, fighters provide direct support for the British First Army in the Sbeitla-Kasserine-Feriana areas.

HQ 1FG and it's 27FS P-38s transfers from Biskra, Algeria to Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria.

The 342BS(H), 97BG(H) with B-17s transfers from Biskra, Algeria to Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-24s pound the airfield at Munda on New Georgia Island.

B-17s attack the Kahili, Bougainville area and shipping nearby.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s unsuccessfully attack shipping off Cape Gloucester and Cape Orford.

In New Guinea, B-25s bomb the Barar area. Individual B-24s bomb the Finschhafen landing ground and the Madang area.

In Portugese Timor, B-25s unsuccessfully attack shipping off Dili.

The 21TCS, 374TCG with C-47s transfers from Archerfield Airdrome near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather cancels all missions except limited weather reconnaissance.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40s dive-bomb a Japanese HQ at Hpunkizup and afterwards strafe a rail defile south of Meza, burying about 100 feet of track. Five B-25s bomb the rail terminal at Sagaing.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 26 uneventful sorties during the day; 2 on defensive patrols and 24 on an offensive sweep of the St. Omer, France area.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25s bomb the Gabes western area through heavy clouds.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Algeria, weather prevents heavy and medium bomber operations.

In Tunisia, fighters and A-20s of the XII Air Support Command are grounded and unable to support ground forces as the enemy opens an attack on Kasserine with infantry and tanks supported by artillery.

The 93FS, 81FG with P-39s transfers from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to Berteaux, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Solomons, B-17s bomb shipping and a seaplane base between Buin and Faisi, Bougainville Island and at Ballale Island and hit the Kahili Airfield on Bougainville.

In New Guinea, A-20s bomb and strafe forces in the Butibum and Angari areas.

B-24s carry out single-plane attacks agains shipping at Salamaua, New Guinea, off Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island and at Gasmata Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, reconnaissance over Kiska Island finds weather favorable and 5 B-24s, 7 B-25s and 8 P-38s take off to attack. The fighters hit the Main Camp area; the bombers bomb North Head, the Main Camp area and the runway.

The 11FS, 343FG with P-40s transfers from Fort Glenn on Umnak Island to Adak Island.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): Three B-24s of the 307BG(H) operating from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands photograph Makin Island, Abaiang Island and Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands and attack shipping at Tarawa.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 17 P-40s bomb a factory, oil tanks, and railroad tracks at Sahmaw. Thirteen B-24s attack the Gokteik Viaduct but fail to damage the structure.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 14 uneventful sorties during the day on shipping patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Crete, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, bomb Heraklion and Kastelli/Pediada Airfields during the night of 19/20 Feb.

In Italy, B-24s bomb Crotone, Naples, Amantea, Palmi, Nicotera and Rosarno.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather again severely limits operations.

In Tunisia, a handful of P-39s strafe trucks and half-tracks in the Kasserine area as the enemy breaks through the Kasserine Pass and thrusts north and west toward Thala and Tebessa.

HQ 33FG transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Telergma, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s and PBYs bomb Ballale Island and Kahili on Bougainville Island. B-24s pound Vila on Kolombangara Island. During the night of 19/20 Feb and day strikes, P-39s and Navy aircraft attack the Munda area on New Georgia Island, hitting the airfield and nearby Lambeti and Munda Point.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-17s bomb a landing ground at Kahili, Bougainville Island, and at Ballale Island in the Solomons, and Gasmata Airfield in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather prevents all flying from Adak Island. Fighters based on Amchitka Island patrol Kiska.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The North African Tactical AF assumes operational control of the Western Desert AF; tactical groups remain administratively assigned to the 9AF.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-25s hit the railroad yards at Gafsa. Weather foils 3 attempts by P-39s and Spitfires to furnish support to ground forces battling the German drive north and west of the Kasserine Pass. Only 2 P-39s are able to reach the enemy and strafe tanks and trucks.

HQ 31FG transfers from Tebessa, Algeria to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria. The 308FS assigned to the group transfers its Spitfire Mk Vs from Tebessa to Canrobert, Algeria.

The 86th and 97BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20s transfer from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Canrobert, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, USAAF, USN, USMC and (RNZAF) fighters from Guadalcanal provide air support as the 103d Infantry Regiment and 152Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm Howitzer Tractor-Drawn), 43Infantry Division land on three beaches in the Russell Islands 30 miles northwest of Guadalcanal. The landings are unopposed; the 169th Infantry Regiment lands tomorrow. The 103was a Maine National Guard unit activated in Feb 41; the 169th was a Connecticut NG unit activated at the same time. Airfields will be built on the island. 5AF aircraft had aided this operation by bombing the airfields in the Buin and Kahili area on Bougainville Island and the airfield on Ballale Island on Friday and Saturday.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Celebes, B-24s bomb the harbor and shipping at Amboina, Ambon Island, Netherlands East Indies.

In New Guinea, A-20s bomb and strafe several occupied villages and tracks throughout the Mubo-Komiatum-Salamaua region.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 16 bombers and 8 fighters abort a mission against Kiska Island due to weather.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-24s mine the Gulf of Martaban between Pagoda Point and the mouth of the Rangoon River during the night of 22/23 Feb. Twenty four B-24s and RAF Liberators fly a diversionary strike against the city of Rangoon and the Mingaladon Airfield.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 376BG(H) transfers from Gambut, Libya to Soluch, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, A-20s of the 47BG(L) and fighters, flying close support to Allied ground forces, aid in repulsing Field Marshall Rommel's drive toward Thala and Tebessa. The 47th flies 11 missions and bomb at minimum altitude; 1A-20 is lost after being hit by 3 Bf 109s; several aircraft sustain wing damage from ripping antennae off German tanks and trucks. At 1915 hours local the enemy begins a general withdrawal toward Kasserine. B-17s bomb the Kasserine Pass while B-25s hit the nearby bridge and escorting P-38s strafe retreating troops. Other B-25s hit the railway yards at Gafsa. P-39s of the 154OS, 68OG fly 17 attack-reconnaissance sorties over the Kasserine area destroying 3 tanks and damaging 10 trucks while losing 1 aircraft.

HQ 81FG and its 91 and 92FSs with P-39s transfer from Le Kouif Airfield, Algeria to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

The 307th and 309FSs, 31FG with Spitfire Mk Vs transfer from Tebessa, Algeria to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s, P-39s and Navy aircraft hit the Rekata Bay area and barges in Sambi Bay on Santa Isabel Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Admiralties, a B-24 hits Lorengau Airfield on Manus Island. In New Guinea, B-25s pound the Lae area while to the south A-20s hit forces at Buibuining, Waipali, Guadagasal and along trails in the surrounding areas. A single B-17 bombs Lae. The 36FS, 8FG with P-39s and P-400s transfers from Milne Bay, New Guinea to Mareeba, Queensland, Australia. The 39TCS, 317TCG with C-47s transfers from Garbutt, Australia to Archerfield Airdrome near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 17 bombers and 8 fighters bomb the Main Camp area on Kiska Island while an F-5A flies a photographic mission.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 P-40s knock out the railroad bridge west of Myitkyina.

Several B-24s attack the bridge at Myitnge; the strike fails to damage the structure itself but batters the southern approach.

In India, 46 Japanese bombers and fighters are intercepted over Chabua Airfield by P-40s. In a running battle, the P-40s claim at least 14 aircraft shot down.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s attack the Messina ferry slip, scoring direct hits and leaving the target area burning.

In Tunisia, B-25s hit Arram in the Mareth Line during the late evening.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s attack shipping north of Cap Bon, claiming 1 vessel sunk. In Tunisia, B-17s bomb Kairouan Airfield and hit troops retreating through the Kasserine Pass. B-25s and B-26s hit the Kasserine Pass and the bridge nearby. A-20s and fighters also attack retreating columns in the Kasserine area. The 3Air Defense Wing arrives at Oran, Algeria to control air defense units in the Oran area as part of the North African Coastal AF.

HQ 99BG(H), a B-17 unit, arrives at Navarin, Algeria from the US.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb the town and harbor area of Rabaul on New Britain Island. In New Guinea, A-20s continue to pound the occupied villages and trails in the Buibuining-Waipali and Guadagasal-Mubo areas. B-25s bomb and strafe Angari and Yangla.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, all except one Mission of 4 P-40s, to Kiska Island, are called off. The P-40s make no contacts, however.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40s knock out the southern span of the railroad bridge northeast of Pinbaw.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Lieutenant General Ira C Eaker, Commander 8AF, is advised by the War Department of the Combined Chiefs of Staff decision to employ his fighter units primarily in an offensive role in support of the bombers. Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 14 uneventful sorties on shipping patrols.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s sink several barges northeast of Cap Bon. In Tunisia, B-17s bomb Kairouan Airfield. B-26s and B-17s bomb enemy columns in Kasserine Pass and hit the town of Kasserine, while B-25s attack highway traffic near Sbeitla. A-20s and fighters hit motor transport in a wide area around Kasserine and Sbeitla. HQ 81FG and its 91 and 92FSs with P-39s transfer from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Le Kouif Airfield, Algeria reversing a move made last Wednesday. The 154OS, 68OG with A-20s transfers from Oujda, French Morocco to join its detachment at Youks-les-Bains, Algeria. Prior to WWII, the 154th was an Arkansas National Guard unit.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-24s bomb Kahili and Faisi on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s again hit shipping at Rabaul, New Britain Island. In New Guinea, A-20s continue to attack forces at the Guadagasal Saddle, Waipali, trails from Waipali to the Guadagasal Saddle and Mubo, and in the area of the Waria River mouth. B-25s pound Lae, Angari, Yangla, the Malahang landing strip, and smaller villages in the area. B-24s continue single-plane harassing strikes on shipping and airfields in coastal areas of Portugese and northeastern New Guinea and in the Solomon Sea off Cape Saint George. HQ 8FG and its 35FS P-39s and P-400s transfer from Milne Bay, New Guinea to Mareeba, Queensland, Australia.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 4 P-40s sweep Kiska Island. Six B-24s and 5 B-25s bomb the Main Camp and North Head areas of Kiska.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, fighters from Dinjan dive-bomb a bridge 10 miles (16 km) west of Myitkyina. A single span is knocked out and another damaged. B-24s again fail to damage the Myitnge Bridge. In India, more than 40 Japanese aircraft attack Dinjan Airfield; 32 intercepting P-40s claim 14 destroyed and 15 probably destroyed. The 436BS(H), 7BG(H): with B-24s transfers from Gaya, India to Bishnupur, India.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s bomb Naples harbor and Crotone during the night of 24/25 Feb. In Tunisia, B-25s attack motor transport on the Arram road. The 512th, 513th and 514BS(H), 376BG(H) with B-24s transfer from Gambut, Libya to Soluch, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb El Aouina Airfield. Fighters and A-20s hit troops and military traffic in the Thala-Kasserine-Sbeitla areas and along the Gafsa-Feriana road. Other fighters carry out widespread reconnaissance and patrol missions. British First Army and US troops of the II Corps occupy Kasserine Pass. HQ 31FG and its 307FS with Spitfire Mk Vs transfer from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Kalaa Djerda, Tunisia. The 308FS also with Spitfire Mk Vs transfers from Canrobert, Algeria to Kalaa Djerda.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s, P-40s and F4Us sweep the Kahili, Bougainville Island area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, heavy bombers continue to attack shipping, airfields, and the town area at Rabaul, New Britain Island. The airfield on Gasmata Island is also bombed. In New Guinea, A-20s again bomb and strafe forces at the Guadagasal Saddle and vicinity.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, Dinjan, India based P-40s hit a bridge northeast of Pinbaw, destroying a span and damaging other parts of the bridge.

The 492BS(H), 7BG(H) with B-24s transfers from Gaya, India to Bishnupur, India.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 37: 76 B-17s of the 1BW and 17 B-24s of the 2BW are dispatched against Bremen, Germany. The primary target is overcast so 59 B-17s and 6 B-24s attack the docks and surrounding areas of Wilhelmshaven, Germany dropping 164.25 tons of bomBSbetween 1123 and 1125 hours local. We claim 21 Luftwaffe fighters destroyed, 9 probably destroyed and 5 damaged; we lose 5 B-17s and 2 B-24s plus 1 B-24 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 14 WIA and 73 MIA. The Luftwaffe attempts air-to-air bombing by fighter aircraft and the use of parachute bombs fired by AAA.

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 82 uneventful sorties; 6 on shipping patrols and 76 on 3 missions escorting Venturas attacking Dunkirk, France. [NOTE: At this time, there were 3 squadrons flying Ventura Mk Is and Mk IIs assigned to RAF BC and based in Norfolk, England. No. 21Squadron, RAF, was based at Methwold; the other 2 squadrons, No. 464 Squadron, RAAF (RAAF), and No. 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand AF (RNZAF), were based at Feltwell.]

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40s carry out fighter-bomber mission s as ground forces maintain pressure on the enemy along the coast and on the Gabes road.

B-25s attack roads and motor transport in the Arram area during the night of 26/27 Feb.

General Bernard L. Montgomery sets 20 Mar as D-Day for an attack on the Mareth Line.

The 328th, 330th and 409BS(H), 93BG(H) cease operations from Gambut, Libya with B-24s and return to their base at Hardwick, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle assumes command of the XII Bomber Command.

In Tunisia, B-17s, with P-38 escort, attack the docks and shipping at Bizerte after RAF Wellingtons hit the same target the previous night.

Fighters hit trucks in the Pinchon-Ousseltia area and fly numerous reconnaissance missions. Colonel-General Jurgen von Arnim's 5th Panzer Army opens an offensive on a broad front toward Bedja and Medjez el Bab.

The 309FS, 31FG with Spitfire Mk Vs transfers from Youks-les-Bain, Algeria to Kalaa Djerda, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s and Navy aircraft hit Vila on Kolombangara Island during the night of 25/26 Feb.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s and B-24s bomb the airfield on Gasmata Island.

In New Guinea, A-20s hit the Buibuining-Waipali area while a single B-17 bombs the airfields at Lae and Salamaua. Other B-17s attack shipping and the airfield at Wewak and a single B-17 attacks shipping in Hixon and Open Bays.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-24s, 6 B-25s and 4 P-38s bomb and strafe the Main Camp area on Kiska Island. On the return trip, a weather aircraft flies reconnaissance and makes a bombing and strafing run on Attu Island and nearby barges with negative results.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 24 P-40s bomb and strafe Waingmaw. Direct hits are scored on a warehouse and fuel and ammunition dump.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 38: 63 B-17s of the 1BW and 15 B-24s of the 2BW are dispatched against the U-boat pens, port and naval facilities at Brest, France; 46 B-17s and 14 B-24s drop 155 tons of bombs on the target between 1455 and 1500 hours local; 2 B-24s are damaged; there are no casualties.

Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 40 uneventful sorties; 16 on shipping patrols and 24 as part of an escort for RAF Venturas bombing Dunkirk, France.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40s fly top cover, strafing, and fighter-bomber mission s against positions along the Mareth Line.

The 515BS(H), 376BG(H) with B-24s transfers from Gambut, Libya to Soluch, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia, B-17s bomb the Cagliari area and ships north of Capo d'Orlando.

In Tunisia, RAF Wellingtons hit Bizerte. Fighters fly sweeps and reconnaissance, attacking ground forces at points along the battleline, including the Medjez el Bab area where the enemy advance is being halted.

The 37FS, 55FG with P-38s arrives at La Senia, Algeria from the U.S. This squadron will become the third squadron of the 14FG when it is reassigned to the 14th on 1Mar.

The 85BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20s transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Canrobert, Algeria.

A detachment of the 111OS, 68OG with A-20s ceases operating from La Senia, Algeria and returns to its base at Oujda, French Morocco. Prior to WWII, the 111th was a Texas National Guard unit.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-40s and P-38s join Navy aircraft in an attack on small vessels off Vella Lavella Island; hits are claimed on 2 vessels.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s hit Japanese-occupied villages in the Labu area.

B-17s, operating individually, strafe a schooner off Matiu Point and bomb Finschhafen Airfield.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, reconnaissance is flown over Kiska, Buldir, Semichis, Attu, and Agattu, with negative results. Six B-24s and 6 B-25s bomb the Main Camp area on Kiska Island.

CARIBBEAN (AAF Antisubmarine Command): The 23(Anti-sub)S(M), 26(Anti-sub)W with A-29s based in Washington State begins operating from Batista Field, Cuba.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40s from Dinjan, India knock out a bridge near Kazu and bomb and strafe Nsopzup. Eight B-25s hit the Thazi railroad junction.

In China, 6 B-25s from Kunming, with fighter escort, bomb a storage area at Mangshih.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 12 uneventful patrol sorties.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, fighters and fighter-bombers hit troops, tanks, and motor transport along the Tunisian battleline southwest of Maleur, at Sidi Nsir near Pont-du-Fhas, northeast of Bedja, and in the Goubellat area. The 17BG(M) sends 9 B-26s to destroy the La Hencha Bridge between Gabes and Sfax. Their escort is jumped by Bf 109s and the bombers turn back.

HQ 325FG and it's 317th and 318FSs with P-40Fs arrive at Tafaraoui, Algeria from the U.S.

The 48FS, 14FG with P-38s transfers from Berteaux, Algeria to Mediouna, French Morocco for R&R.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38s and Navy aircraft attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island. B-24s bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and also hit Ballale Island.

Detachment B, 6NPS, 18FG with 5 P-70s begins operating from Guadalcanal. This squadron is based in Hawaii.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, a lone B-17 bombs Lae Airfield.

MARCH 1943

USAAF Star MONDAY, 1 MARCH 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, P-40s jettison their bombs when bad weather prevents a sweep over Kiska Island.

CARIBBEAN (Antilles Command, US Army): The Antilles Air Task Force is activated at San Juan, Puerto Rico under the Antilles Command, US Army. The new unit is responsible for aerial protection for the Caribbean Sea and Antilles Island chain from Florida to the South American coast.

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (Antisubmarine Command):Sometime during the month of March, the air echelon of the 9(Anti-sub)S(H) which is operating their B-18s from Edinburgh Field, Trinidad will return to its base at Miami, Florida.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 46 P-40s hit targets of opportunity in the Nsopzup area and throughout the Hukawng Valley.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s raid the harbor at Naples; 1bombs Soverato while 2 others hit Staletti and Catanzaro as targets of opportunity. AA fire is accurate and several B-24s are hit over Naples and Palmi.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): General Carl Spaatz assumes command of the 12AF in Algeria. Colonel Laurence P. Hickey becomes acting commander of the XII Fighter Command until the arrival of Brigadier General Elwood R. Quesada.

Lieutenant General John K. Cannon takes command of the Northwest African Training Command (NATC).

In Sardinia, B-17s bomb docks and shipping, also hitting railroad yards and the town area, at Cagliari.

In Tunisia, B-25s and B-26s of the Northwest African Strategic AF attack bridges and AA gun positions in the La Hencha area. Fighters escort bombers and hit ground forces in the battle areas around Sidi Nsir and Bedja. B-25s of the Northwest African Tactical AF bomb the Mateur area.

In the Mediterranean, B-26s attack a freighter NE of Bizerte, Tunisia.

The 5BW transfers from Biskra, Algeria to Chateaudun, Algeria while the 47BW moves from Chateaudun, Algeria to El Guerrah, Algeria.

The 319FS, 325FG establishes HQ at Tafaraoui, Algeria upon arrival from the U.S. The squadron is equipped with P-40s.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s bomb and strafe forces at Guadagasal and along the trails throughout the Mubo, Komiatum and Salamaua areas.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb the runway on Gasmata Island.

In the Sunda Islands of the Netherland East Indies, B-24s carry out single-plane attacks on shipping off Soemba and Soembawa Islands, and in the Solomon Sea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 2 MARCH 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, more than 20 B-24s pound targets. Seven splinter part of the Ahlone docks and destroy a nearby warehouse, 6 hit the Mahlwagon roundhouse, and 9 attack the bridge at Pazundaung, tearing up its S approach. Six B-25s, with P-40 escort, hit a camp and storage area at Lamaing while 24 B-25s, also with fighter escort, pound Myitkyina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF B-17s bomb shipping and the harbor area at Palermo.

In Tunisia, B-26s attack bridges and flak positions at La Hencha.

Northwest African Tactical AF fighters hit troops, tanks, and motor transport S of Mateur and NE of Bedja as the enemy renews an attack along the Mateur-Taberka road near Jefna.

HQ 33FG and it's 58th, 59th and 60FSs with P-40s transfer from Telergma, Algeria to Berteaux, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-40s, P-38s and a single PB4Y fly photographic reconnaissance over Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): The Battle of the Bismarck Sea begins. On 28 Feb, the Japanese had dispatched a force of 8 destroyers and 8 transports from Rabaul to reinforce their New Guinea forces; this convoy was spotted yesterday.

Today, 28 B-17s of the 43BG(H) attack in 2 waves, the first 8 B-17's sinking 1transport and claim 3 Zekes shot down. Two destroyers pick up 850 troops from this transport and land them that night at Lae, New Guinea. At dusk, 11more B-17's attack the convoy without result.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 4 P-40s sweep Kiska Island dropping demolition and fragmentation bombs.

Admiral Thomas C. Kincaid, Commanding Officer of the Alaska Defense Command, tables the Kiska Island invasion plan and substitutes an Attu Island invasion plan.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 13 B-24s bomb the Mahlwagon marshalling yard and the dock area at Rangoon. Nine others attack the Pazundaung railroad bridge but fail to knock it out. Six B-25s bomb the railroad sheds at Maymyo.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24s dispatched against Naples fail to reach the primary target. Several bomb the secondary target, Messina, while 3 bomb bridges at Bianco and Siderno Marina.

In Tunisia, P-40s fly fighter-bomber mission s along the Mareth Line as a probing attack against the British 51Division positions near Mareth is driven back. The German Afrika Korps issues a plan for a counterattack from the Mareth Line. The 83BS(H), 12BG(M) with B-25s transfers from Castel Benito, Libya to El Assa, Libya The 343BS(H), 98BG(H) with B-24s transfers from Gamut, Libya to Lete, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb docks and shipping at Tunis and shipping and a power plant at La Goulette harbor. Fighters and medium bombers of the Northwest African Tactical AF hit ground forces in the areas around Bedja, Bou Arada, and Mateur. Fighting around Bedja subsides but enemy forces take Sedjenane.

HQ 319BG(M) and it's 437th, 438th, 439th and 440BS(M) with B-26s are pulled out of combat for training and reorganization and transfer from Telergma, Algeria to Oujda, French Morocco.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): The Battle of the Bismarck Sea continues as heavy bombers are joined by medium and light bombers and fighters (US and Australian) in pounding the Japanese convoy as it moves in the Huon Gulf. After 2 RAAF Beauforts fail to score hits with torpedoes, the main attack begins with strafing runs by 13 RAAF Beaufighters. Simultaneously, 13 B-17's of the 43BG(H) sink a transport. Then they and their 28 escort P-38's are jumped by Zekes escorting the convoy; the B-17's claim 5 Zekes and the fighters (from the 9th and 39FSs) claim 15; 1 B-17 and 3 P-38's are lost. During this dogfight, 13 B-25's of the 38BG(M) and 12 B-25C gun-nosed aircraft of the 90BS (Dive) attack from 500 to 200 feet followed by 12 A-20's of the 89BS (Dive) and 6 B-25's of the 13BS (Dive); these attacks sink 2 destroyers and 3 transports. In the afternoon, 16 B-17's, 23 B-25's and 5 RAAF Bostons attack; 8 90BS sink a destroyer and 2 transport while the Boston's sink a destroyer. That night, Seventh Fleet motor torpedo (PT) boats sink the last transport. By the end of the day, all 8 transport have been sunk and Allied aircraft have destroyed 4 of the 8 destroyers and a large number of fighter aircraft covering the convoy. Dick Bong gets his 6th kill when he destroys and Oscar.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 4 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 4 P-40s fly over Kiska Island but drop no bombs due to weather.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 3 B-25s bomb the railroad facilities at Ywataung.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 39: 71 B-17s of the 1BW are dispatched against the marshalling yard at Hamm, Germany; 16 drop 40 tons of bombs on the target at 1043 hours; we claim 13 enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 probably destroyed and 4 damaged. We lose 4 B-17s and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 33 MIA. Another 28 B-17s hit the shipyards at Rotterdam, The Netherlands dropping 70 tons between 1020 and 1021hours. We claim 3 enemy aircraft destroyed; we lose 1 B-17 while 15 others are damaged; casualties are 9 MIA. This is the first 8AF attack on a Ruhr industrial target. To divert the enemy, 14 B-24s of the 2BW fly a diversion without a loss.

The Spitfire Mk Vs of the 4FG fly 26 uneventful sorties, 24 on fighter patrols and 2 on offensive patrols over the Ostend/Dunkirk, France area.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40s fly top cover missions as the British Eighth Army completes the concentration of troops and weapons in forward areas and awaits an attack which seems imminent in view of German troop movements in the mountains W of Medenine. The 344BS(H), 98BG(H): with B-24s transfers from Kabrit, Egypt to Lete, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s and B-26s fly unsuccessful missions against shipping between Tunisia and Sicily. B-17s attack a convoy NW of Bizerte, Tunisia, claiming 4 vessels sunk.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-24s hit the airfield on Ballale Island and bomb Kahili on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Allied aircraft continue to bombard remnants of the Japanese convoy in the Huon Gulf, thus ending the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a decisive victory. 5AF and (RAAF) aircraft sink 12 of 16 vessels in 3 days. This is the last enemy attempt to use large vessels to reinforce positions on the Huon Gulf. In New Guinea, A-20s hit Lae Airfield and vicinity, B-17s attack power launches off Lae. Several B-25s, a single B-17 and B-24s hit the harbor and airfield at Lae and barges off Finschhafen. In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s attack Ubili and power launches off Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 5 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 1 B-24 flies negative weather reconnaissance over Kiska, Semichis, Attu, Agattu and Buldir Islands.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, bomb the harbor at Naples during the night of 4/5 March.

All operations by the IX BC are suspended for 7 days so the crews can rest.

The 66FS, 57FG with P-40s transfers from Libya to Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF B-17s hit convoys NW of Bizerte, Tunisia while B-26s attack motor vessels between Tunisia and Sicily.

Northwest African Tactical AF fighters and medium bombers hit the Djedeida, Siki Nsir area, and ground forces in the Bedja-Mateur areas. HQ 14FG and it's 49FS with P-38s are pulled out of combat and transferred from Berteaux, Algeria to Mediuna, French Morocco. HQ 81FG transfers from Le Kouif Airfield, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Gasmata Island. In New Guinea, A-20s pound Lae Airfield while heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Lae and Alexishafen. In the Netherlands East Indies, heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Saumlakki on Yamdena Island in the Mulaccas Islands.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 6 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 1 B-24 flies uneventful reconnaissance over Kiska.

Attu, Agattu, Buldir, and the Semichis Islands.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 4 B-24's bomb shipping near Pagoda Point, scoring near misses.On the return flight, they strafe the lighthouse on Alguada Reef, a lightship off China Park, and a radio station at Diamond Island. Three B-24s intending to bomb Pazundaung bridge fail to reach the target; 1 manages to bomb the airfield at Pagoda Point. The others return to base without bombing. Six B-24s unsuccessfully attack the Myitnge bridge.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 40: 71 B-17's of the 1BombardmentWing are dispatched against the power plant, bridge and the port area at Lorient, France; 65 drop 162.5 tons on the target between 1441 and 1445 hours local. We claim 7 aircraft destroyed, 2 probably destroyed and 1 damaged; we lose 3 B-17's and 8 others are damaged; casualties are 30 MIAs.

Fifteen B-24's of the 2BW fly a diversionary mission against the a bridge and the U-boat facilities at Brest, France; all 15 drop 44.5 tons of bombs at 1416-1417 hours local. We claim 2 aircraft destroyed and 2 damaged; 3 B-24's are damaged but there are no casualties.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, 35 planes strafe and bomb installations in the Mareth Line as Rommel's expected attack in Tunisia takes place and is defeated. Four thrusts toward Medenine are repulsed by the British, and the enemy retreats after nightfall, having lost about 50 tanks.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather cancels Northwest African Strategic AF bomber missions. In Tunisia, fighters fly reconnaissance along the battle line.

HQ 47BG(L) transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Canrobert, Algeria.

HQ 301BG(H) transfers from Ain M'lila, Algeria to St-Donat, Algeria.

The 92 and 93FSs, 81FG with P-39s transfer from Le Kouif Airfield, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-24s bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville and the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s hit the Guadagasal area. Single B-24s attack shipping off Manus Island in the Admiralties and off Talasea, New Britain Island and hit the Airfield on Gasmata Island.

HQ 49FG and it's 9FS with P-38Fs transfer from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 7 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): The first flight of B-25s is brought up to Amchitka Island. This enables stepped-up raids on Kiska. Nine B-24s and 4 P-38s bomb and strafe the Chichagof Harbor area and Holtz Bay installations on Kiska. A fighter sweep, 6 B-24s, and 10 B-25s hit North Head and the Main Camp area on Kiska.

HQ 343FG transfers from Elmendorf Field, Alaska to Adak, Aleutian Islands.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 12 B-25's attack Gokteik Viaduct, causing only minor damage.

The 1TCS, 10AF transfers from Chabua, India to New Delhi, India.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25s hit shipping between Tunisia and Sicily while B-17s bomb a convoy in the Gulf of Tunis and shipping and the marshalling yard at Souase, Tunisia.

The 352BS(H) with B-17s transfers from Ain M'lila, Algeria to St-Donat, Algeria.

The 445th, 446th, 447th and 448BS(M), 321 BG(M) with B-25's arrive at Oujda, French Morocco from the U.S.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, single B-24s hit Airfields at Vila on Kolombangara Island and Kahili on Bougainville Island. Eight B-24s bomb Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s attack the Guadagasal area and barges offshore; B-25s bomb Toeal. Single B-24s attack a ship NW of Madang and bomb Salamaua.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24s bomb Gasmata Island, and Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 8 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: (HQ, USAAF): The Committee of Operations Analysts, composed of military and civilian members. submits to General Henry (Hap) Arnold a report attempting to set forth industrial objectives. the destruction of which would weaken Germany most decisively in the shortest time. This report, which lists German the aircraft industry as first priority. is the basis for much of Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) Plan.

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): The 344FS, 343FG with P-40's transfers from Ft. Randall, Alaska to Ft. Glenn, Alaska.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 12 B-25s strike at the Myitnge bridge and AA positions. Results are poor. Four B-24s bomb Bassein docks. P-40s hit military targets near Pebu and Wan-hat.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 41: 67 B-17's of the 1BW and 16 B-24's of the 2BW are dispatched against the marshalling yard at Rouen, France. Thirteen B-24's drop 39 tons of bombs on the target at 1402-1403 hours local; we claim 14 aircraft destroyed, 3 probably destroyed and 3 damaged; we lose 2 B-24's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 3 others are damaged; casualties are 5 KIA, 3 WIA and 17 MIA. 54 B-17's hit the target at 1430 hours dropping 134.75 tons of bombs; they claim 14 enemy aircraft destroyed, 1probably destroyed and 5 damaged; we lose 2 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 8 WIA and 20 MIA. The bomb run over Rouen is considerably disrupted by the well-executed attack of fighters which down 2 bombers including the lead aircraft. This action is preceded by an earlier wave of German fighters which occupy the fighter escort while the second wave attacks the bombers

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 314FS, 324FG with P-40s transfers from El Kabrit, Egypt to Libya and is attached to the 57FG to gain experience.

The 434BS(M), 12BG(M) with B-25's transfers from Castel Benito, Libya to El Assa, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17s and B-25s attack shipping between Tunisia and Sicily, claiming the destruction or the heavy damage of several motor vessels.

In Tunisia, other B-17s hit shipping and marshalling yard at Sousse.

P-38s escort the bomb missions. Fighters of the Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fly several reconnaissance and patrol missions along the Tunisian British First Army battlefront while Western Desert AF P-40s and Spitfires hit the rear of columns attacking Medenine from the west.

The 2d, 4th and 5FSs, 52FG with Spitfire Mk Vs transfer from Telergma, Algeria to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

The 32d, 353and 419BS(H), 301BG(H) with B-17's transfer from Ain M'lila, Algeria to St-Donat, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, airfields at Munda on New Georgia Island and Vila on Kolombangara Island are again hit by light B-24 raids.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, heavy bombers, operating individually, hit occupied areas in the SE coastal region of NW New Guinea and also strike at Saumlakki and Babo.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 9 MARCH 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-24s, 10 B-25s, 12 P-38s and 4 P-40s attack Kiska Island. The P-40s and 6 of the B-25s return to base due to bad weather; the other bombers bomb the Main Camp area, North Head and the submarine base.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 32FS, 36FG with P-36s, P-39s and P-40s transfers from Arecibo, Puerto Rico to Hato Field, Curacao with detachments operating from Dakota Field, Aruba and Losey Field, Puerto Rico.

The detachments of the 51FS, 32FG at Salinas, Ecuador and Talora, Peru return to their base at Seymour Island in the Galapagos Islands.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40s hit the town area and bridge at Mogaung. Many fires are started and the bridge is severely damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 57FG and it's 65FS with P-40's transfer from Libya to Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Bad weather cancels Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) operations and restricts other commands to reconnaissance, patrol, and transport missions.

HQ 52FG transfers from Telergma, Algeria to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

The 1(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W with B-24's, transfers from St. Eval, England to Port Lyautey, French Morocco.

The 347FS, 350FG with P-39s transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Orleansville, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 3 B-24s bomb the airfields at Munda, New Georgia Island; Kahili, Bougainville Island; and Ballale Island.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a reconnaissance airplane is attacked by 5 enemy aircraft. The Kiska attack mission is flown by 10 B-25s, 6 B-24s, 12 P-38s (4 of them flying top cover), and 1F-5A. Eight of the P-38s strafe ground installations; the B-25s bomb a radar site and pound North Head, silencing AA fire; the B-24s hit the Main Camp area. Four Amchitka-based P-40s bomb the submarine base.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, heavy bombers strike the Rangoon area at 2 points. Five B-24s hit the Pazundaung bridge; 4 others pound runways, buildings. and revetments at Mingaladon Airfield. After the attack, several fighters attack the flight. The heavy bombers claim 3 shot down. The China Air Task Force (CATF) is is absorbed by the 14AF (see below).

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, the 14AF is activated at Kunming assigned to U.S. Army Forces, China-Burma-India Theater. This new AF is responsible for all USAAF units in China; Major General Claire L. Chennault is named Commanding General.

P-40s from Kunming fly armored reconnaissance into Burma, crossing the Salween River and covering areas SW of Lashio.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 4FG flies 32 uneventful sorties during the day, 14 in P-47's. Aircraft-to-aircraft communication proves impossible because of VHF radio malfunctions in the Thunderbolts.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Egypt, the flight echelon of the 340BG(M): begins arriving.

The 64FS, 57FG with P-40's transfers from Libya to Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb El Aouins Airfield and La Marsa landing ground, destroying several parked airplanes and hit the town of Gafsa. Fighters escort the B-17's and carry out numerous reconnaissance missions.

The 93FS, 81FG with P-39s transfers from Berteaux, Algeria to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17s bomb the airfield and shipping at Wewak. Single heavy bombers attack shipping off New Guinea.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 11 MARCH 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): A detachment of the 23FS, 36FG with P-39's and P-40's begins operating from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 7 B-25s bomb the Myitnge bridge, causing little damage.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, B-26s attack a convoy between Tunisia and Sicily.

B-25s in the area carry out no attacks on vessels.

In Tunisia, fighters escort medium bombers and attack guns, vehicles, and tanks in the Sedjenane, Jefna, and Bedja areas.

HQ 31FG and it's 307th, 308th and 309FSs with Spitfire Mk V's transfer from Kalaa Djerda, Tunisia to Thelepte, Tunisia.

The 2(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W with B-24's transfers from St. Eval, England to Port Lyautey, French Morocco.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): HQ 18FG transfers from Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii to Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands and is reassigned from the 7AF to 13AF.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s bomb and strafe Vickers Ridge and the Guadagasal area. Single B-24s attack Finschhafen.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24s bomb the airfield at Rabaul on New Britain Island while single B-24s attack Cape Gloucester and Powell Point.

Dick Bong gets his 7th and 8th kills when he shoots down 2 Oscars.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 12 MARCH 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 12 Amchitka-based P-40s scout Kiska Island.

The 54FS, 343FG with P-38's transfers from Adak Island to Amchitka Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 3BS(H), 6BG(H) with B-24's and LB-30's transfers from the Galapagos Islands to David, Panama.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24s attack Pazundaung bridge, causing negligible damage.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): The 74FS, 23FG with P-40's transfers from Kunming, China to Yunnani, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 42: 72 B-17's are dispatched by the 1 BW against the Rouen-Sotteville marshalling yard; 63 drop 156.5 tons of bombs on the target between 1241 and 1244 hours local. There are no losses and no claims on this mission; good fighter escort is a major factor in this no-loss mission. Eighteen B-24's of the 2BW fly a diversionary mission with no losses or claims.

The 4FG flies 43 sorties in their Spitfire Mk V's; 41are flown on a flighter sweep and 1Spitfire is shot down near St. Omer, France; the pilot is listed as MIA; we claim 2 enemy aircraft damaged. The other 2 sorties were shipping patrols.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 79FG transfers from Libya to Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-17s bomb the docks and marshalling yards at Sousse. B-26s pound supply dumps and score near misses on bridges at Enfidaville, while B-25s bomb shipping between Tunisia and Sicily. Fighters escort the bombers and carry out attacks on ground targets, destroying several vehicles in the Pichon area and south of Pont-du-Fahs. RAF Wellingtons bomb the Tunis docks during the night of 12/13 March.

The 321BG(M) and it's 445th, 446th, 447th and 448BS(M) with B-25's transfer from Oujda, French Morocco to Ain M'lila, Algeria. The squadrons will enter combat on next Monday and TUESDAY.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, airfields at Munda, New Georgia Island; Ballale Island; and Kahili, Bougainville are again hit by light B-24 raids. P-38's destroy small a vessel off NE coast of Rendova Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20s attack the Guadagasal Gap area and Salamaua Airfield.

In the Celebes, B-24s and B-25s attack shipping at Amboina on Ambon Island and bomb Fuiloro on Timor.

On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb Rabaul Airfield while individual B-24s hit a wreck off Talasea and bomb Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 13 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a B-24 on reconnaissance returns early because of adverse weather. Twelve P-40s strike the Kiska Island beach, camp and runway. Hits are observed on these targets and among 14 parked airplanes. Eight P-38s with 8 P-40s flying top cover again take off for Kiska. Only 3 of the P-38s reach the target and strafe aircraft on the beach. Another sights a submarine SW of Rat Island.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 4 B-24s attack and slightly damage the Pazundaung bridge.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 43: 80 B-17's of the 1BW are dispatched against the marshalling yard at Amiens, France; 44 bomb the marshalling yard while 31 hit targets of opportunity. A total of 223.5 tons of bombs are dropped between 1515-1517 hours local. We claim 2 enemy fighters destroyed and 2 damaged; 11 B-17's are damaged and 6 men WIA. Sixteen B-24's of the 2BW fly a diversion without loss.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Lieutenant General Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General 9AF, directs that Headquarters Desert Air Task Force be redesignated Advance Headquarters, 9AF, and that the USAAF tactical units with the HQ be designated Desert Air Task Force (DATF). In Italy, B-24s bomb Naples harbor through heavy clouds. In Tunisia, 34 P-40s of the 57FG fly top cover and fighter sweep, and engage about 25 Bf 109 fighters in combat; we claim 4 destroyed; we lose 4 including 3 pilots. The 7TCS, 62TCG, based at Nouvion, Algeria with C-47's, begins operating from bases in Egypt and Palestine. The 85th, 86th and 87FSs, 79FG with P-40's transfer from Landing Ground 150, Libya to Causeway Landing Ground in Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): B-25s are sent against shipping NE of Bizerte, Tunisia but fail to locate the target. Fighters hit positions and movement in the Mareth Line area, and fly patrols and reconnaissance.

HQ XII Air Support Command transfers from Algeria to Tunisia.

The 154OS, 68OG with P-39's and P-51's transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Thelepte, Algeria. The 154th is an ex-Arkansas National Guard outfit.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island and Munda Airfield on New Georgia are again attacked by B-24s in light raids. Also bombed is Faisi Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17s bomb the airfield and shipping at Wewak.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, a B-l7 bombs the airfield on Gasmata Island and warehouses on Wide Bay, while a B-24 attack shipping off Netherlands New Guinea.

HQ 54TCW is activated at Brisbane, Australia to control all 5AF troop carrier units.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 14 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): HQ 28th Composite Group transfers from Elmendorf Field, Alaska to Adak Island.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 4 B-24s bomb the Moulmein docks. Eight B-25s hit the oftbombed Gokteik Viaduct but the structure remains serviceable.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy during the night of 13/14 Mar, RAF Liberators under the operational control of the IX BC hit the harbor at Naples.

In Tunisia during the day, fighters fly cover and sweep over the battle area. The 85th and 87FSs of the 79FG fly their first combat mission when 12 P-40's escort 11 B-25's on a mission against the Mareth Line.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather cancels all missions except Northwest African Tactical AF fighter reconnaissance in the Enfidaville-Sfax area and between Tunisia and Sicily.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17s and B-24s bomb Wewak, Tring, and Madang.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-17s bomb Gasmata Island, and strafe a vessel off Talasea, AA positions at Cape Gloucester, and Finschhafen Airfield. A lone B-24 bombs Dili on Timor.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 15 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-25s, with 4 P-38s flying top cover, bomb North Head on Kiska Island, hitting the Main Camp and gun emplacements. Six B-24s with 4 P-38s for top cover then bomb Main Camp. Revetments and the hangar area are strafed by the P-38s one of which is lost to AA. Next, 5 B-24s and 16 P-38s bomb and strafe the Main Camp area and North Head. Four P-40s then unsuccessfully search for 3 enemy fighters which had earlier attacked a weather plane. Main Camp is hit two more times, by 3 B-25s and by 8 P-38s.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25s bomb the Gokteik Viaduct and 8 others attack Myitnge.

Neither target suffers effective damage. Eight fighter-bombers damage the bridge at Kadrangyang.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 12 B-25's bomb the power plant and railroad yards at Luo Kay.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25s, escorted by P-40's of 79FG (the group's first operation in the theater), bomb Zarat. Fighters also fly strafing and bombing raids against ground targets.

The 81 and 82BS(H), 12BG(M) with B-25's transfer from Berteaux, Algeria to Canrobert, Algeria.

These 9AF units are TDY to the Northwest African AF.

The 316FS, 324FG with P-40's transfers from El Kabrit, Egypt to Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26s, with fighter escort, attack the landing pound at Mezzouna. B-25's follow with an attack on the same target. Fighters of the Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fly tactical reconnaissance over the battle area as the units of the US II Corps prepare to attack east from the Gafsa area.

In the Mediterranean, B-17s, with fighter escort, hit shipping off Northern Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): Single B-17s hit Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island and Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island. P-38's strafe the airfield at Viru.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s and 4 P-38s, along with RAAF aircraft, bomb shipping at Dobo and Wokam.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s, on single-plane flights bomb Gasmata Island and Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 16 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 16 B-25s, 13 B-24s, 8 P-40s and 32 P-38s (cover/escort): sorties are flown to Kiska Island in one weather reconnaissance and 2 attack missions from Adak Island, and in 3 more missions from Amchitka Island. Targets hit are North Head, the Main Camp area, radar sites, and the submarine base. On the last Amchitka mission 1enemy floatplane is shot down and 2 more are probables. Four heavy bombers are hit and 1 B-25 does not return.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24s damage the approaches to the Pazundaung bridge.

Eight B-25s attack the Myitnge bridge, scoring at least 2 hits, but the structure remains intact. P-40's hit positions north of Sumprabum.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, P-40s strafe the Mong Yaw storage area and docks, warehouse area, and rail-river terminal (for phosphate mines) at Lao Kay.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40s fly fighter-bomber operations against enemy positions as British ground forces prepare to conduct limited attacks as a preliminary to the main assault against the Mareth Line.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, B-17s attack shipping between Tunisia and Sicily, leaving 2 small vessels aflame. Weather prevents completion of other bomber operations. In Tunisia, fighters fly reconnaissance and patrols but bad weather hides enemy ground activity.

The 346th and 348BS(H), 99BG(H) with B-17's arrive at Navarin, Algeria from the U.S. The squadrons will fly their first Mission on 31 March.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s and B-24s on harassing raids bomb Kahili, Vila, and Ballale Airfields.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s bomb Lae.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17s bomb Rapopo airstrip and attack Ubili, a sub off Cape Turner, the town of Marienberg, and the Cape Gloucester area.

B-24's unsuccessfully attack cargo ships between Bitsjaroe Bay and Fak Fak.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH 1943 (ST. PATRICK'S DAY):

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 8 P-38s patrol Kiska Island without making contacts.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25s again attack the bridge at Myitnge, damaging the northern approach. Fourteen P-40s hit bridges at Kadrangyang and northeast of Myitkyina and the motor pool at Hpunkizup. The motor pool suffers considerable damage.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 44: 78 B-17's of the 1BW are dispatched against the Rouen-Sotteville marshalling yard. Due to bad weather, the aircraft are recalled before they leave England. 28 B-24's of the 2BW are dispatched on a diversionary mission over the North Sea but are also recalled. The 506BS(H), 44BG(H): with B-24's arrives at Shipdham, England from the U.S.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40s fly scramble and fighter-bomber operations as British ground forces continue local operations in preparation for the assault on the Mareth Line.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather cancels Northwest African Strategic AF bomber (NASAF) operations.

Tactical fighters and light bombers fly numerous armed reconnaissance missions and sweeps over Sedjenane, Cap Serrat, and the Sidi Nsir area and attack ground forces east of Gafsa in preparation for the allied assault.

The US II Corps opens an offensive to the east from the Gafsa area after air and artillery preparation.

Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) aircraft continue coastal and sea patrols.

The 37FS, 14FG with P-38's transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Mediouna, French Morocco.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17s continue harassing raids against Vila, Kahili, and Ballale.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25s bomb Langgoer.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 18 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, taking off from Adak Island, 6 B-24's bomb the Main Camp area, 6 B-25's bomb North Head, and 12 P-38's fly top cover and strafing attacks. Twelve Amchitka-based P-38's then blast the Kiska runway and Main Camp area, starting fires. At Amchitka, the 54FS is reinforced by several F-5A's.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 16 P-40's bomb and strafe the stronghold of Seniku, claiming a high enemy casualty rate. Seven others attack Nalong. Sixteen B-24's bomb the Pazundaung bridge, causing considerable damage to the structure. Eight B-25's damage the Myitnge bridge; 8 other B-25's hit AA positions in the Myitnge general area.

A detachment of the 9(Photo)S(L), 10AF begins operating from Dinjan, India.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 45: 76 B-17's of the 1BW and 27 B-24's of the 2BW are dispatched against the submarine yards at Vegesack, Germany; 73 B-17's and 24 B-24's drop 268 tons of bombs on the target at 1531-1535 local. Seven U-boat hulls appear severely damaged. This mission marks the first successful combat use of automatic flight control linked with bombsights. Our claims are 52-20-23; we lose 1 B-17 and 1 B-24; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair; 9 B-17's and 14 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 16 WIA and 20 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's, escorted by P-40's, bomb the harbor at Naples.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather cancels operations of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) bombers.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters fly sweeps and reconnaissance over the Sidi Nsir-Sedjenane-Medjez el Bab areas and attack a railway station, other buildings, railroad sidings, and motor transport at Temara.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): HQ 307BG(H) and it's 370th and 424BS(H) with B-24's transfer from the Territory of Hawaii to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Both squadrons has been operating from Espirtu Santo since 6 Feb.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's pound the town of Madang.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-17's strafe a launch at Talasea and barges northeast of Cape Gloucester, while a lone B-24 bombs Timoeka and Langgoer.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 19 MARCH 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): All missions are cancelled due to weather except local fighter patrols. HQ XI BC is activated on Adak Island.

USAAF ANTISUBMARINE COMMAND The 19(Anti-sub)S(H) with B-24's arrives at Gander Lake, Newfoundland from the U.S.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25's score 4 direct hits on the bridge at Myitnge, rendering it unserviceable. A single P-40 uses a 1,000-lb bomb against the bridge near Mogaung in a test to see if the fighter can carry such "blockbusters" and deliver them effectively. Despite negligible damage, suffered by the target, both the carrying and releasing of the bomb are considered successful.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 12 B-25's, with an escort of 6 P-40's, bomb the power plant and railroad yards at Lao Kay. The P-40's strafe the target area and a barracks s few miles down the Red River.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Colonel Uzal G. Ent assumes command of the IX BC, replacing Colonel Hugo P Rush. Ent AFB, Colorado was named for Col. Ent.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Landing grounds are non-operational due to continued bad weather.

Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) cancel missions. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) aircraft fly routine patrols.

The Northwest African Troop Carrier Command (Provisional), consisting of the 5lst Troop Carrier Wing and its subordinate units, which are transferred from the XII AF Service Command, is activated. Colonel Ray A. Dunn is acting Commanding Officer.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's and B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Kahili and Ballale Airfields.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's pound forces in the Mubo area while B-25's bomb a submarine and barges in Lae harbor.

In the Moluccas, B-24's hit Amboina.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-17's strike Arawe, Gasmata, Cape Gloucester, barges off Cape Gauffre and a cargo boat at Lorengau.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 20 MARCH 1943

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 7 B-25's again attack the Myitnge bridge, inflicting little additional damage to the structure.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): HQ 308BG(H) and it's 373d, 374th, 375th and 425BS(H) with B-24's arrive in China from the U.S. The 308th and 425th are based at Kunming; the 373at Yangkai; and the 374th and 375th at Chengkung. The four squadrons will fly their first combat mission on 4 May.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's bomb the Mareth area. AA is intense and all medium bombers suffer hits. P-40's escort bombers and carry out fighter-bomber and top cover operations as British ground troops open the assault on positions with infantry and artillery. The British 30 Corps gains a bridgehead across the Oued Zigzaou.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) is formed under the Northwest African Tactical AF with a small combined HQ which has under it the 47BG(L), the RAF 326 Wing, and air echelons of 2 squadrons of the 12BG(M) which are attached for operational control. B-26's and B-25's launch consecutive attacks against the landing ground at Djebel Tebaga. Fighters fly escort and carry out numerous reconnaissance missions as the British Eighth Army opens an assault on the Mareth Line. In the Mediterranean, B-25's bomb shipping between Tunisia and Sicily.

HQ XII Fighter Command transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Algiers, Algeria.

A detachment of the 59FS, 33FG based at Berteaux, Algeria with P-40's begins operating from Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons during the night of 19/20 Mar, 42 Navy and Marine aircraft lay mines off the Bougainville coast in the Buin-Tonolai area while 18 B-17's and B-24's pound Kahili Airfield in a diversionary strike. This mission inaugurates mine-laying operations by aircraft in the South Pacific (SOPAC).

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb Langgoer and Kaimana. The landing strip at Finschhafen and the harbor area at Salamaua are bombed by single B-24's.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 21 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 13 B-24's, 9 B-25's, 50 P-38's, 16 P-4O's, and 2 F-5A's fly 8 bombing and strafing missions to Kiska Island. Some of the mission s abort due to weather. The others hit the Main Camp area, while 2 P-40's make no contact when trying to intercept reported enemy aircraft.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 15 B-24's pound the Gokteik Viaduct, causing considerable damage to the structure. Six other B-24's, unable to bomb the viaduct due to haze and clouds, attack the previously damaged bridge at Myitnge. P-40's again dive-bomb targets in the Mogaung area, using 1,000-pound bombs for the second time. Three of the fighters bomb the town area, causing heavy destruction over 2 blocks. Three others attack the bridge south of town, claiming damaging hits in the area. Others attack targets of opportunity in northern Indochina.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, P-40's strafe the Lao Kay phosphate mine area and targets of opportunity in the vicinity.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy during the night of 20/21 MARCH, B-24's attack the harbor and surrounding area of Naples, hitting a vessel, the city area, and in the vicinity of the railroad yards.

In Tunisia, B-25's bomb targets, including a highway, in the Gabes area.

They are escorted by almost 100 P-40's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia during the night of 20/21 MARCH, RAF Wellingtons bomb the docks at Ferryville. On the morning of 21Mar, B-17's, with P-38 escort, attack the landing grounds at Djebel Tebaga, and Mezzouna. Elements of the US 1st Armored Division push toward Maknassy, placing it under artillery fire in preparation for the assault on the town.

The 35TCS, 64TCG which has been operating it's C-47's from Telergma, Algeria returns to its base at Blida, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, a B-24 claims a direct hit on a cargo vessel ESE of Cape Gloucester. Other isolated attacks on shipping are unsuccessful.

The 80FS, 8FG with P-38F's transfers from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 22 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-25's, 12 B-24's and 22 P-38's attempt 3 missions to Kiska Island. Only 8 of the P-40's get through but fly uneventful patrol.

The 404BS(H), 28th Composite Group with B-24's transfers from Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Alaska to Adak Island.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 17 B-25's, operating in 2 forces, bomb the Gokteik Viaduct. Several damaging hits are scored on the base and structure. Seven B-25's pound the Thazi rail junction. Considerable damage is caused to warehouses, yards, sidings, tracks, and rolling stock.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, P-40's again strafe the phosphate mine area at Lao Kay.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 46: 76 B-17's and 26 B-24's are dispatched against the U-boat yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany; 69 B-17's and 15 B-24's drop 224 tons of bombs on the target at 1501-1510 hours local. We claim 28-9-9; we lose 1 B-17 and 2 B-24's; 12 B-17's and 10 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 18 WIA and 32 MIA.

The 452BS(H), 322BG(M): with B-26's transfers from Rattlesden to Rougham, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy during the night of 21/22 Mar, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX BC, bomb Naples.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit the Gabes area, bombing a road junction, motor transport, and troop concentrations. P-40's fly 5 escort missions during the day. British ground forces, after expanding the Oued Zigzaou bridgehead during 21/22 Mar, are severely handicapped by heavy rain. The enemy counter-attacks and forces 50 Division to give ground.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Atlantic, German submarine U-524, is sunk north of the Canary Islands at 3O-15N 18-13W, by aircraft of 1(Anti-sub)S(H).

In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons hit the landing ground near Sfax during the night of 21/22 March. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters fly numerous reconnaissance and patrol missions while A-20's bomb Mezzouna and fighter-bombers hit motor transport and tanks in the northern Tunisian battle area. In the Mediterranean, B-26's on a sea sweep attack vessels near Zembra Island. In Sicily, B-17's bomb shipping in the harbor at Palermo.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's strafe the Rekata Bay area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, heavy bombers pound the Gasmata Airfield. In New Guinea, in single-plane strikes, heavy bombers attack Finschhafen, Lae and Madang. In the Admiralty Islands, in single-plane strikes, heavy bombers attack the harbor at Lorengau on Manus Island. The 400BS(H), 90BG(H): with B-24's transfers from Iron Range, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 23 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather grounds all missions except the weather reconnaissance flight and an unsuccessful intercept attempt of an enemy reconnaissance airplane by 2 P-40's.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb barracks, warehouse, railroad tracks, and the airfield at Meiktila.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, P-40's strafe the operations building at Dong Cuong and hit troop trucks between Tuyen Quang and Ha Giang.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's bomb Messina, concentrating on the ferry slip.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit the Mareth area. P-40's fly fighter-bomber operations and bomber escort over the battle area as the British 50 Division withdraws from the Oued Zigzaou bridgehead under cover of artillery fire.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia during the night of 22/23 March, RAF Wellingtons hit El Maou Airfield near Sfax. During the day, B-17's bomb shipping in Bizerte harbor. Fighters fly reconnaissance and patrol, bomb and strafe trucks, tanks, and troops near Bir Zallujah, hit tanks and trucks east of Mezzouna and Maknassy, and east of El Guettar, where the enemy ground forces are making thrusts toward the town.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's thoroughly pound the airfields in the Rabaul area and strafe a vessel off Cape Gazelle.

Single B-24s attack Gasmata Airfield.

In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe forces in the Mubo area and at the mouth of the Bitoi River. B-25's strafe targets of opportunity in the Salamaua, Labu Lagoon and Nadzab areas, and at the mouth of the Markham River. Single B-24's attack Lorengau harbor and the airfield at Salamaua.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 24 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 10 B-24's, 3 B-25's, and 12 P-38's fly 5 attack missions to Kiska Island. North Head runway and the Main Camp area are bombed.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 23 B-24'a and 2 B-17's (the B-17's attack from 50 feet): attack the bridge at Myitnge but fail to score damaging hits. Eight B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Maymyo.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack the ferry installations at Messina. Direct hits are scored in the target area and adjacent railroad yards and naval oil and storage tanks are set afire. Just before midnight, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX BC, blast the docks at Messina.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit Zarat. P-40's fly an escort, armed reconnaissance, and strafing mission.

The British Eighth Army prepares to assault the west flank of the Mareth Line.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's hit shipping and the the dock area at Ferryville. B-26's bomb the La Smala des Souassi landing ground and B-25's hit the Djebel Tebaga North landing ground. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's and B-25's hit troop concentrations near El Guettar (where the US 1Infantry Division is under attack) and the landing ground at Djebel Tebaga. Fighters escort bombers and strafe ground forces along the battleline.

HQ 68OG and it's 16th and 122OSs transfer from Oujda, French Morocco to Berrechid, French Morocco. The 16th and 122d, with P-38's, P-39's, P-40's and Spitfires, begin training fighter pilots.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's and Navy dive-bombers hit the Airfield at Kahili.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit Langgoer and Faan.

B-25's and B-17's, operating individually, attack shipping in the Netherlands East Indies and airfields and targets of opportunity at Gasmata and Mubo.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 25 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a weather airplane take photos of Holtz Bay and Chichapof Harbor. Fourteen B-24's, 3 B-25's, 12 P-38's, and 2 P-40's fly 4 missions to Kiska Island. The targets include the beach, runway, hangar area, North Head, the Main Camp and submarine base.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Maymyo for the second consecutive day. Considerable damage is done although the main shed is not hit.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's, in the early daylight hours, bomb installations in the Mareth area. P-40's attack motor transport, tanks, and communications targets in the battle area. During the night of 25/26 Mar heavy, medium and light bombers blast forces gathering in the El Hamma area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the docks and shipping at Sousse. B-25's hit the Djebel Tebaga landing ground. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters fly numerous patrols, sweeps, and reconnaissance flights over the battle areas.

Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) bombers hit the Djebel Tebaga Airfield and motor transport west of Sfax and Sousse during the night of 24/25 March). XII Air Support Command medium bombers and fighters hit Djebel Tebaga Airfield, vehicles near Gabes, Mezzouna, Maknassy, and at several other points in the battle area.

The 416BS(H), 99BG(H): with B-17's arrives at Navarin, Algeria from the U.S. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 31Mar.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's pound Rabaul. Single B-17s hit Gasmata and Ubili.

In the Moluccas, B-24s hit shipping, the wharf and town area at Amboina.

In New Guinea, single B-17's hit Lae.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 26 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a reconnaissance aircraft covers Attu, Agattu, Semichi and Alaid where a cabin is strafed. Upon report of Navy contacts with enemy surface force (Battle of Komandorskies), 13 B-24's, 11 B-25's and 8 P-38's are ordered to hit the enemy, reported 150 mi (240 km) west of Cape Wrangell (Attu). Because of mechanical failures and weather, airplanes cannot take off until 6 hours after the surface force is sighted. Thus, Japanese ships have fled when aircraft arrive at the interception point. Some of the returning B-25's bomb a radar site, hangar, and Main Camp area on Kiska.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24's mine the Rangoon River during the night of 26/27 Mar.

Six others fly a diversion raid on the city of Rangoon, scoring hits on Mingaladon Airfield, between the central railroad station and Pazundaung Creek, and in the Syriam area.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's attack the Mareth area, dropping over 28.5 tons of bombs during 2 strikes. P-40's fly fighter-bomber and strafing missions, destroying or damaging over 50 military transport vehicles, tanks, and gun emplacements. Intense ground fire downs several US fighters. Following the aerial bombardment, Allied ground forces renew their assault on the Mareth Line.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-25's bomb the Grombalia area. Other B-25's and B-17's of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) fail to complete missions because of weather. P-39's destroy several trucks in the Maknassy-Mezzouna area. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and light and medium bombers bomb a fuel dump at Oudref, roads and a railway near Cekhira, docks at Sfax, and the airfield at Djebel Tebaga. Fighters strafe vehicles during armored reconnaissance between Faid and Gabes.

The 347BS(H), 99BG(H) with B-17's arrives at Navarin, Algeria from the U.S. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 31Mar.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Gilbert Islands, B-24's bomb the airfield on Nauru Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's attack shipping, the harbor and town area at Wewak.

A-20's pound forces and targets of opportunity in the Mubo, Malahang, and Salamaus area. A single B-l7 bombs Finschhafen and unsuccessfully attacks a ship E of Talasea

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 27 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 7 B-24's from Adak and 6 Amchitka-based B-25's attempt unsuccessfully to attack naval targets. From Amchitka, 1 B-25 and 6 P-38's (of which 1turns back with mechanical trouble) provide cover for US surface force until 1300 hours local. Six P-38's and 1 B-l7 depart Adak for a second cover mission, but do not find the surface force.

A detachment of the 11FS, 343FG based on Adak with P-40's begins operating from Amchitka Island.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 46FS, 15FG with P-39's transfers from Hilo Field, Territory of Hawaii to Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 5 B-24's mine the Rangoon River for the second consecutive night.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters attack machinegun installations NE of Maknassy and a train at Mezzouna, and hit Djebel Naimia. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) fighters on patrol claim several aircraft shot down. Weather prevents completion of an antishipping sweep by North African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39's join Navy aircraft in an attack on Vila Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit Lae and Salamaua. B-24s attack the harbor and shipping at Bogia.

In the Moluccas, B-24s bomb Saumlakki.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 28 MARCH 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 47: 79 B-17's and 24 B-24's are dispatched against the Rouen-Sotteville, France marshalling yard. The B-24's are recalled at 1245 due to bad weather; 70 B-17s drop 209 tons of bombs on the target at 1249-1250 hours. We claim 5-4-1; we lose 1 B-17 and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 10 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's launch a fighter-bomber attack against El Hamma, which the enemy has held as an escape corridor through which troops have been withdrawing during the night of 27/28 Mar.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, weather again prevents completion of Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25 shipping strike. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters attack trucks south of Maknassy and near Gabes, hit gun positions and tanks near Mezzouna, where fierce ground fighting is taking place, and fly patrols and reconnaissance throughout the battle areas of Tunisia. Bombers hit roads, railroads, and military transport in the Sousse and Sfax areas during the night of 28/29 Mar.

HQ 51TCW transfers from Algiers, Algeria to La Senia, Algeria.

HQ 82FG and it's 95th and 97FSs with P-38's transfer from Telergma, Algeria to Berteaux, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, the last remaining personnel of the battle-weary 11BG(H) with B-17's leave SOPAC to return to Hawaii.

P-38's and F4U's hit the seaplane bases at Poporang and Shortland, claiming 8 aircraft destroyed, and attack a destroyer east of Shortland Island, leaving it listing.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, medium and heavy bombers on individual missions attack Langgoer, Dobo, Gasmata, and barges and a small boat off Finschhafen and Kerema.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 29 MARCH 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 7 heavy and medium bombers, with fighter escort, bomb and strafe the Kiska runway and nearby Main Camp area. Heavy AA fire damages 6 bombers and 2 P-38's.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 29BS(H), 40BG(H) with A-17's transfers from Aguadulce, Panama to Anton, Panama.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 4 B-24's bomb shipping and dock area at Tavoy. Nine B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad yards, 7 P-40's blast possible Japanese HQ north of Maingkwan. Eight others pound positions WNW of Sumprabum.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In Burma, P-40's strafe trucks at Bhamo and fuel drums at Chefang, China.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's attack Sfax and El Maou area, scoring hits on several parked aircraft. P-40's fly escort and fighter-bomber mission s as British ground forces pursue the enemy north through Gabes. The British Eighth Army completes the occupation of the Mareth Line.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 486th, 487th, 488th and 489BS(M) with B-25's arrive at El Kabrit, Egypt from the U.S. The group will fly it's first Mission on 6 Apr.

The 315FS, 324FG with P-40's arrives at El Kabrit, Egypt from the U.S.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather cancels all Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF): operations.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters bomb and strafe a truck column south of Djebel Chemsi, a troop concentration near Mezzouna, and vehicles at other points along the Tunisian battlefront.

The 4TCS, 62TCG with C-47's transfers from Casablanca, French Morocco to Nouvion, Algeria.

The 84BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20's transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Canrobert, Algeria.

The 92FS, 81FG with P-39's transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Youks-les-Bains, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's and B-24's pound Buin and Kahili. P-38's strafe a seaplane base at Faisi.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, a lone B-l7 bombs the Gasmata Airfield while another attacks the Mur-Weber Point area.

Dick Bong gets his 9th kill when he shoots down a Doris (???).

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 30 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 missions are dispatched against Kiska and Attu Islands. From Adak, 6 B-24's, 6 B-25's, and 4 P-38's are over Kiska at 1200 hours local but cannot bomb due to weather. Four B-24's, 4 P-38's, and 2 F-5A's then bomb the runway at Attu. Next, 5 B-24's and 4 P-38's bomb the Main Camp; intense AA fire downs 1 B-24. From Amchitka, 4 P-38's bomb Little Kiska. Next, 4 P-38's bomb Kiska through the overcast, followed by 6 B-25's bombing and strafing radar, radio installations, Main Camp, runway, and personnel.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 5 B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad yards, scoring hits on machine shops, sheds, and tracks. Sixteen P-40's hit targets of opportunity at Npyentawng, Wuja, and Mohnyin.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, P-40's strafe 8 locomotives southwest of Lashio, exploding 3 of them.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, 3 B-24's sent to bomb the Messina ferry slip are unable to rendezvous because of bad weather; 1 B-24 bombs the Crotone chemical factory, hitting the center of the factory area, warehouses, and rail facilities. RAF Liberators sent against the same target return without bombing.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit the landing ground at Sfax, scoring direct hits on 4 aircraft. P-40's fly escort missions. British ground forces make contact with the enemy's new line along Oued el Akarit.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather halts all Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) missions except fighter reconnaissance.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters bomb the area northeast of Oued Zarga, attack tanks, trucks, and troops southeast of Slourhin, at Djebel ben Kheir, at Djebel Chemsi, near El Ayacha and El Avoua, along the El Guettar-Mahares road, and in the El Agahea area. A-20's bomb the La Fauconnerie Airfield, hit troops at Djebel Chemsi, and bomb tanks and troops at Djebel Berda which is being assaulted by the US 9th Infantry Division.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 85th and 86BS(L) with A-20's transfer from Canrobert, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, heavy bombers continue snooper strikes on Vila and Kahili Airfields.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's, B-25's, B-24's, and B-17's pound shipping, the harbor, and town area at Finschhafen.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's hit Gasmata.

Single aircraft attack several targets, mostly shipping and coastal areas, in the Netherlands East Indies, northeastern New Guinea, and New Britain.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a reconnaissance airplane finds impenetrable weather and returns to base. Two P-38's make an uneventful sweep.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the marshalling yard at Pyinmana, blasting railroad tracks and warehouses.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): The 16FS, 51FG with P-40's transfers from Chenyi to Kweilin, China.

The 75FS, 23FG with P-40's transfers from Yunnani to Lingling, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 48: 78 B-17's and 24 B-24's are dispatched against the shipyards and dock area at Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The target is clouded and only 33 B-17's drop 99 tons of bombs at 1225 hours; we claim 1-1-2; we lose 3 B-17's and 1 B-24 plus 3 B-17's are damaged beyond repair and 4 B-17's and 1 B-24 are damaged; casualties are 16 KIA, 10 WIA and 10 MIA. The air echelons of the 414th and 415NPSs, AAF School of Applied Tactics arrive in England from the U.S.; the ground echelons are enroute to Algeria. Both squadrons will train with Beaufighters before moving to North Africa.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's bomb Sfax Airfield; bombs explode among 6 parked airplanes. P-40's escort bombers and fly fighter-bomber operations, during which motor transport along the highway north of Gabes is hit.

The 9FW is inactivated at El Kabrit, Egypt.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 30/31Mar, RAF Wellingtons bomb Decimomannu Airfield. During the day, B-17's hit Villacidro, Monserrato and Decimomannu Airfields and Cagliari harbor.

In the Mediterranean, B-25's hit shipping off northeastern Tunisia. The B-l7 and B-25 missions are escorted by P-38's.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, and light and medium bombers attack La Fauconnerie Airfield, hit concentrations on the El Guettar-Gabes road (enemy positions through which the US II Corps is trying to break), bomb transport in the Djebel Tabouna area, attack roads in the Mezzouna-Mahares-Sfax-Sousse areas, hit trucks, halftracks, and tanks south of Djebel Berda and in the Djebel Berrani area, bomb the Djebel Chemsi Pass, strafe trucks on the Djebel Hadifa-Sidi Rouda road and in the Ofel-El Guettar area. Western Desert AF (WDAF) aircraft hit the El Maou landing ground.

The 97BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20's transfers from Canrobert, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-40's and P-38's hit the Suavanau Point area on Rekata Bay.

The 23BS(H), 5BG(H) based on Espiritu Santo begins operating it's B-17's from Guadalcanal.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's hit Salamaua, while B-24's bomb Babo. Individual B-24's attack Lae Airfield, Finschhafen, and Samoa Point and Timper River bridges.

APRIL 1943

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 1 APRIL 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): A joint directive by Commander-in-Chief, Pacific and Commanding General Western Defense Command orders preparations for Operation LANDGRAB, the invasion of Attu Island.

In the Aleutians, 16 B-24, 5 B-25, and 12 P-38 sorties are flown against Kiska Island from Adak and Amchitka Islands. Targets include a ship in Gertrude Cove, the North Head area, the Main Camp and the beach. AA fire damages 2 bombers. Reconnaissance covers Kiska, Attu, Buldir, and Semichis Islands.

During April, the 73BS(H), 28th Composite Group with B-25's transfers from Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Alaska to Umnak Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 3BS(H), 6BG(H) with B-24's transfers from David, Panama to Talara, Peru.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 16 B-25's bomb the Maymyo railroad sheds. Eight others hit the railroad yards at Ywatsung.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, a Japanese force of 9 fighters is intercepted in the Lingling area by P-40's. We claim 7 fighters shot down; we lose 1 P-40.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 83and 84FS, 78FG with P-47C's transfer from Goxhill, England to Duxford, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's escort bomber mission s. Medium and light bombers hit parked airplanes and AA batteries at El Maou Airfield at Sfax.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia during the night of 31Mar/1Apr, RAF Wellingtons bomb the Bizerte docks and Karouba Bay seaplane base. During the day, A-20's bomb La Fauconnerie and El Djem Airfields. Fighters, carrying out reconnaissance missions over wide areas of Tunisia, attack motor transport, tanks, and guns in the Sidi Mansour-Djebel Tebaga areas. British medium and light bombers, and fighters hit gun positions N of Oued el Akarit and hit the Sfax-El Maou Airfield.

The 17BS(L), 27BG(L) with A-20's transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Ras El Ma, French Morocco.

The 96FS, 92FG with P-38's transfers from Telergma, Algeria to Berteaux, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 42 fighters (P-38's and Navy and Marine aircraft) are sent over the Russell Islands to intercept Japanese aircraft trying to hit US stockpiles on Guadalcanal, the naval base at Tulagi, and the incomplete airstrips in the Russells. The air battle lasts for nearly 3 hours. Six US fighters are lost, against claims of 20 Japanese airplanes destroyed.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's attack a convoy off Kavieng, and airfields at Gasmata and Cape Gloucester.

In New Guinea, B-17's attack the town of Madang.

Flights of from 1 to 3 medium or heavy bombers hit several other targets, mostly isolated shipping and coastline targets in the Netherlands East Indies and in the Solomon Sea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 2 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 18 B-24's bomb Kiska targets including North Head. Six B-25's, 16 P-38's, and 24 P-40's in 6 missions from Amchitka to Kiska, bomb the Main Camp and submarine base areas. Four B-24's bomb the runway at Attu. All aircraft, including 2 B-25's colliding in the air, return safely.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25's hit the Thazi railroad junction.

A detachment of the 25FS, 51FG with P-40's which has been operating from Sadiya, India since Nov 42 transfers to Jorhat, India.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy during the night of 1/2 Apr, RAF Liberators, under the operational control of the IX BC, bomb the ferry terminal at Messina and the airfield at Crotone. During the day, 2 B-24's on a special Mission bomb the ferry terminals at Messina and Villa San Giovanni; 27 B-24's sent against Naples find the target totally obscured by clouds; 9 bomb the area through overcast and 3 bomb Augusta and Crotone.

In Sicily, 24 B-24's sent to attack Palermo abort because of heavy clouds over the target.

In Tunisia, P-40's fly 9 armored reconnaissance and 6 fighter-bomber and escort missions.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, B-25's and A-20's bomb the airfield at La Fauconnerie.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's and P-40's attack and set fire to a small cargo vessel in Kokolope Bay.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's hit the Kitchen Creek area and the Labiabi-Duali area. Single B-24's attack Salamaua, Finschhafen and the bridge at Rempi.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24's hit the airfields at Gasmata and Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 3 APRIL 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 17 B-25's, operating in 2 forces, bomb the Myitnge bridge, scoring hits on both approaches.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ, 78FG transfers from Goxhill, England to Duxford, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's the bomb Sfax-El Maou area during the night of 2/3 Apr. P-40's fly fighter-bomber mission s N of Gabes.

HQ, 12BG(M) and it's 434BS(M) with B-25's transfer from El Assa, Libya to Medenine, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather cancels Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) bomber operations.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters strafe tanks and trucks at Kebira and Jabal Nasir Allah, and claim 14 aircraft downed in aerial combat over Djebel Berda. B-25's bomb the airfield at Sainte-Marie du Zit. Western Desert AF (WDAF) light bombers hit motor transport and gun positions N of Oued el Akarit.

HQ, 81FG and its 93FS with P-39's transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Bone, Algeria to patrol the coast of Africa and protect Allied shipping in the Mediterranean.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's hit Kitchen Creek while single B-24's bomb Korindindi.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's pound shipping and the airfield at Kavieng while single B-24's bomb Kavieng.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 4 APRIL 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25's hit the Maymyo engine sheds. Nine others bomb the Pyawbwe railroad yards. Seven B-24's heavily damage the Thilawa oil refinery.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 49: 97 B-17's of the 1BW are dispatched against industrial installations in the Paris, France area including the Renault armament works and motor works. 85 aircraft drop 251 tons of bombs on the target between 1414 and 1417 local and cause severe damage. We claim 47-13-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 B-17s and 16 others are damaged by fierce fighter opposition. Casualties are 6 WIA and 39 MIA.

The 13(Photo)S(L) flew 3 F-5 sorties in Belgium and France; 1F-5 is missing.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack Naples, concentrating on the dock area.

In Sicily, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, bomb Palermo.

The 83BS(H), 12BG(M) with B-25's transfers from El Assa, Libya to Medenine, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, B-25's bomb small shipping at Carloforte on San Pietro Island. B-17's hit Capodichino Airfield and the marshalling yards at Naples.

In Tunisia, P-38's dive-bomb a beached freighter off Cape Zebib. Other P-38's escort the bombing raids. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's hit La Fauconnerie Airfield while B-25's hit El Djem and Sainte-Marie du Zit airfields. Fighters accompany light and medium bombers on attacks, and carry out numerous patrols, reconnaissance flights, and fighter sweeps over the battle areas of Tunisia.

The 16BS(L), 27BG(L) with A-20's transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Ras el Ma, French Morocco.

The 111OS, 68OG with A-20's and P-39's transfers from Oujda, French Morocco to Guercif, French Morocco.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher assumes the position of Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOL) which has operational control of all (RNZAF), USAAF, USMC and USN aircraft in the South Pacific.

A detachment of the 18(Photo)S(H), 4(Photo)Group with B-25's begins operating from Espiritu Santo.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's and A-20's pound areas along the Huon Gulf, around Kitchen Creek and the Heaths and Lane Plantations. Single B-17's bomb Salamaua.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's bomb the town area and airfield at Kavieng. Single B-17's bomb Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 5 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, reconnaissance covers all islands W of Kiska with negative results. 16 B-24's and 6 B-25's bomb the Attu runway and Kiska's Main Camp and runway. 4 P-38's fly top cover. Later, 3 B-25's, 16 P-4O's, and 16 P-38's bomb Kiska again.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 17 B-25's bomb railroad targets at Mandalay; 2 others hit Ngamya. Three B-24's bomb the Prome railroad yards; 5 hit the Mahlwagon yards and roundhouse. 12 P-40's and a B-25 support ground forces in N Burma.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In Burma, P-40's on armored reconnaissance strafe 15 horse-drawn wagons at Wanling.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 50: 104 B-17's of the 1BW are dispatched against industrial targets in the Antwerp, Belgium area.

The main force is directed at the Erla aircraft factory and Erla engine works. 82 B-17's drop 245.5 tons of bombs at 1530 hours local. We claim 23-8-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 to strong Luftwaffe fighter opposition; 13 aircraft are damaged. Casualties are 3 WIA and 40 MIA.

HQ 56FG and it's 61, 62 and 63FSs with P-47C's transfer from Horsham St Faith, England to Halesworth, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 4/5 Apr, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the Trapani docks and shipping. During the day, B-17's bomb the airfields at Boccadifalco and Milo.

In Tunisia, B-17's bomb airfields at Sidi Ahmed and Tunis. B-25's hit the airfield at Bo Rizzo and attack a convoy off Cap Bon. P-38's fly several fighter sweeps over the Straits of Sicily. One force of fighters claims 16 airplanes destroyed. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's hit the Airfield at El Djem and La Fauconnerie. Fighters attack E-boats off Pont-du-Fahs and vehicles S of Bou Hamran, and fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and patrol over the battle area in Tunisia. Western Desert AF (WDAF) and Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) aircraft hit motor transport W of Cekhira, bomb Djebel Zitouna Airfield, and strike shipping in the Straits of Sicily. During the day Northwest African Air Force (NAAF) aircraft claim destruction of nearly 50 aircraft in aerial combat. Today starts Operations FLAX (5-22 Apr) which is designed to destroy, in the air and on the ground, enemy air transports and escorts employed in ferrying personnel and supplies to Tunisia.

HQ 325FG transfers from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Montesquieu, Algeria.

The 84BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20's transfers from Canrobert, Algeria to Thelepte, Tunisia.

The 91 and 93FSs, 81FG with P-39's transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Bone, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, single B-17's attack occupied areas at several points along the Huon Gulf coast, hit Finschaffen on the Huon Peninsula, bomb Madang and other points on the N coast of New Guinea and hit Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 6 APRIL 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 333FS, 318FG with P-39's transfers from Canton Island to Hilo, Territory of Hawaii.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24's attack Pazundaung bridge, damaging the S approach.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's hit the ferry and slips at Messina harbor.

In Italy, RAF Liberators, under IX BC control, bomb the Naples area and rail facilities in Messina, Sicily.

In Tunisia, B-25's fly 2 missions against concentrations in the Oued el Akarit region, scoring hits on buildings, tanks, and numerous vehicles.

P-40's fly escort, fighter sweep, and strafing operations, attacking guns, vehicles and personnel as the British Eighth Army begin their assault on Oued el Akarit from which the enemy begins withdrawing during the night.

HQ 376BG(H) and it"s 514BS(H) with B-24's transfer from Soluch, Libya to Bengasi, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, B-17's bomb the docks and ships at Trapani.

In Tunisia during the night of 5/6 April, Wellingtons bomb the dock and shipping at Tunis. During the day, B-25's and P-38's attack shipping in the Straits of Sicily. Two forces of B-17's bomb a convoy further W, near Zembra Island and hit a convoy off Bizerte. B-25's and A-20's attack landing grounds and airfields at Enfidaville, La Fauconnerie, and El Djem. La Fauconnerie bears the brunt of the attacks and is well covered. Fighters escort the bombing raids, fly reconnaissance missions, and attack scattered enemy movement.

HQ 27BG(L) and it's 91BS(L) with A-20's transfer from Nouvion, Algeria to Ras el Ma, French Morocco.

The 92FS, 81FG with P-39's transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Maison Blanche, Algeria.

The 154OS, 68OG with P-39's and P-51's transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Sbeitla, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 70FS, 18FG based on Fiji but operating from Guadalcanal with P-39's, transfers to Guadalcanal.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER F OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb the town area and AA positions at Salamaua.

Single B-17's bomb Finschhafen.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-17's bomb Gasmata while another strafes Cape Gloucester.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the reconnaissance airplane aborts shortly after takeoff due to weather.

CBI - INDIA-BURMA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 2 B-25's temporarily knock out a bridge on the Ye-u railroad branch, crossing the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa. Eighteen B-25's, in 2 forces, bomb the Ywataung Marshalling Yard. P-40's support ground forces N of Shingbwiyang. Six B-24's bomb Japanese HQ at Toungoo.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's attack Palermo harbor.

In Tunisia, B-25's bomb retreating columns which are being pursued N of Oued el Akarit by the the British Eighth Army's 30 and 10 Corps. Fighters carry out bombing and strafing operations the battle area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons attack Tunis and the Jabal al Jallud Marshalling Yard. Weather cancels all other NASAF missions except for 2 reconnaissance sorties. All available airplanes of the XII Air Support Command and Western Desert AF (WDAF) hit ground forces which are retreating in all sectors. Fighters fly sweeps over Medjez el Bab (claiming 3 fighters downed), a scramble Mission NW of Oued Zarga (5 fighters are claimed destroyed), and over 100 other sorties (no encounters). Highway and motor transport are bombed between Sfax and Sousse. Light and medium bombers, and fighter-bombers attack concentrations N of the Oued el Akarit line. Units of the US II Corps make contact with the British Eighth Army on the Gabes-Gafsa road.

HQ 31FG and it's 307th, 308th and 309FSs with Spitfires transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Djilma, Tunisia.

The 318FS, 325FG with P-40F's transfers from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Montesquieu, Algeria. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on 17 Apr 43.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, a large force of Japanese dive bombers and fighters is reported by coast watchers to be moving down the "Slot." In its path are a convoy off the E coast of Guadalcanal, shipping at Koli Point, and a Task Force at Tulagi. Every operable fighter (76) on Guadalcanal is sent up, and the bombers are moved to the SW tip of the island for safety. The air battle takes place off the Russells, near Tulagi, and over the convoy.

USAAF P-38's and P-39's and Marine and Navy F4F's and F4U's claim 39 aircraft shot down, 13 by USAAF fighters. Allied losses total 7 fighters.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit areas along the NE coast from Mur to Singor. B-24's bomb the landing ground at Babo and town area of Fak Fak. Single heavy bombers attack shipping and coastal targets at Lae, Salamaua, Finschhafen and Wewak; Cape Gloucester and Kavieng in the Bismarck Archipelago; and off Lorengau, in the Admiralty Islands.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 8 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, The weather airplane scouts Kiska and islands W of it with negative results.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb Meiktila Airfield; 6 B-24's attack the airfield at Heho; and Ft Bayard Airfield is strafed by 9 P-40's. Enemy stores at Ningam are hit by 4 P-40's and a B-25.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): In England, 56th and 78FGs become operational. Added to the 4FG (already operational), this enables VIII Fighter Command to increase activity and paves the way for its coming role of escorting bombers on deep penetrations into enemy territory.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's fly 29 bomber escort, armed reconnaissance, and fighter-bomber mission s against retreating column along coast N of Gabes.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Weather prevents all Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) operations except minimum weather reconnaissance. In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's and Spitfires fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance over the Faid Pass-Fondouk el Aouareb-Kairouan-Ousseltia area as the British X Corps attacks Fondouk. Other fighters fly widespread reconnaissance and sweeps, attacking motor transport S of Zaghouan. Western Desert AF (WDAF) fighters hit retreating columns in the Cekhira-Sfax area.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): HQ 11BG(H) and it's 4 squadrons, the 26BS(H), 42BS(H), 98BS(H) and 431BS(H) with B-17E's and F's, transfer from Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands to the Territory of Hawaii.

Group HQ and the 431BS(H) go to Hickam Field; the 26BS(H) to Bellows Field, the 42 to Kualoa Point; and the 98th to Mokuleia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's and B-24's carry out small harassing strikes, bombing Ulamoa, Finschhafen, and the airfield at Kavieng.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 9 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a B-24 flies reconnaissance over Kiska, Attu and the Semichis. P-40's fly reconnaissance over Kiska.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's in a fighter-bomber role attack Sfax, as the British Eighth Army, in pursuit of the retreating enemy, reaches a position a few miles to the SW of the coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, fighters continue reconnaissance of the N half of Tunisia and the Straits of Sicily and hit enemy movement and defenses over wide areas between Sfax and Enfidaville.

HQ 320BG(M) and it's 443BS(M) with B-26B's transfer from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Montesquieu, Algeria.

The 319FS, 325FG with P-40F's transfers from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Montesquieu, Algeria. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 17 Apr 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe the airfield and town and dock areas of Madang. A-20's hit the Kitchen Creek-Mubo area. Single B-17's attack barges at Bogia, Alexishafen and Finschhafen and hit the town of Wewak.

In the Admiralities, vehicles at Lorengau on Manus Island are strafed.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 10 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather reconnaissance B-24 observes 4 unidentified aircraft near Segula. Three B-25's, 17 P-40's, and 6 P-38's fly 5 attack missions to Kiska, and negative searches for the unidentified airplanes at Segula. The last Mission finds Kiska closed in and returns with bombs.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's bomb the harbor at Naples.

In Sicily, RAF Liberators, under operation control of the IX Bomber Command, hit Palermo.

In Tunisia, Allied ground forces take Sfax and continue N to La Hencha.

HQ IX Fighter Command is transferred from Egypt to Tripoli, Libya.

Personnel are to be moved from Egypt over a period of several weeks.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia, B-17's hit ships at La Madallena.

In Tunisia during the night of 9/10 Apr, Wellingtons bomb troops and transport on roads in the area surrounding Enfidaville. The following day, B-26's follow up the Wellingtons with raids on roads and military concentrations near Enfidaville. Fighter-bombers also hit ground targets in the Enfidaville areas. Fighters escort bombers, carry out reconnaissance, and fly sweeps over the battle area from Medjez el Rah to Sousse.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-24's continue to fly harassing strikes as 3 of the heavy bombers hit Kahili Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's pound the town and dock area of Wewak.

Some of the B-17's also bomb Cape Boram and Kairiru Island while some of the B-24's hit Alexishafen and shipping off Wewak. B-25's pound the harbors at Bobia and Uligan. A lone B-17 strafes barges SE of Bogia and trucks at Cape Croisilles while another bombs the airfield at Arawe.

The 8BS(Dive), 3BG(Dive) with A-20's transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea. On 25 May 43, the group and it's 4 squadrons will be redesignated BG/Squadron(L) to reflect it's true mission.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 11 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 4 B-25's, 22 P-40's, and 8 P-38's hit Kiska 5 times.

The last Mission aborts due to weather. The other 4 missions bomb various targets starting large fires. Some fighters strafe Little Kiska.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack Naples harbor. AA is intense and fighters attack B-24's from all sides, knocking 1down. The B-24's claim destruction of 3 fighters.

In Tunisia, B-25's attack motor transport and concentrations N of Sfax as Allied ground troops push toward Sousse.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 486th and 487BSS(M) with B-25C's transfer from El Kabrit, Egypt to Medenine, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 10/11Apr, Wellingtons bomb airfields at Decimomannu and Monserrato.

In Sicily, B-17's strike the harbors of Marsala and Trapani.

In Tunisia, P-38's carry out fighter sweeps and reconnaissance flights, claiming numerous aircraft shot down, including 21transports destroyed between Cap Bon and Marsala. B-26's bomb Oudna Airfield, B-25's hit Sainte-Marie du Zit Airfield, and B-17's strike the harbor of Tunis.

Fighter-bombers and light bombers blast trucks S of the Enfidaville road, trucks E of Kairouan, the Sousse docks, and numerous other targets in the NE quarter of Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's and Navy fighters strafe gun positions in the Rekata Bay area. B-17's bomb airfields at Kahili and on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's bomb Lae and Finschhafen. Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen 3 times and hit Madang once. Enemy airplanes attack Oro Bay and destroy 2 merchant vessels.

In Timor, B-25's hit Vila Salazar and another village.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 12 APRIL 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 3 B-25's, 24 P-40's, and 13 P-38's fly 7 missions to Kiska. The fighters also strafe Little Kiska. AA fire damages 1 P-40 and 1 P-38. The P-38 force-lands safely.

AAF ANTISUBMARINE COMMAND

The 6(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W arrives at Gander Lake, Newfoundland, Canada from the U.S. with B-24's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's hit the airfield at Magwe. P-40's bomb and strafe the ammunition and supply dump at Walawbum.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In Burma, P-40's strafe more than 20 vehicles 25 mi (40 km) E of Loiwing.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): In England, a Board of 5 officers of the 8AF and 1 of the RAF complete formulation of a plan for the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) from the United Kingdom in accordance with the mission prescribed by the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) in the Casablanca Directive.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's of the 376BG(H) sent to attack Naples harbor, are prevented by bad weather from bombing the primary target. About half return without bombing while the others hit Cosenza and Crotone. Other heavy bombers of the same group, in a subsequent mission, bomb Naples and the secondary target of Pizzo.

In Sicily, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, are dispatched against Palermo. The primary target is attacked, in spite of total cloud cover, but most of bomb tonnage is dropped in Messina, Italy harbor.

In ground action in Tunisia, the British 10 Corps captures Sousse and heads north.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, B-17's bomb the harbor at Trapani and hit shipping in the Straits of Sicily.

In Tunisia, B-17's bomb the harbor at Bizerte. B-25's and A-20's bomb airfields at Oudna and Sainte-Made du Zit. Aircraft of tactical units hit enemy movements and fly sweep and reconnaissance throughout NE Tunisia following the attack during the night of 11/12 Apr by British aircraft, mainly in the Enfidaville, Zaghouan, and Bou Ficha areas.

HQ 31FG and it's 307th, 308th and 309FSs with Spitfires transfer from Djilma, Tunisia to Le Sers, Tunisia.

HQ 33FG and it's 59th and 60FSs with P-40's transfer from Berteaux, Algeria to Ebba Ksour, Tunisia. The 59th has been operating from Thelepte, Tunisia since 20 Mar.

The 2d, 4th and 5FSs, 52FG with Spitfires transfer from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Le Sers, Tunisia.

The 154OS, 68OG with P-39's and P-51's transfers from Sbeitla, Tunisia to Le Sers, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, single B-24's continue snooper strikes, hitting Kahili Airfield twice during the evening.

The 68FS, 347FG with P-40's (and some P-39's) transfers from Guadalcanal to Fiji but continues to operate from Guadalcanal until Dec 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's and B-17's pound the airfields at Rabaul and Gasmata, shipping in the Saint George Channel, and targets of opportunity in the Ubili and Talasea areas.

In New Guinea, B-24's and B-17s hit shipping in Hansa Bay, the airfields at Lae and Nubia and Bogia harbor. B-24's, operating individually, attack several targets, scoring hits on the Madang dock area and at Toeal.

Japanese planes attack Port Moresby.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 13 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 15 B-24's, 15 B-25's, 28 P-38's and 20 P-40's fly 11 attacks to Kiska; 43 tons of bombs are dropped on the Main Camp, North Head, and runway. Fighters attack the Main Camp causing large fires, and also strafe aircraft on the beach. Heavy AA fire damages 2 P-38's, 1 of which later crashes into the sea, and 1 B-25.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the Myitnge bridge without inflicting further damage to the structure. Nine others hit Monywa Airfield. Six P-40's knock out a bridge at Shaduzup.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's are dispatched against the harbor at Catania. Total cloud cover prevents visual contact with the target. One drops bombs in the target area, but others jettison their load or return to base without bombing.

In the Mediterranean, P-40's fly convoy escort.

In Tunisia, the British Eight Army's 10 Corps, continuing N reaches an anti-tank ditch guarding new enemy positions at Enfidaville and unsuccessfully attempts, on a limited scale, to force a retreat before the line can be strengthened.

The 488th and 489BS(M), 340BG(M) with B-25's transfer from El Kabrit, Egypt to Medenine, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, B-17's pound the airfields at Castelvetrano and Milo.

In Sardinia, P-38's bomb a cruiser at La Maddalena and other shipping at Porto Torres.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit Oudna Airfield. Fighters maintain sweeps and armored reconnaissance over NE Tunisia and the Straits of Sicily. During the night of 12/13 Mar, British airplanes bomb Megrine landing ground.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 84BS(L) with A-20's transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia.

The 58FS, 33FG with P-40's transfers from Berteaux, Algeria to Ebba Ksour, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's and Navy aircraft bomb the airfield at Munda and strafe a barge at Bambatana

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe the Labiabi area while a single B-l7 bombs the runway at Finschhafen.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 14 APRIL 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 30 P-40's, 17 P-38's, 9 B-24's and 6 B-25's fly 10 missions to Kiska, bombing and strafing the runway, North Head area, installations, parked seaplanes, and facilities on Little Kiska.

ZONE OF INTERIOR (HQ USAAF): The Weather Wing is activated at Asheville, North Carolina to provide scientific weather information for the USAAF and the rest of the Army. This new wing assumes responsibility from HQ USAAF for the supervision of the Army AFs Weather Service which was established in 1937.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40's dropping 1,000 pound (454 kg) bombs, hit airfields at Myitkyina and Manywet, rendering the runways at both unusable.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, P-40's strafe pack horses S of Tengchung, barracks and warehouses in Lungling, and cattle and trucks N of Lungling.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's fly convoy escort, and carry out fighter sweeps over the battle area as the British Eighth Army's 10 Corps continues to make quick jabs at positions at Enfidaville. These attempts to force an enemy retreat are unsuccessful.

The 314th, 315th and 316FSs, 324FG with P-40's transfer from Libya to Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia, B-17's bomb the Elmas and Monserrato Airfields.

In Tunisia during the night of 13/14 Apr, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) Hurricanes and Blenheims bomb La Sebala Airfield and attack transport on the Tunis-Pont-du-Fahs road, and Western Desert Air Force (WDAF) light and medium bombers hit the Airfields at Sainte-Marie du Zit and Korba. During the day, B-17's bomb El Aouina Airfield. P-38's escort the heavy bombers and fly a bombing and strafing mission against a beached vessel SE of Cape Zebib. A-20's bomb Bordj Toum. Fighter-bombers hit a motor convoy near Grich el Oued and trucks NE of Dechret Ben Saidane and a battery E of Djedeida. Fighters fly reconnaissance and sweeps throughout the Tunisian battle area. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) planes maintain sea reconnaissance and patrols.

HQ 52FG transfers from Youks-les-Bains, Algeria to Le Sers, Tunisia.

The 441, 442 and 444BS(M), 320BG(M) with B-26B's transfer from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Montesquieu, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, heavy and medium bombers carry out widespread but unsuccessful attacks on individual enemy vessels. Japanese aircraft carry out a heavy attack on the Milne Bay area, severely damaging 1vessel, beaching 1vessel, and hitting 2 others, but doing very little damage to USAAF facilities in the area. AA defenses and the 40+ P-40's and P-38's that intercept the enemy strike claim 14 airplanes shot down.

Dick Bong becomes a Double Ace when he gets his 10th kill, a Betty.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 15 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, reconnaissance over Kiska, Attu, Semichis, and Agattu spots no new enemy activities. Two bomber mission s from Adak and 11 fighter missions from Amchitka, composed of 23 B-24's, 20 B-25's, 25 P-38's, and 44 P-40's, hit Kiska; 1F-5A takes photos; 85 tons of bombs are dropped. Fires result on North Head and Little Kiska. One B-24 is shot down in flames and 4 bombers receive battle damage.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 10 B-25's bomb the Mandalay Marshaling Yard; 9 more bomb the marshaling yard at Ywataung. Eight B-24's hit the Thilawa oil refinery while 7 others hit Prome.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, hit Naples and Messina.

In Sicily, B-24's attack Catania and Palermo.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit the airfield and area near a fuel dump at Sainte-Marie du Zit. P-40's fly reconnaissance and sea patrol.

HQ 12BG(M) transfers from Medenine, Tunisia to Sfax, Tunisia.

The 515BS(H), 376BG(H) with B-24D's transfers from Soluch, Libya to Bengasi, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) B-26's on armed reconnaissance of the Naples area attack a vessel S of Ustica Island.

In Sardinia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Decimomannu, Villacidro, and Elmas Airfields during the night of 14/15 Apr.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters attack tanks and trucks at Oum EL Djema and a concentration near Sidi Ahmed, while others fly reconnaissance and patrols during the day.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 390BS(M), 42BG(M): with B-25's arrives on Guadalcanal from the U.S.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's bomb the airfields at Rabaul and Gasmata.

In New Guinea, B-17's bomb the airfield at Lae.

The 7th and 8FSs, 49FG with P-40's transfer from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 16 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, Kiska is bombed and strafed 13 times. A total of 13 B-24's, 12 B-25's, 32 P-40's, 29 P-38's, and 2 F-5A's cover targets which include installations in the Holtz Bay area and gun positions on North Head.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, P-40's, bombing a railroad bridge near Mogaung, score a direct hit on the target and blow up both approaches, leaving the bridge temporarily unserviceable. Later in the day the bridge near Pinbaw is demolished by direct hits. Eight B-24's hit the Rangoon Marshaling Yard, 9 B-25's bomb the Thazi rail junction, while 9 more, weathered out of Maymyo, hit rail targets in Mandalay.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, P-40's strafe a group of buildings E of Tenchung.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 51: 25 B-24's are dispatched against the Brest, France U-Boat base while 83 B-17's are dispatched

against the Lorient, France U-Boat base. 19 B-24's drop 52 tons on Brest at 1337-1338 hours; the B-24's claim 2-3-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-24's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 9 are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 31 MIA. 59 B-17's bomb Lorient at 1412-1414 hours dropping 147 tons of bombs; they claim 9-4-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 8 are damaged; casualties are 7 WIA and 10 MIA. The attack is hindered by an effective smoke screen and strong fighter opposition.

HQ 96BG(H) arrives at Great Saling, England from the U.S.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's attack a tanker in Catania harbor, scoring several hits on the target and in surrounding areas.

In Tunisia, fighters fly sea patrol. The British Eighth Army abandons their attempts to force a German retreat from Enfidaville by quick jabs and prepares to launch a full-scale assault during the night of 19/20 Apr.

The 83BS(H), 12BG(M) and 488BS(M), 340BG(M), both with B-25's, transfer from Medenine, Tunisia to Sfax, Tunisia.

The 512th and 513BS(H), 376BG(H) with B-24's transfer from Soluch, Libya to Bengasi, Libya;.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the dock area at Palermo.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters strafe trucks during the night of 15/16 Apr and during the following day. A-20's and fighter-bombers bomb Djqobel el Raar and concentrations located in various wadis in the battle area. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) aircraft maintain sea reconnaissance and patrols. NASAF B-25's and B-26's hit the Oudns landing ground while P-38's bomb vessels near Cape Zebib and at Cape el Ahmar.

The 85th and 86BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20's transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's bomb Kaimana, Wewak, Madang, and Lae. B-17's pound shipping at Wewak, leaving 3 vessels sunk or in sinking condition.

In Timor, B-25's bomb Vila Salazar.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 17 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 7 B-24's bomb and score 8 direct hits on the runway and gun emplacements at Attu. One B-24 and 2 F-5A's abort due to weather. 4 B-25's, 31 P-38's, and 14 P-40's hit Kiska 9 times, bombing installations and strafing gun emplacements and 3 parked airplanes.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 7 B-25's bomb the Myitnge bridge, scoring 4 damaging hits.

Ten others hit the Myitnge railroad works. Sixteen P-40's damage the bridge at Kamaing, attack the town of Nanyaseik, and score hits on the N approach to the bridge at Namti. Six B-24's damage the S approach to the Pazundaung railroad bridge.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 52: 115 B-17's are dispatched against the Focke-Wulf factory at Bremen, Germany the 8AF's largest

Mission to date. A mass of fighters attacks during bomb run, shooting down 15 while flak claims another. We claim 63-15-17 Luftwaffe aircraft; 39 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 4 WIA and 159 MIA.

The Commanding General, VIII Fighter Command, expresses the need for 20 FGs to neutralize growing German fighter opposition to the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO).

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's (including Liberator Mk II's of the RAF 178 Squadron, under operational control of the IX BC) bomb Catania.

In Tunisia, P-40's fly sweeps, sea patrol, and fighter-bomber mission s.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 486th and 487BS(M) with B-25's and the 434BS(M), 12BG(M) with B-25's transfer from Medenine, Tunisia to Sfax, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, B-17's bomb shipping and docks at Palermo.

In Tunisia during the night of 16/17 April, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellington's bomb the N quay in Bizerte harbor. Shortly after noon, B-17's bomb shipping and docks at Ferryville. B-25's hit the town area and marshaling yard at Mateur. Fighters provide escort. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) Blenheims bomb La Sebala Airfield and A-20's hit Ksar Tyr and concentrations NE of Grich el Oued. Fighters fly escort and reconnaissance missions. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) airplanes fly sea patrol and reconnaissance and attack shipping in the Strait of Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's during the night of 16/17 Apr again fly a strike against Kahili Airfield.

HQ 18FG transfers from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Moluccas, B-24's bomb Amboina.

In New Guinea, a single B-24 scores hits on the NW shore of Hollandia Bay.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 18 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 22 P-38's (some flown by RCAF pilots) and 37 P-40's hit Kiska 9 times. The submarine base and gun emplacements on North Head are bombed and gun emplacements near the submarine base are silenced.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Ellice Islands, the 371 and 372BS(H), 307BG(H) based at Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii with B-24's begin operating from Funafuti.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, P-40's strafe an enemy-held supply village SE of Tengchung.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Off Cap Bon, 46 P-40F's of the 57FG's three squadrons (64th, 65th and 66FSs) and the attached 314FS, 324FG, plus 11Spitfires of the RAF 92 Squadron flying top cover, take off to patrol. At approximately 1800 hours, they spot 2 Bf 109's and an armada of 65 Ju 52/3m transports heading back to Sicily for more supplies. The transports are in three great vees, covered by 16 Bf 109's and Mc 202's and 5 Bf 110's. The 64FS and the RAF Spitfires stay high; the remaining 3 squadrons of P-40's attack the Luftwaffe formation and down 24 Ju 53/3m's and 16 fighters; another 35 Ju 52/3m's crash along the coast.

In Sicily, B-24's attack Catania.

In Tunisia, P-40's fly sweeps, armored reconnaissance, escort, and fighter-bomber mission s. B-25's hit landing grounds.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia during the night of 17/18 Ap, RAF Wellingtons bomb the Tunis docks and marshaling yard. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) Blenheims hit the La Marsa landing ground while fighter fly reconnaissance and scramble missions. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) fighters fly reconnaissance and patrols, attacking vessels, troop columns, and truck in the Tunisian coastal area, In Sicily, over 75 B-17's, escorted by P-38's, attack Boccadifalco Airfield and the Palermo Marshaling Yard.

In Sardinia, B-25's, escorted by P-38's, hit the Alghero-Fertilia Airfield and shipping at Porto Torres while Beaufighters attack the Decimomannu Airfield.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, Major John W Mitchell leads a flight of 16 P-38's (2 others abort) on a low-level, circuitous, over-water trip from Guadalcanal to a spot up the Bougainville coast from Kahili to intercept the fight of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, head of the Imperial Japanese Navy, who, according to US intelligence, is on an inspection trip in the S Pacific and is due in Ballale at 0945 local. Admiral Yamamoto's well-known punctuality is calculated to allow the interception to take place at 0935 local at a point 35 mi (56 km) from Kahili. Two hours and 15 minutes after takeoff at 0725 local, as the P-38's streak toward Bougainville at almost sea level, a flight of 2 Betty bombers and 6 Zekes appears just ahead. The 4-aircraft attack section under Captain Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr bores in. The Zekes spot the attacking P-38's at about 1mi (0.6 km) and try in vain to cut off the attack as the bombers attempt to escape. In the air battle, Captain Lanphier and First Lieutenant Rex T. Barber shoot down the bomber carrying Yamamoto.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In Timor, B-25's bomb the airfield at Penfoei.

In New Guinea, single B-24's hit the Finschhafen and Saidor areas.

A detachment of the 6NPS, 15FG based at Kipapa, Territory of Hawaii begins operating from New Guinea with P-70's.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 19 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 9 missions involving 14 B-24's, 12 B-25's, 32 P-40's, and 23 P-38's are flown to Kiska. The first Mission is weathered out of the primary target, Attu, and directed to Kiska. Bombing and strafing concentrates on 4 grounded ships and the submarine base area where fires are started. One ship, believed to serve as a power station, is set afire.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): P-40's hit bridges in Burma, seriously damaging the Namti railroad bridge between Mogaung and Myitkyina. Nine B-24's bomb Rangoon's main railroad station.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's hit landing grounds and defensive positions, and P-40's escort bombers and fly fighter sweeps as the British Eighth Army opens an assault on Enfidaville positions.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia during the night of 18/19 Apr, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) Blenheims bomb La Marsa landing ground and roads nearby, and attack activity on beach at Reyville. During the day, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb shipping at Tunis. B-25's and A -20's raid the La Sebala Airfield. Fighter-bombers attack tanks in the battle area. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) maintains sea reconnaissance and patrols as far as Sardinia and sea approaches to Naples. NAAF aircraft claim over 100 aircraft destroyed during the day.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Single medium or heavy bombers bomb airfields at Hollandia and Lae, New Guinea and Cape Gloucester and Gasmata in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 20 APRIL 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 10 bombing and strafing missions by 15 B-24's, 16 B-25's, 10 P-38's, and 32 P-40's hit shipping in the harbor at Kiska and gun positions in North Head. Other targets include buildings in the Main Camp area and the runway.

CARIBBEAN (AAF Antisubmarine Command): The 7(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W based at Jacksonville, Florida with B-18's begins operating from Edinburgh Field, Trinidad.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Gilberts, 22 B-24's, from Funafuti, carry out a photo-bombing Mission over Nauru. Several direct hits on runways and the dispersal areas are claimed.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Thazai.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and fighter-bomber mission s as British ground forces take Enfidaville E and push N. Forces on the left are checked by stubborn enemy resistance at Djebel Garci.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's and B-25's bomb the landing grounds of Mabtouha, La Marsa, La Sebala, Sidi Ahmed, Creteville, and near Protville. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters fly escort, carry out reconnaissance, and attack various Tunisian airfields. The Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) continues sea patrols and reconnaissance as far-reaching as the approaches to Naples, Italy.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's bomb Wewak, Nubia, and Boram Airfields and shipping off Wewak. B-24's bomb Kaimana and targets of opportunity on Kendari Island in the Celebes.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 21 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, Commander North Pacific Forces (NORPACFOR) places all Army and Navy AFs [Task Group (TG) 16.1] under Brigadier General William O. Butler, Commanding General 11AF. The Army Air Striking Unit (11AF) is designated Task Unit 16.1.1 (TU16.1.1) and the Naval Air Search Unit (Patrol Wing Four) is designated TUl6.l.2.

Two P-38's take off for Kiska but abort the mission.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 8 B-25's bomb the railroad yards at Maymyo, and 9 more bomb the area around the Myitnge bridge.

In Thailand, 16 B-24's are dispatched to bomb the Bangsue Arsenal and other targets in Bangkok, but only 4 reach the target area and loose bombs over the city.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, bomb Naples.

In Tunisia, P-40's bomb and strafe barges along the coast. The British Eighth Army meets such fierce opposition at Takrouna that General Montgomery decides to confine the offensive to the coastal region.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, weather prevents completion of any missions by the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF). Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and A-20's hit landing grounds and military traffic on roads, fly sweeps and armed reconnaissance, and attack ground forces and aircraft in the Medjez el Bab-Goubellat area where an enemy counterattack by armored and infantry columns during the night of 20/21Apr ends in costly failure.

The 346th and 347FSs, 350FG with P-39's swap bases; the 346th moves from La Senia, Algeria to Orleansville, Algeria; the 347th moves from Orleansville to Le Sers, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb Kaimana and Laga. Single B-17's attack coastal villages in NE New Guinea and hit Ubili and Gasmata in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 22 APRIL 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Ellice Islands, the airfield on Funafuti is bombed twice during the night of 21/22 Apr by the Japanese. Two B-24's are destroyed and 5 others damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's fly fighter sweeps over the battle area along the Gulf of Hammamet.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's bomb 2 landing grounds near Protville. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and A-20's fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and patrols and attack positions at Djebel el Ahmera (Longstop Ridge), Sidi Nsir, Djebel el Ajred (Bald Hill), and other points as the British First Army's 5 Corps launches the start of the final phase of the assault on Tunis and Bizerte, attacking on a front N and S of Medjez el Bab.

In Italy, B-26's hit the harbor at Carloforte on San Pietro Island.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): HQ 42BG(M) arrives in Fiji from the U.S.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's and B-25's pound the Lababia-Duali area on Nassau Bay. Single B-17's bomb the Dobo and Nubia area, and strafe Ubili in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 23 APRIL 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS U.S.: The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) issues a directive making British Lieutenant General Frederick E. Morgan Chief of Staff to Supreme Allied Commander (Designate). This title, COSSAC, describes both the office and the man who heads it. COSSAC is the seed of Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). It is charged with continuance of planning for the eventual invasion of Western Europe.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Gilberts, 12 B-24's from Funafuti attack Tarawa Atoll, bombing fuel storage and barracks areas. After this mission, the 371 and 372d BS(H), 307BG(H) cease operating from Funafuti and return to their base at Wheeler Field and Kahuku, Territory of Hawaii respectively.

The 78FS, 15FG with P-40's transfers from Midway Island to Barking Sands, Territory of Hawaii.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's bomb the Mandalay warehouse area. Five P-40's damage the approaches to the bridge at Shaduzup.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, P-40's strafe a 15-truck convoy SW of Lungling.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's attack a landing ground, troops, and artillery N of Enfidaville. P-40's fly escort, sweeps, and fighter-bomber mission s in the battle area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's and B-26's bomb vehicles and the railroad at Mateur, the Mateur-Bedja road and Arbatax harbor in Italy. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers carry out a large number of missions against positions in NE Tunisia and particularly along the battleline area from near Pont-du-Fahs N to the Mediterranean as the US II Corps begins a drive on Bizerte in the Jefna-Sidi Meftah area.

In the Mediterranean, B-17's attack vessels N of Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 390BS(M), 42BG(M): with B-25's transfers from New Caledonia to Fiji.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, single B-24's bomb the airfield and town area at Finschhafen and score a direct hit on a cargo vessel SE of Kavieng in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 24 APRIL 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 2 P-38's bomb Kiska and strafe personnel near Mutton Cove. Weather cancels other missions.

CARIBBEAN (AAF Antisubmarine Command): The 23(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W with A-29's returns to it's base at Drew Field, Florida after operating from Batista Field, Cuba since 28 Feb 43.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's, escorted by 11 P-40's, bomb the Namtu mines and railroad yards. 7 of the P-40's strafe the mine and smelter area.

In China, 13 P-40's intercept 25 fighters near Lingling and shoot down 5.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX Bomber Command, bomb Naples.

In Tunisia, P-40's escort bombers, fly sweeps, and carry out fighter-bomber operations against troops in the battle area N of Enfidaville.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the N quay at Bizerte harbor during the night of 23/24 Apr. Bad weather the following morning cancels NASAF operations. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, although hampered by bad weather, attack guns, troops, and trucks in the battle area from Pont-du-Fahs N to the sea. Fierce ground fighting continues in the Jefna area.

The 99FS, 12AF with P-40's arrives at Casablanca, French Morocco from the U.S. The 99th is the first black USAAF unit to serve overseas.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24's bomb the runway at Cape Gloucester.

In the Celebes, B-24's bomb Kendari Airfield.

In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe positions in the Mubo area. Single B-24's attack Lae, Gumbi, and Singor.

In Timor, B-25's pound Dili Airfield.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 25 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 15 B-24's, 12 B-25's, 32 P-40's, 23 P-38's, and 1 F-5A fly 12 missions to Kiska and Attu. Targets include Holtz Bay, North Head, South Head, the beach areas, the runway, shipping, and the submarine base.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 11 B-25's attack the Ywataung railroad yards and vicinity.

The 492BS(H), 7BG(H) transfers with B-24's from Bishnupur, India to Panagarh, India.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's attack landings grounds, concentrations, and vehicles N and NW of Enfidaville. P-40's escort bombers and fly fighter sweeps over the battle area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, weather prevents Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) bombing missions. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters attack positions and vehicles in the battle area. A-20's and medium bombers bomb the S landing ground at Soliman, positions NW of Enfidaville, and several other points in the battle area as Allied ground forces continue their advance on Bizerte and Tunis.

HQ 2BG(H) and it's 20th, 49th, and 96BS(H) with B-17's arrive at Navarin, Algeria from the US.

HQ 319BG(M) and it's 437, and 438th, 439th and 440BS(M) with B-26B's transfer from Oujda, French Morocco to Rabat Sale, French Morocco. The group has been undergoing reorganization and training since Feb 43.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 3 B-24's fly a harassing strike during the night of 25/26 Apr against Kahili Airfield. 12 others bomb the same target later during the night.

The 394BS(H), 5BG(H) with B-24's, based on Fiji, begins operating from Guadalcanal.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's bomb Wewak Airfield and the towns of Madang and Saidor. A-20's bomb and strafe positions at Green's Hill. Single B-24's hit airfields at Madang and Finschhafen.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 27 APRIL 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 1 B-25 unsuccessfully investigates a reported submarine 4 mi (6.4 km) W of Bay Island. Four P-38's bomb the Main Camp, then scout Buldir.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 19 B-25's bomb the engine sheds at Thazi. P-40's hit positions S of Sarenghkyet.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's bomb and strafe concentrations N and NW of Enfidaville.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's, with P-38 escort, bomb Villacidro Airfield.

In Tunisia, NASAF B-25's hit shipping W of Zembra Island off Cap Bon.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) planes (fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers) hit numerous tactical targets in NE Tunisia, including Sidi Ahmed Airfield and troops, tank, trucks, and gun positions at Massicault, on the Pont-du-Fahs road, Ksar Tyr, Bir Meherga, and other points along the battleline.

HQ 2BG(H) and it's 20th, 49th and 96BS(H) with B-17's transfer from Navarin, Algeria to Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria. The Group's fourth squadron, the 429BS(H), arrives at Chateaudun-du-Rhumel from the US today. The group will fly it's first combat mission tomorrow.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-24's pound Vila and the airfield on Ballale Island.

B-17's hit Kahili Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, heavy bombers, operating individually, attack vessels off Cape Gloucester, Cape Goltz and Gasmata.

In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe forces in the Green's Hill-Mubo area. B-25's bomb a village near Beru. Heavy bombers, operating individually, attack vessels NNW of Dobo and Nabire and small vessels and targets of opportunity in the Marienberg, Wewak, and Finschhafen areas.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 28 APRIL 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's pound the docks at Monywa; 10 others attack river traffic in the Katha vicinity.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, about 20 Japanese medium bombers and a like number of fighters attack airfields at Kunming. High winds prevent bombing accuracy and little damage is done to the airfield. Several Chinese villagers near the field are killed. Defending P-40's shoot down 10 aircraft.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack the harbor at Naples and the ferry slip at Messina. Gunners claim 5 fighters destroyed.

In Tunisia, P-40's escort bombers and attack troops in the battle area N of Enfidaville.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's and P-38's attack 2 vessels off NE Tunisia in the Straits of Sicily. Other B-25's hit Tunis shipping while B-26's bomb the landing grounds at Mabouban and Mabtouha. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) aircraft bomb concentrations near Saint-Cyprien and Ksar Tyr, shipping off Tunis, and numerous positions and vehicles along the Tunisian battleline and surrounding areas as the US 9th Infantry Division continues W astride the Sedjenane River and the 1 and 34th Infantry Divisions continue to face fierce opposition S of Jefna in Sidi Meftah area.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 3 B-24's continue snooper missions over Bougainville, bombing the airfield at Kahili.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's attack 2 vessels NNW of Dobo. Single B-17's hit buildings N of Finschhafen Airfield, Wilwilan village, and targets of opportunity along the coast of NE New Guinea from the Nankina River to Mur.

HQ 380BG(H) and it's 528th, 529th, 530th and 531BS(H) arrive in Australia from the U.S.

Group HQ, and the 528th and 530th Squadrons are based at Fenton; the 529th and 531BS(H) are at Manbulloo. The group is assigned to the 5AF but will be attached to the (RAAF) until Jan 45. One of it's primary missions is the training of RAAF crews in operating the B-24. The group will fly it's first Mission on 21 May 43.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 30 APRIL 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 4 B-25's, 17 P-38's, and 7 P-40's fly 4 missions to Kiska. Only the P-38's get through and blast Gertrude Cove, Main Camp, the submarine base and a ship.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 36 Fighter Command, based at Waller Field, Trinidad is disbanded.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 16 B-25's pound the Gokteik Viaduct, damaging the N end.

Four others bomb the Maymyo railroad yards. Five B-24's bomb the Sule Pagoda wharves at Rangoon. Four P-40's and a B-25 hit Mohnyin, while 6 P-4O's attack a camp S of Weshi.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack the Messina ferry; bombs hit the target area and nearby marshalling yard and the city area.

In the Mediterranean, P-4O's fly fighter-bomber mission s against shipping with excellent results, claiming 1destroyer and 3 other vessels sunk, and 2 destroyers and 2 boats damaged. Fighters claim 5 Bf 109's shotdown; 3 P-40's are lost.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's and P-38's hit shipping off Tunisia while B-26's strike shipping near Cap Bon and the Tunis-Medjez el Bab highway. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers, hit positions near Mateur, Bir Meherga, and Ksar Tyr, concentrations near Furna, shipping in the Gulf of Tunis and near Cap Bon, and attack isolated vehicles and troops along the battleline as the US II Corps makes substantial gains in the Jefna area.

The 97BS(L), 47BG(L) with A-20's transfers from Thelepte, Tunisia to Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 5 B-17's bomb a bivouac area and revetments at Kahili Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24's bomb Lae and airfields at Cape Gloucester and Gasmata.

MAY 1943

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 1 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 16 attack missions on Kiska and Attu are flown by 16 B-24's, 15 B-25's, 35 P-38's, 38 P-40's, and 4 F-5A's. Kiska targets include the Main Camp, hangar, submarine base (where a fire is started), runway, radar, ship, North Head, AA guns and Gertrude Cove. Attu targets include E Attu, Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbor installations.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, the forward echelon of the 14AF, under Colonel Clinton D Vincent and Lieutenant Colonel David L ("Tex") Hill, moves into E China along the Hengyang-Kweilin line. This brings US aircraft within range of all major Japanese-held bases from N China to Indochina and Thailand, and makes shipping in the China Sea more vulnerable to US air strikes.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 53: 78 B-17's are dispatched against the Sainte-Nazaire, France U-boat base and shipyard. They find bad weather over the target and only 29 B-17's hit the target between 1125 and 1131 hours local. We claim 18-6-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17's are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 20 others are damaged. Casualties are 3 KIA, 17 WIA and 73 MIA. At the same time, 24 B-24's fly a diversion along the Brittany Coast.

HQ 351BG(H) arrives at Polebrook, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's bomb the harbor at Reggio di Calibre.

In Tunisia, P-40's bomb and strafe shipping and shore installations on the NE coastline.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's and P-38's fly uneventful shipping sweeps.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and A-20's hit shipping in the Gulf of Tunis and jetties at Sidi Daoud and Kelibia, and attack positions in the NE Tunisian battle area as Allied ground forces regroup for the final Tunisian offensive.

During the month of May, the 2Air Defense Wing transfers from Oran, Algeria to Maison Blanche, Algeria. The wing will be redesignated the 63FW in Jul 43.

During the month of May, the 15BS(L), 12AF with A-20's and A-36's transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Sale, French Morocco. The squadron flew the first USAAF Mission in Europe but is now relegated to a training role.

The 81 and 82BS(M), 12BG(M) with B-25's transfer from Canrobert, Algeria to Thibar, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's bomb the landing strip at Nabire and hit a vessel in Manokwari harbor.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 2 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-25's, 8 P-40's, and 8 P-38's fly bombing, photographic and attack missions to Kiska. Targets include North Head, South Head and buildings and AA gun batteries on Gertrude Cove.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 17 P-40's intercept 30-40 fighters near Lingling and in a running battle to just N of Changsha claim at least 7 Zekes downed. One P-40 is shot down.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's attack shipping off the coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, bad weather restricts the Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) to reconnaissance missions. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters hit tank and troop concentrations near Massicault and Tebourba and fly battle area reconnaissance as the US II Corps occupies Kef en Nsour while the enemy withdraws toward Bizerte.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's on harassing strikes hit the Rekata Bay area and Munda Airfield. P-38's and P-39's join Navy aircraft in pounding the runway area at Munda.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In Timor, B-25's bomb Penfoei.

In New Guinea, other B-25's unsuccessfully attack a vessel off Toeal. A single B-17 bombs dock area at Finschhafen.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 3 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 7 B-24's, 11 B-25's, 20 P-38's, 27 P-40's and 2 F-5A's participate in a weather reconnaissance mission to Attu and in 9 attack missions to Kiska. Kiska targets include the Main Camp, North Head, radar, and runway.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): In Iceland, Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews, the USAAF officer who is Commanding General European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army (ETOUSA), is killed in an aircraft crash while landing. There has been speculation over the years whether Andrews instead of Eisenhower would have commanded the Allied forces in Europe if he had lived. Camp Springs Army Air Field, Camp Springs, Maryland was renamed Andrews Army Air Field (now AF Base) in 1945 in his memory.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's fly fighter-bomber mission s against a bridge, buildings, and docks in the NE part of the country.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's bomb a landing ground near Protville and B-17's hit shipping at Bizerte.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters fly numerous reconnaissance missions over the battle area as Mateur falls to the US 1 Armored Division. Other fighters escort NASAF bombers. Fighter-bombers bomb the Massicault area.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-40's and P-38's join Navy dive bombers and fighters in attacks on buildings and AA positions in the Rekata Bay area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's strafe the airfield at Gasmata while a B-17 strafes launches N of Lolobau Island, claiming 1boat sunk.

HQ 54TCW transfers from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 4 MAY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 5 B-24's, 6 B-25's, 8 P-38's, 2 P-40's and 2 F-5A's take off on 2 Kiska and Attu missions. Missions to Kiska abort due to weather. At Attu targets include Chichagof Harbor, AA positions at Holtz Bay, and a floatplane.

The 36BS(H), 28th Composite Group with B-24's transfers from Fort Greeley on Kodiak Island to Amchitka Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 397BS(H), 6BG(H) with B-24's and LB-30's transfers from Talara, Peru to Rio Hato, Panama.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 18 B-24's bomb dock installations, coal yards, and oil storage area at Samah on Hainan Island; 9 B-25's pound docks at Haiphong; 19 P-40's escort B-17's and B-25's to Hanoi and then proceed with B-25's to Haiphong and strafe the target area following the bombing strike.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission No. 54: 79 B-17's are dispatched against the former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp, Belgium; 65 aircraft hit the target between 1839 and 1843 hours local. We claim 10-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 16 B-17's are damaged. Casualties are 3 WIA. The B-17's are escorted by 117 P-47C's up to 175 miles (280 km) from base. A diversion is flown by 20 B-17's and 13 B-24's towards the French coast arousing more than 100 German fighters (about half of the total number in the region) and keeping many of them airborne long enough to prevent their attacking the main effort. None of the 33 diversionary aircraft are damaged or lost.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack shipping at Reggio di Calabria and Taranto.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit Zaghouan, including a landing ground and a road running to Bou Ficha. P-40's fly sea patrol and escort, as well as fighter-bomber mission s in the Zaghouan area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Tunisia, weather restricts Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) operations to a reconnaissance and uneventful shipping sweep; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters attack gun positions and vehicles near Zaghouan and Massicault and at other points in the surrounding areas. A-20's and medium bombers hit Zaghouan in support of the French advance.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's fly snooper strikes during the night of 3/4 May against Vila Airfield and the Rekata Bay area. P-40's join Navy aircraft in a strike on Vangavanga.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's bomb Babo and the town area, harbor, and shipping at Wewak.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, single B-24's hit barges off the N coast of New Britain.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 5 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the weather reconnaissance airplane over Attu observes a floatplane burning on the water. Fourteen B-24's, 17 B-25's, 16 P-38's, 32 P-40's, and 5 F-5A's fly 4 attack missions to Attu and 6 [partly with Royal Canadian AF (RCAF) pilots] to Kiska. Bombs are dropped on Attu installations and fighters strafe and set afire 1seaplane and silence AA guns. Targets include Main Camp, a radar site, North and South Head, runway, and Gertrude Cove installations.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 73FS, 318FG with P-40's transfers from NAS Kaneohe to Mokuleia both in the Territory of Hawaii. The squadron will begin transitioning to razorback P-47D's in late 1943.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, P-40's strafe and bomb a bridge, vessels, docks, warehouses, and other buildings at Nabeul harbor.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-l7's bomb a vessel off Capo San Vito.

In Italy, B-25's and B-26's bomb shipping off Marettimo Island.

In Tunisia, NASAF B-17's hit Tunis harbor and attack ships and docks at La Goulette. B-25's and B-26's bomb shipping E of Cape Zebib, and hit a landing ground at Galaat el Andeless and near Protville. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and bombers fly 6 missions against strongholds on the NE and E slopes of Djebel Bou Aoukaz as the British 5 Corps' 1Division attacks and gains the position. Fighters hit shipping in Gulf of Tunis and attack landing grounds and concentrations near Protville. Wellingtons bomb roads at Bir Meherga.

After regrouping and re-equipping, HQ 14FG and it's 37th and 49FSs with P-38's transfer from Mediouna, French Morocco to Telergma, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's and Navy F4U's administer thorough strafing to Nyanga.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's pound Toeal.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, a lone B-24 bombs airfields at Cape Gloucester and Gasmata.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 6 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, B-24's, B-25's and P-38's drop over 52 tons (47.2 tonnes) on Attu targets including Holtz Bay, Sarana Bay, and the Chichagof Harbor area and nearby gun positions. Kiska is also hit. Targets include radar gun positions and the Gertrude Cove and Main Camp areas. Returning P-38's also bomb and strafe a hut on Rat Island. P-40's blast Kiska and Little Kiska.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's bomb Reggio di Calabria harbor, hitting several vessels and shore installations.

In Tunisia, B-25's attack Furna and Massicault and surrounding areas.

P-40's hit shipping in the Gulf of Tunis and vehicles and buildings along the coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's, escorted by fighters, bomb Marsala and Trapani.

In Italy, B-25's and B-26's, escorted by fighters, bomb a convoy SW of Marettimo Island, the port of Favignana, and vessels W of Mitrettimo.

In Tunisia, the British 18 Army Group opens the final assault on Tunis and Bizerte before dawn. The assault is supported by massed artillery fire and the most intensive air bombardment yet employed in North Africa.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) airplanes bomb El Aouina, La Sebala, and Ariana Airfields during the night of 5/6 May. Today, fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers fly over 1,400 sorties, attacking Protville and La Sebala Airfields, trucks on the Massicault-Tunis road, Bordj Frendj, Djebel Achour, traffic SW of Tunis, troops N of Massicault, the Djedeida-Saint-Cyprien road, the road S of Djedeida, and numerous other points of strength in extreme NE Tunisia. B-25's and B-26's bomb 2 beached vessels at Cape Zebib, and ships, a lighthouse, and parked aircraft near Capes Fortass, Zebib, Cap Serrat and at Protville. Fighters escort the bombing missions.

The 48FS, 14FG with P-38's transfers from Mediouna, French Morocco to Telergma, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-40's and Navy dive bombers and fighters hit Munda Airfield. During the evening, B-24's carry out harassing strikes on Kahili Airfield and on Fauro and Balla Island.

HQ 4(Photo)Reconnaissance and Mapping Group transfers from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's hit forces in the Green's Hill area. Single B-24's hit Madang and Finschhafen while other B-24's hit Manokwari and Toeal.

In Timor, B-25's pound Dili.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 7 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, an attempted Mission to Kiska by 6 P-40's is aborted due to weather.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): In England, Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers is appointed Commanding General European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army replacing General Andrews who was killed in Iceland on MONDAY.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's hit the town of Kelibia. P-40's bomb and strafe shipping in the Gulf of Tunis, severely damaging 3 boats.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 6/7 May, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the docks and shipping at Trapani as a diversion for a mine-laying Mission off Malta.

In Tunisia, NASAF P-40's attack motor vessels, the quay and dock area at Tunis harbor. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers hit El Aouina Airfield and traffic on the roads around Tunis, especially the Tunis-Bizerte road, as the Allied forces of Lieutenant General Harold R. Alexander's 18 Army Group overrun both Tunis and Bizerte, splitting the enemy's forces.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's bomb the airfield, supply dumps, and other targets at Madang while A-20's hit forces in the Green's Hill area.

In Timor, B-25's pound Penfoei.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 8 MAY 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 16 B-24's and 11 B-25's bomb Tien Ho Airfield, the shop and factory area, and White Cloud Airfield at Canton. The 24 escorting P-40's strafe the target areas following the bombing strikes. Considerable damage is done, including the destruction of about 20 enemy aircraft.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the Mediterranean, B-25's hit the landing ground on Pantelleria Island.

In Tunisia, P-40's strafe and bomb shipping in the Cap Bon area and shipping and shore installations on the Gulf of Tunis. Fighters claim 5 Bf 109's destroyed.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) P-38's and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and A-20's bomb the landing ground on Pantelleria Island.

In Tunisia, NASAF B-26's and P-4O's attack small vessels off NE Tunisia. Weather prevents the success of other shipping sweeps, but B-25's hit a road junction and railroad at Korba and a highway N of Beni Khalled. P-40's bomb docks near Thonara. NATAF fighters and A-20's bomb shipping between Tunisia and Sicily, convoys and road network near Soliman and Hammamet, tanks near Protville, troops, emplacements, trucks, landing grounds, and vessels on and near Cap Bon and in the area S of Tunis.

On the ground, CORPS FRANC D'AFRIQUE makes an official entry into Bizerte as the British 7 Armored Division pushes N from Tunis toward the US II Corps zone. The British 6 Armored and Indian 4 Infantry Divisions, pushing SE toward Hammamet, are stopped at Hammam Lif as the enemy strives to keep their line of retreat to the Cap Bon peninsula open. The British 5 Corps' l Division and 4 Indian Division push E with the French 19th Corps which meets firm resistance near Zaghouan.

HQ 52Troop Carrier Wing arrives at Oujda, French Morocco from the US. This begins the buildup of troop carrier units for the planned airborne assault on Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-4O's join Navy aircraft in an attack on destroyers in Blackett Strait. Other P-40's and P-38's hit AA positions at Vila.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's claim the destruction of 2 cargo vessels at Madang.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's bomb the airfield at Rabaul, and single B-17's attack barges and small boats off the N coast of New Britain.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 9 MAY 1943

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack harbor facilities at Messina, scoring hits on the ferry terminal, roundhouse, 2 ferries, and a ship.

In the Mediterranean, B-25's hit the landing ground on Pantelleria Island.

In Tunisia, over 300 P-40's fly escort and reconnaissance missions, and strafing and bombing raids on landing grounds vessels, vehicles, bridges, and gun positions in the areas of Zembra Island, Cap Bon, and Pantelleria Island.

HQ 316TCG transfers from Fayidk Egypt to Nouvion, Algeria and begins training for the invasion of Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 9/10 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Villacidro, Elmas, and Decimomannu Airfields.

In Sicily, B-17's, with P-38 escort, bomb Palermo; B-26's follow immediately with an attack on the same target.

In Tunisia during the night of 9/10 May, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) Blenheims, bomb troops and vehicle concentrations in the Homemade-Nabeul-Menzel Bou Zelfa-Soliman-Tazorhrane areas. Fighter sweeps over the battle area, provide cover for destroyers, strafe barges, bomb buildings in the battle area, strafe trucks between Hammamet and Soliman and bomb a landing ground near Menzel Temime. A-20's and medium bombers also bomb shipping, hit concentrations in the battle area and in the town of Soliman, and bomb the airfield on Pantelleria Island. The US II Corps receives the unconditional surrender of enemy troops in its zone.

HQ 313TCG and it's 47th and 49TCS with C-47's arrive at Oujda, French Morocco from the US and begin training for the invasion of Sicily.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's and B-17's bomb Manokwari, Nabire, Kaimana, and Madang Airfield, and the Wewak-But area.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's hit the airfield at Gasmata.

The 89BS (Dive), 3BG (Dive) with A-20's transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea.

Both the squadron and group will be redesignated BG/Squadron(L) on 25 May 43 to reflect it's true equipment and mission.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 10 MAY 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 P-40's bomb and strafe Kwitu, leaving several areas burning fiercely.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 8 P-40's fly an offensive sweep against communications in the Nam Dinh and Hanoi areas. Four locomotives and 3 riverboats are destroyed, a train carrying troops and supplies is heavily damaged, and several trucks of troops are destroyed.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the Mediterranean B-25's and P-40's bomb Pantelleria landing ground.

In Tunisia, P-40's bomb the Medi and Cap Bon peninsula. Fighters claim 4 airplanes destroyed.

The 36th and 44TCSs, 316TCG with C-47's transfer from Egypt to Nouvion, Algeria and begin training for the aerial assault on Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 9/10 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Palermo and the surrounding area. B-17's follow up, shortly past noon, with raids on the airfields at Milo and Bo Rizzo.

In Tunisia, Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers attack Pantelleria harbor in the Mediterranean, Korba bridge, Menzel Temime landing ground, Kelibia areas, and town of Menzel Bou Zelfa. Numerous motor transport and troop concentrations on Cap Bon peninsula are bombed and strafed as British 6 Armored Division drives to Hammamet, cutting off the peninsula.

HQ 17BG(M) transfers from Telergma, Algeria to Sedrata, Algeria.

The ground echelon of the 414NPS, 12AF, arrives at La Senia, Algeria from the U.S. The air echelon is in England training on Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's join Navy and Marine aircraft in a strike against gun emplacements, runway, and revetments at Munda Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe the Labu area.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's pound Cape Gloucester Airfield. B-17's and B-24's, operating individually attack coastline targets in NE New Guinea; New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago; and on Jamdena Island in the Sunda Islands.

The 35FS, 8FG with P-39's transfers from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 11 May 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, the following missions are flown to support US forces landing on Attu: 1air-ground liaison sortie by 1 B-24; a B-24 supply sortie dropping supplies to ground forces; and 5 attack missions, flown by 11 B-24's and 12 B-25's. The first attack mission cannot find the target and instrument-bombs targets which include the runway, radar, submarine base, and camp area. Because of poor visibility the next 2 missions hit Kiska, where the runway and Main Camp are attacked. Two B-24's then bomb the Chichagof Harbor area through fog while another drops leaflets on Attu.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 26BS(H), 11BG(H), with B-17's, transfers from Bellows Field to Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii and begins transitioning to B-24D's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24's pound Syriam, causing large fires in the town area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 94BG(H) and it's 331, 332d, 333and 410BS(H) with B-17F's, arrive at Earls Colne, England from the US. The group will fly it's first combat mission on THURSDAY.

The 334th, 335th, 336th and 412BS(H), 95BG(H), with B-17F's, arrive at Framlingham, England from the US. The squadrons will fly their first combat mission on

USAAF Star THURSDAY.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's strike Catania harbor, severely damaging the harbor area and several ships.

In Tunisia, B-25's strike the battle area in NE Tunisia. P-40's fly escort and armed reconnaissance, and carry out bombing and strafing missions in the Cap Bon area against motor transport, concentrations, roads, docks, and AA batteries.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's, B-26's, and B-25's bomb Marsala, hitting the warehouse, docks, railroad yards, seaplane base, and city area.

In Italy, NASAF P-40's bomb and strafe harbor at San Michele. In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and A-20's attack vehicles, gun positions and troop concentrations in the Zaghouan-Sainte-Marie du Zit area and on Cap Bon as the British 4 Division completes an uneventful sweep around the Cap Bon peninsula, revealing no important forces there. Resistance in the Zaghouan sector weakens.

The 29th and 48TCSs, 313TCG, with C-47's arrive at Oujda, French Morocco from the US.

The 310th, 311th and 312BSs (Dive), 86BG (Dive), with A-36's, arrive at La Senia, Algeria from the US.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, B-17's fly harassing strikes during the night of 10/11 May against Kahili Airfield and Shortland Island.

The 390BS(M), 42BG(M) with B-25's, transfers from the Fiji Islands to Guadalcanal.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's and B-24's hit the airfield and general area at Rabaul.

In Timor, B-25's bomb Penfoei and Dili.

The 403BS(H), 43BG(H), with B-24's transfers from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, a P-39 reconnaissance sortie over Kiska and Rat Island encounters poor weather and turns back. At Attu, an air-ground liaison B-24 watches US forces land on beach "Red" while another B-24 drops supplies. Seven attack missions flown by 10 B-24's, 12 B-25's, and 24 P-38's bomb and strafe assigned Attu targets. Four barges are set afire in the W arm of Holtz Bay.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 95BG(H) arrives at Framlingham, England from the US.

HQ 323BG(M) and it's 453and 455BSS(M) with B-26C's arrive at Horham, England from the US.

The group will fly it's first combat mission on FRIDAY.

The 14(Photo)S(L), 3(Photo)G, with F-5A's, arrives at Mount Farm, England from the US.

The 337th, 338th, 339th and 413BS(H), 96BG(H) with B-17F's, arrive at Great Saling, England from the US. The squadrons will fly their first combat mission tomorrow.

The 417NPS, VIII Fighter Command arrives at Ayr, Scotland from the US. and begins training with Beaufighters.

The 508, 509th 510th and 511BS(H), 351BG(H), with B-17F's, arrive at Polebrook, England from the US. They will fly their first combat mission on FRIDAY.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia, B-25's bomb targets in the battle area in NE Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the docks at Marsala during the night of 11/12 May; some bombs fall on Mazara del Vallo and Trapani.

In Tunisia, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, A-20's, and medium bombers fly sweeps and tactical reconnaissance over the battle area and hit positions S of Bou Ficha which form the last link between the enemy forces and the sea. By night, enemy resistance in the S is almost ended. Enemy troops, including Colonel-General Jurgen von Arnim, Commander-in-Chief, Army Group Africa, are surrendering en masse.

HQ 86BG (Dive) and it's 309BS(Dive) with A-36's arrive at La Senia, Algeria from the US.

The 92FS, 81FG, with P-39's, transfers from Maison Blanche, Algeria to Warnier, Algeria.

The ground echelon of the 415NPS, 12AF arrives at La Senia, Algeria from the US.

The air echelon is in England training with Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons during the night of 11/12 May, B-17's fly snooper strikes against Kahili Airfield. During the early morning hours, P-40's and Navy aircraft hit AA positions, runway and revetments there.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb the airfield and surrounding area at Finschhafen.

In the Moluccas B-24's hit Saumlakki.

Single heavy bombers hit Salamaua, New Guinea and Gasmata in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 13 MAY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, bad weather keeps the air-ground liaison B-24 from observing or hearing friendly ground forces on Attu and it returns to base. An air-ground support Mission of 6 B-24's divert from Attu to Kiska; 2 of the bombers don't get the message, proceed to Attu, and bomb

Chichagof Harbor and Holtz Bay. The other 4 bomb the Main Camp area. Eight P-40's dispatched to Kiska in 2 waves cannot see the target and instead bomb Little Kiska installations.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 29BS(H), 6BG(H), with B-24's, transfers from Anton, Panama to the Galapagos Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): The 76FS, 23FG, with P-40's, transfers from Kunming, China to Lingling, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 55: 97 B-17s' are dispatched against the Avions Potez aircraft factory at Meaulte, France; 88 aircraft hit the target at 1628-1630 hours local. We claim 11-31-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 3 and 11others are damaged. Casualties are 1 WIA and 31 MIA. In a second raid, 72 B-17's are dispatched against the Longuenesse and Ft. Rouge Airfields at St. Omer, France; 31bomb Longuenesse at 1637-1638 hours; 1 B-17 is lost and 1 is damaged beyond repair. Casualties are 1 KIA and 2 WIA.

The 416NPS, VIII Fighter Command arrives at Honiley, England from the US. Detachments are dispersed to Cranfield, Usworth and Bath to train with Beaufighters under control of the RAF.

The 456BS(M), 323BG(M), with B-26C's, arrives at Horham, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-25's bomb Augusta while RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX BC, attack the Messina ferry terminal.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the area of the railroad station, marshalling yard and docks in Naples during the night of 12/13 May.

In Sardinia, B-17's, B-25's and B-26's from 7 bomb groups, escorted by fighters from 4 FGs, bomb Cagliari, hitting shipping, the dock area, marshaling yard, oil dump, chemical plant, and city area.

In Tunisia, the Tunisian campaign ends with the surrender of Marshall Giovanni Messe, commander of Axis forces in Africa.

HQ 51TCW transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Mascara, Algeria.

HQ 60TCG and it's 11th and 28TCS with C-47's, transfer from Relizane, Algeria to Thiersville, Algeria.

The 34th, 37th and 432BS(M), 17BG(M), with B-26's transfer from Telergma, Algeria to Sedrata, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons during the night of 12/13 May, 2 B-24's on snooper missions bomb Kahili and Ballale Airfields. They are followed shortly by 6 B-17's which pound the same targets. During the day, 34 P-38's, P-39's, and P-40's, along with 62 Navy and Marine fighters and (RNZAF) P-40's, intercept 20+ airplanes over the Russell Island-Tulagi area. Allied pilots claim 16 aircraft shot down (1by USAAF fighters). During the early evening, 5 B-17's again hit Kahili and Ballale Airfields.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-17's bomb airfields at Rabaul on New Britain Island and Wewak and Boram in New Guinea.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's blast the airfield, town area, and targets of opportunity at Gasmata while A-20's hit Cape Gloucester Airfield and area.

Single B-24's and B-17's attack various shoreline and offshore targets, including landing strips, buildings, gun positions, barges, and vessels, on the NE New Guinea coast, New Britain, and in the Admiralty Islands.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 14 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, poor weather curtails bombings. The air-ground liaison B-24 flies reconnaissance and photo reconnaissance over Attu throughout the day. One B-24 carrying supplies for the ground forces hits a mountain side 10 miles (16 km) W of the drop zone. Six B-24 s and 5 B-25's fly ground support bombing missions over Attu. Two P-40's bomb Kiska through the overcast.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 56: A maximum force is put in the air as part of a combined offensive against the Wehrmacht. 154 B-17's, 21 B- 24's and 12 B-26's are dispatched against 4 targets. The principal attack is against submarine yards and naval installations at Kiel, Germany; 136 B-17's and 21 B-24's are dispatched with 126 B-17's and 17 B-24's hitting the target at 1200-1203 hours local. We claim 62-24-27 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 5 B-24's and 3 B-17's with 1 B-24 damaged beyond repair and 9 B-24's and 27 B-17's damaged. Casualties are 3 KIA, 17 WIA and 81 MIA. 42 B-17's are dispatched against the former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp, Belgium; 38 hit the target at 1320 hours local; we claim 5-1-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 1 and 15 others and damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 10 MIA; in the third raid, 39 B-17's are dispatched against Courtrai Airfield, France; 34 hit the target; we claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 2 B-17's and 10 others are damaged; casualties are 20 MIA. In the 4th raid, 12 B-26's are dispatched against the Velsen power station at Ijmuiden, The Netherlands; 11 hit the target at 1100 hours; 1 B-26 is damaged beyond repair when it crashes upon returning to base and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 7 MIA. This is first time more than 200 US bombers are dispatched. The attack at Ijmuiden is made at low level by the 322BG(M), the first US medium bomber group to become operational in the UK.

The Antwerp Mission is escorted by 118 P-47's; they claim 4-6-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 3 P-47's and 1 is damaged; casualties are 3 MIA.

A detachment of the 416NPS, VIII Fighter Command is sent to Bristol, England for training with the RAF.

The 417NPS, VIII Fighter Command transfers from Ayr, Scotland to Cranfield, England. The squadron is training on Beaufighters with the RAF and has detachments at Ayr, Uxbridge, Coltishall and Bristol, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's fly sea patrol and escort for bombers.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 13/14 May, Wellingtons hit Cagliari.

During the day, B-25's and P-38 escorts bomb the dock and town area of Olbia claiming destruction of 3 vessels. B-26's hit Porto Ponte Romano.

In Italy, B-17's bomb Civitavecchia. During the day, P-38's bomb tunnel, barracks, airfield, industry, power station, and town areas at Sassari and Abbasanta, Italy; and Alghero and Porto Torres, Sardinia.

HQ 1Air Defense Wing transfers from Casablanca, French Morocco to Sousse, Tunisia. The unit will be redesignated the 62FW in Jul 43.

The 10TCS, 60TCG, with C-47's, transfers from Relizane, Algeria to Thiersville, Algeria.

The 14TCS, 61TCG, with C-47's, arrives at Lourmel, Algeria from the US.

The 95BS(M), 17BG(M), with B-26's, transfers from Telergma, Algeria to Sedrata, Algeria.

The 347FS, 350FG, with P-39's, transfers from Le Sers, Tunisia to Djidjelli, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, single B-24's fly early evening snooper strikes against airfields at Kahili, Ballale, and Munda. During the night of 14/15 May, B-17's on a snooper Mission bomb Kahili SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's administer a thorough pounding to the airfield and surrounding area at Gasmata while B-24's and B-17's pound Rabaul Airfield.

In Timor, B-25's bomb Penfoei Airfield and the Dili area.

Single heavy bombers hit various targets in NE New Guinea, New Britain and the Netherlands East Indies.

The 475FG and it's 431, 432 and 433FSs are activated at Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia. The unit will be equipped with P-38F and H aircraft and will enter combat in Aug 43.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 15 MAY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, weather again curtails operations. The air-ground liaison B-24 observes and directs air operations at Attu throughout the day as visibility permits and directs a supply drop for ground forces by another B-24 in 2 air-ground support missions. Six B-24's bomb Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbor and 6 P-38's strafe AA installations in the Holtz Bay area.

CARIBBEAN (Antilles Air Command): HQ VI Fighter Command transfers from Henry Barracks, Puerto Rico to Waller Field, Trinidad.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 7 B-24's from Midway Island bomb Wake Island; 4 others abort and 7 others fail to find the target. 22 fighters intercept the formation; the B-24's claim 4 shot down; 1 B-24 is lost.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 25-35 Japanese bombers and 30-40 fighters attack Kunming. Nearly all of the bombs fall in W and SW of the airfield, causing little damage. 28 P-40's intercept, claiming 13 fighters and 2 bombers shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 57: 113 B-17's are dispatched against various targets in Germany as well as airfield and naval installations on Helgoland Island and the naval base and submarine construction works at Wilhelmshaven; 76 bomb the targets at 1050-1055 hours local; we claim 29-20-30 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed; we lose 5 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 26 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 51 MIA. 80 B-17's are dispatched against the U-boat yard, marshalling yard and airfield at Emden, Germany; 59 bomb at 1056-1103 hours local; they claim 14-3-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 1 B-17 and 9 others are damaged; casualties are 10 MIA.

116 P-47's are dispatched on a high altitude sweep of the Amsterdam/Rotterdam area prior to the bombing raids; they claim 2 Luftwaffe aircraft damaged; 1 P-47 is lost and the pilot is listed as MIA.

The 109OS, 67OG, with Spitfire VB's, transfers from Atcham, England to Membury, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the Mediterranean, P-40's fly sea patrol.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Palermo during the night of 14/15 May.

In the Mediterranean, the Northwest Coastal AF (NACAF) maintains sea patrol and reconnaissance over large area from the W coast of Italy over Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, and as far N as Marseilles, France.

HQ 31FG transfers from Le Sers, Tunisia to Korba, Tunisia.

HQ 61TCG and it's 15th, 53and 59TCS, with C-47's, arrive at Lourmel, French Morocco from the US.

The 58FS, 33FG, with P-40's, transfers from Ebba Ksour, Tunisia to Menzel Temime, Tunisia.

The 307FS, 31FG, with Spitfires, transfers from Le Sers, Tunisia to Korba, Tunisia.

The 309th, 310th and 312BSs (Dive), 86BG (Dive), with A-36's, transfer from La Senia, Algeria to Mediouna, French Morocco.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's pound the airfield at Lae; A-20's strafe the aircraft and building at Lae; and B-24's hit Nabire.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's pound the airfield at Gasmata; B-24's bomb the airfield at Rabaul; and single heavy bombers hit Gasmata, Cape Gloucester, and barges SW of Ubili.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 16 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, the air-ground liaison B-24 bombs Chichagof Harbor with unobserved results. Another B-24 drops supplies to ground forces on Attu. 8 B-24's, 12 B-25's, and 12 P-38's fly ground support missions to Attu; because of weather, only the P-38's get through and strafe AA guns, installations and barges, scoring several hits. The bombers are directed to bomb Kiska. 2 P-40's fly reconnaissance mission over Kiska.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's escort shipping off the Mediterranean coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Trapani during the night of 15/16 May.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) planes fly sea patrol, reconnaissance, and convoy escort.

The 51TCS (C-47's), 62TCG, transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Matemore, Algeria.

HQ 350FG transfers from Oran, Algeria to Maison Blanche, Algeria. It's 345FS (P-39's) transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Maison Blanche, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Celebes, B-24's bomb the Kendari Airfield area.

Single heavy bombers attack coastal or offshore targets in NE New Guinea, New Britain, and New Ireland.

HQ 8FG transfers from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 17 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 2 attempted ground support missions to Attu by a B-24, 5 B-25's, and 6 P-38's are recalled due to weather.

The detachment of the 11FS (P-40's), 343FG that has been operating from Amchitka returns to it's base at Adak.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 58: 159 B-17's are dispatched to hit the port area and U-boat base at Lorient, France; 118 bomb the target at 1213-1217 hours local; we claim 47-8-29 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 6 B-17's, another is damaged beyond repair and 27 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 8 WIA and 57 MIA. An additional 39 B-17's are dispatched to hit the docks and sub pens at Bordeaux, France; 34 bomb at 1238-1244 hours local; we claim 0-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 1 B-17 and another is damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 11 MIA. In a third mission 11 B-26's of the 322BG(M) are dispatched on a low-level mission to bomb power stations at Haarlem and Ijmuiden, The Netherlands; 1 B-26 aborts, the other 10 are all shot down before they reach the target; casualties are 58 MIA. This mission prompts the 8AF to abandon low-level medium bomber attacks.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the Lido di Roma seaplane base and drop leaflets over Rome.

The 8TCS (C-47's), 62TCG, transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Matemore, Algeria.

The 309FS Spitfires), 31FG, transfers with Spitfires from Le Sers, Tunisia to Korba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-39's and Navy airplanes bomb and strafe a bivouac and AA positions in the Rekata Bay area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In Timor, B-25's bomb Dili, Penfoei, and Barique.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's bomb Gasmata; single heavy bombers hit Gasmata and Cape Gloucester.

In New Guinea, single heavy bombers hit Lae and Finschhafen.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 18 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-24's, weathered out of Attu, bomb the Gertrude Cove area on Kiska Island leaving large fires. 4 P-40's reconnoiter Kiska and strafe barges. 1 B-25 flies photo reconnaissance over Kiska.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) plan for the round-the-clock bombing of the enemy from the UK by the RAF and 8AF is approve by the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS). The 8AF now has authorization to proceed with daylight strategic bombing within the type of combined offensive it has long wished to initiate. The CBO plan lists the destruction of German fighters as the immediate priority objective.

Primary objectives in order are German submarine yards and bases, the German aircraft industry, ball bearings, and oil (the last being contingent upon attacks from the Mediterranean against Ploesti, Rumania).

Secondary objectives in order of priority are synthetic rubber and tires, and military motor transport vehicles.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of l7/l8 May, Wellingtons bomb the Alghero-Sassari area.

In the Mediterranean during the day, the Northwest African AF (NAAF) begins a strong air offensive against Pantelleria Island in conjunction with a naval blockade. Over 80 B-25's and B-26's, escorted by P-38's, blast the island, hitting Porto di Pantelleria and Marghana Airfield.

In Sicily, B-17's, with fighter escort, bomb Trapani.

The 4TCS, 62TCG, transfers with C-47's from Nouvion, Algeria to Matemore, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, heavy bombers, operating individually, hit Gasmata and Rabaul Airfields twice and Cape Gloucester, and Arawe; in addition to Lorengau in the Admiralty Islands once.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 19 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-24's and 11 B-25's fly 3 air-ground support missions to Attu Island, bombing the Sarana Valley. 4 P-40's fly 2 reconnaissance missions to Kiska Island.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): HQ 402BG(M) is activated at Kunming, China. No squadrons are assigned and headquarters is never fully manned.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 59: 123 B-17's are dispatched against the U-boat yards at Kiel, Germany; 103 bomb the target at 1329-1333 hours local; we claim 48-7-21 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 6 B-17's and 28 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 60 MIA. A smaller force, 64 B-17's, is dispatched against the naval yards at Flensburg, Germany; 55 attack the target at 1325-1328 hours local; we claim 12-4-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; 9 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA and 4 WIA. An uneventful diversion is flown by 24 B-17's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Tunisia after 2 days of sand storms, aircraft are again airborne. P-40's fly escort for ships in area E of Kelibia off Cap Bon peninsula.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia, B-25's hit Milis and Villacidro Airfields while B-26's bomb Monserrato and Elmas Airfields, the outskirts of Quarto Sant'Elena, and Cagliari harbor.

In Sicily, B-17's bomb Milo Airfield at Trapani.

The 7TCS, 62TCG which has been operating from bases in Egypt and Palestine with C-47's, returns to Nouvion, Algeria.

The 154OS, 68OG, transfers with A-20's and P-38's from Le Sers, Tunisia to Korba, Tunisia.

The 317FS, 325FG, transfers with P-40's from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Montesquieu, Algeria and flies it's first combat mission .

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's hit the airfield at Gasmata. Single heavy bombers hit Gasmata twice during the day. In New Guinea, B-25's attack the Salamaua area and targets of opportunity off the NE coast of the Huon Peninsula. In Timor, B-24's hit Penfoei.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 20 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, all air-ground support missions to Attu are cancelled due to weather. 20 P-40's bomb the Main Camp and submarine area at Kiska, and strafe barges in the harbor. The remaining Japanese on Attu are concentrated in the Chichagof Harbor area.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 490BS(M), 341BS(M) based at Ondal, India begins operating from Chakulia, India with B-25's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 524th, 525th, 526th and 527BS(H), 379BG(H) arrive at Kimbolton, England from the US with B-17F's. They will fly their first Mission on 29 May 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the Mediterranean, P-40's escort ships and fly sea patrol off Cap Bon and in the Kelibia area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of l9/2O May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Villacidro and Decimomannu Airfields. During the day, P-38's bomb Milis Airfield and targets of opportunity at Bonorva while B-25's bomb Villacidro, Alghero, and Decimomannu Airfields In Italy, P-38's bomb the docks on the Gulf of Aranci, a railroad bridge NE of Perfugas, the Macomer rail junction, and targets of opportunity at Sassari, Bonnanaro, and Chilivani while B-17's strike Grosseto Airfield.

In the Mediterranean, P-38's and P-40's strafe and bomb Pantelleria Island.

HQ 33FG and it's 59FS transfer with P-40's from Ebba Ksour, Tunisia to Menzel Temime, Tunisia.

The 2d, 4th and 5FSs, 52FG transfer with Spitfires from Le Sers, Tunisia to La Sebala, Tunisia.

The 12TCS, 60TCG transfers with C-47's from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Relizane, Algeria.

The 308FS, 31FG transfers with Spitfires from Le Sers, Tunisia to Korba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons during the night of 20/21 May, heavy bombers on snooper missions bomb he Kahili area and Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, the airfield and surrounding areas on Gasmata Island are hit by A-20's during the night of 20/21 May and by B-17's during the day. B-17's and B-24's bomb Vunakanau Airfield. In New Guinea, B-25's sink several barges offshore between Madang and Cape Cretin. HQ 3BG (Dive) transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea. The group and it's 4 squadrons will be redesignated BG/Squadron(L) on 25 May to reflect their true aircraft.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 21 May 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 10 B-24's, 12 B-25's, and 24 P-38's are dispatched to Attu but only 3 missions, totalling 6 P-38's and 1 B-24, are able to bomb and strafe troops and installations. 4 other missions, after vainly waiting for a break in the overcast over Attu, bomb the Kiska submarine base through the overcast.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 60: 98 B-17's are dispatched against the U-boat yards at Wilhelmshaven, Germany; 77 hit the target at 1244-1245 hours local; we claim 47-5-17 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 7 B-17's with another 24 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 9 WIA and 60 MIA. A second, smaller strike of 63 B-17's is dispatched against the U-boat yards at Emden, Germany; 46 bomb the target at 1244-1246 hours local; we claim 31-6-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 5 B-17's with 2 others damaged beyond repair and 9 others damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 5 WIA and 50 MIA. At Wilhelmshaven German fighters are reported firing rockets.

VIII Fighter Command Field Order Number 105: 105 P-47's are dispatched on a fighter sweep in the Ostend/Ghent area; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 3 and all pilots are listed as MIA.

HQ 379BG(H) arrives at Kimbolton, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy during the night of 2O/2l May, RAF Liberators, under operational control of IX BC, bomb Messina and Reggio di Calabria. During the day, B-24's hit Vila San Giovanni and Reggio di Calabria; gunners claim 4 fighters destroyed.

In the Mediterranean, P-40's fly sea patrol off the NE Tunisian coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 20/21 May, Wellingtons hit Villacidro and Decimomannu Airfields and targets of opportunity. During the day, B-25's and B-26's bomb the same airfields.

In the Mediterranean, P-40's attack gun positions and targets of opportunity on Pantelleria Island.

In Sicily, B-17's hit hangars, repair shops, dispersal points, and a gun battery at Castelvetrano.

HQ 52FG transfers from Le Sers, Tunisia to La Sebala, Tunisia.

HQ 314TCG and it's 32d, 50th and 61TCS with C-47's arrive at Berguent, French Morocco from the US.

The 7TCS, 62TCG transfers with C-47's from Nouvion, Algeria to Matemore, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's bomb airfields in the Rabaul area while B-24's hit the airfield at Gasmata.

In New Guinea, Nabire Airfield is hit by B-24's. In the Moluccas, B-25's blast AA positions, supply dumps, and town area, at Saumlakki.

The 90BS (Dive), 3BG (Dive): transfers with B-25's from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea. The squadron will be redesignated BS(L) on the 25th.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 22 MAY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, bad weather forces cancellation of all missions. 15 enemy bombers make a torpedo attack on the gunboat USS Charleston (PG-51): and destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) patrolling Attu. The ships suffer only negligible damage.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 25th and 45BS(H), 40BG(H) transfer with B-24's and LB-30's to Howard Field, Canal Zone. The 25th was at Salinas, Ecuador and the 45th was on the Galapagos Islands.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 451BS(M), 322BG(M) transfers with B-26C's from Rattlesden, England to Rougham, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the Mediterranean, P-40's fly sea patrol off NE Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, as a diversion for a convoy passing off Sicily during the night of 21/22 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons fly intrusion missions dropping bombs on Castelvetrano, Sciacca, Milo, and Bo Rizzo Airfields.

In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters fly convoy escort.

The 60FS, 33FG transfers with P-40's from Ebba Ksour, Tunisia to Menzel Termime, Tunisia.

The 93FS, 81FG transfers with P-39's from Bone, Algeria to Monastir, Tunisia.

The 346FS, 350FG transfers with P-39's from Orleansville, Algeria to Maison Blanche, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's bomb the town of Kaimana and strafe power launches at Koer Island.

The 36FS, 8FG transfers with P-39's from Mareeba, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 23 MAY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, 6 B-24's and 12 B-25's fly 3 air-ground support missions to Attu. Due to bad weather they are routed to Kiska. Weather there is also poor and only 1 B-25 bombs the Main Camp area. Next, 3 B-24's and 18 P-38's fly 3 air cover missions to Attu. The last of these missions is notified by a PBY that 16 Japanese bombers are W of Attu. 5 of the P-38's then intercept the bombers over Attu, which jettison their bombs and close formation. The P-38's score 5 kills and 7 probables. 2 P-38's are lost.

The 344FS, 343FG begins a movement from Fort Glenn, Umnak Island to Shemya Island, both in the Aleutians. The air echelon is operating with P-40's from Amchitka Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 3BS(H), 6BG(H) transfers with B-24's from Talara, Peru to Salinas, Ecuador.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Territory of Hawaii, a flight of P-40's on patrol from Kauai bomb a submarine from 1,500 feet (457 m), after which an oil slick and debris are seen.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 417NPS, VIII Fighter Command based at Cranfield, England sends a detachment to Scorton, England to train with the RAF on Beaufighters.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the Mediterranean, P-40's fly convoy escort off Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's and B-26's bomb the docks and airfield on Pantelleria Island and P-40's attack gun positions on the island.

In Italy, P-38's attack the zinc works at Iglesias and Carloforte harbor on San Pietro Island.

The 91FS, 81FG transfers with P-39's from Bone, Algeria to Sfax, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 5 B-24's bomb the airfields at Kahili and Ballale Island during the night of 23/24 May. 10 B-17's, attempting a follow-up strike, abort because of bad weather. While other aircraft are successfully laying mines in the N Solomons in the Buin area, 19 B-17's and B-24's, in a diversionary raid, bomb the Buin-Kahili-Tonolai shoreline area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's and B-17's hit the harbor and airfield at Kavieng, the airfield at Gasmata, and the village of Ubili. The 13BS (Dive), 3BG (Dive): transfers with B-25's from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Dobodura, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 24 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 2 of 3 air-ground support missions to Attu, together 6 B-24's, 11 B-25's, and 1F-5A, bomb Attu. The third mission is cancelled, except for 2 B-25's which do not hear the cancelling order. 3 B-24's and 14 P-38's fly 3 more air cover missions over Attu but make no contacts.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's hit the Villa San Giovanni ferry slip and railroad yards, and ferry terminal and a nearby tanker at Reggio di Calabria.

The 45TCS, 316TCG transfers with C-47's from Libya to Nouvion, Algeria.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean during the night of 23/24 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the harbor and airfield at Pantelleria Island. During the day, NASAF and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters follow with more attacks on the airfield.

In Sardinia, P-40's, P-38's, B-25's, B-26's and B-17's, bomb targets including Carloforte harbor, factories, hangars, and oil dump at Alghero and the seaplane base at Porto Conte, the railroad bridge at Arbatax, the area near Macomer, the town of Iglesias, the harbor at La Maddalena Island, harbor, warehouses, and dump at Terranova, and the airfield at Olbia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's pound Lakunai Airfield at Rabaul while B-25's hit the runway at Gasmata. In Timor, B-25's bomb Penfoei.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 25 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 12 B-25's and 15 B-24's fly air-ground support and 4 B-24's and 20 P-38's fly air cover, all over Attu. 18 P-40's fly 1 reconnaissance and 2 attack missions to Kiska and Little Kiska.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): HQ 341BG(M) and it's 490BS(M) transfer to Kurmitola, India. Group HQ transfers from Chakulia, India while the 490th, which has been operating from Chakulia, India since 20 May, transfers with B-25's from Ondal, India.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's attack the Messina, Italy ferry docks and railroad yards.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 24/25 May, Wellingtons bomb the docks and marshalling yard at Olbia. Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) fighters, medium and heavy bombers bomb Portoscuso, Porto Empedocle, Boccadifalco Airfield, Licata harbor, and Milo Airfield.

In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) and NASAF P-40's and B-25's hit the airfield, shipping, and military concentrations on Pantelleria Island.

In Italy, NASAF fighter, medium and heavy bombers bomb Terranova, a tunnel near Macomer, and Messina.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Single heavy bombers bomb coastal airfields and villages; in New Guinea they hit Madang, Kakakog, and Simbang; in the Bismarck Archipelago, they hit Cape Gloucester and attack barges off Gavuvu.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 26 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 8 B-24's and 11 B-25's, flying air-ground support, bomb enemy positions. 2 B-24's and l2 P-38's fly air cover sorties and also patrol and strafe Attu. Kiska is covered by 3 F-5A's photo sorties and 3 attack missions, flown by 9 B-25's and 16 P-40's. Targets include gun emplacements on North Head and the E end of the runway.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Gilbert Islands, 3 B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands fly a reconnaissance-bombing Mission over Abemama. Bombs are dropped on a barracks area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) medium and heavy bombers hit the airfields at Ponte Olivo, Biscari, and Comiso.

P-38's hit Porto Ponte Romano shipping, and Villacidro Airfield.

In the Mediterranean, NASAF P-40's attack gun emplacements, trucks, and troops on the SE coast of Pantelleria Island. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's also bomb Pantelleria.

In Italy, NASAF P-38's hit the Tirso power dam and the Golfo Aranci harbor.

HQ 81FG transfers from Algeria to Monastir, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 9 B-24's and B-25's bomb Madang town area and airfield.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 27 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, Attu is covered by 1 B-25 flying ground support, bombing and strafing troops and dropping photos taken on the previous day to friendly forces, and by 1 B-24 and 6 P-38's flying air cover. 6 P-40's fly an attack and reconnaissance mission to Kiska, concentrating on Little Kiska and on the Main Camp area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) P-40's bomb the harbor defenses on Pantelleria Island and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's attack targets on the S coast of Pantelleria.

In Sardinia, NASAF B-25's and B-26's hit Villacidro and Decimomannu Airfields.

The 111OS, 68OG transfers with A-20's from Guercif, French Morocco to Nouvion, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's and B-25's pound the Lae town area and airfield.

Other B-25's hit enemy forces at Labu and Jacobsens Plantation.

Finschhafen, Saidor, Kakakog, and Langgoer are hit by single-plane strikes.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 28 MAY 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 24FS, 16FG transfers with P-39's from La Joya, Panama to Albrook Field, Canal Zone.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): In the Gilberts, 3 B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands fly a reconnaissance-bombing Mission over Abemama Island, dropping six 500- pound bombs.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 16 P-40's, operating in 2 forces, dive-bomb railroad yards at Yoyang damaging tracks, warehouses, and the roundhouse.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy during the night of 27/28 May, RAF Liberators, under operational control of the IX BC, bomb Augusta. During the day, B-24's of 2 groups hit Foggia Airfield and the surrounding area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sardinia during the night of 27/28 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Villacidro, Decimomannu, and Elmas Airfields.

In the Mediterranean, Pantelleria Island is hit by NASAF P-40's and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's.

In Italy, NASAF B-17's bomb the oil refinery, marshalling yard, harbor, and shipbuilding yards at Leghorn.

In Sicily, NASAF medium bombers attack the airfields of Sciacca, Castelvetrano, Milo, and Bo Rizzo.

The 36th, 44th and 45TCSs, 316TCG transfers with C-47's from Nouvion, Algeria to Guercif, French Morocco to train for the upcoming airborne invasion of Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, P-38's and P-40's, along with naval aircraft, attempt a strike on the Kolombangara area and Munda but are hampered by bad weather.

Some of the Navy TBF bombers manage to bomb the runway and revetment area at Munda.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's attack Wewak, Dagua, and Boram Airfields and bomb the Wewak-Dagua coast road.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 29 MAY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians, no missions are flown. All of Attu Island is secure after 19 days of fighting. US ground forces land on Shemya Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 417BS(M), 25BG(M) transfers with B-18's from Vernam Field, Jamaica to Losey Field, Puerto Rico.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 9 B-24's bomb Ichang. 4 P-40's hit targets of opportunity in Tengchung and Lungling areas.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 61: 169 B-17's are dispatched against the submarine pens and locks at Saint-Nazaire, France; 147 aircraft hit the target at 1706-1711hours local; we claim 6-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 8 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 58 are damaged; casualties are 10 WIA and 71 MIA. 7 YB-40's, heavily armored B-17's with increased firepower for escorting bombers, fly their first mission. YB-40's show an inability to keep up with B-17's and the need for modification of waist and tail gun feeds and ammunition supplies. In two other raids, 72 B-17's are dispatched against the Rennes, France naval depot; 57 hit the target at 1601-1605 hours; we claim 19-5-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 6 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 30 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 10 WIA and 64 MIA. In the third raid, 38 B-24's are dispatched against the U-boat yards at La Pallice, France; 34 hit the target without any casualties on either side.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 28/29 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the town areas, docks, and airfield at Castelvetrano, Bo Rizzo, Trapani, and Marsala.

In Sardinia, NASAF P-38's bomb Porto Ponte Romano.

In the Mediterranean, P-40's, P-38's, and B-26's of NASAF and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) attack gun positions, a radar station, and town area on Pantelleria Island.

HQ 316TCG transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Guercif, French Morocco.

The 34TCS, 315TCG, based at Aldermaston, England, begins operating with C-47's from Blida, Algeria.

The 62TCS, 314TCG arrives at Berguent, French Morocco from the US with C-47's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's bomb Madang and Alexishafen. Heavy and medium bombers, operating individually or in flights of 2 bombers, attack the town, airfields, shipping, docks, and other targets at various places, including Babo, Nabire, Saidor, Finschhafen, and Manam Island; Cape Gloucester in the Bismarck Archipelago; Damar Island, Soemba, and Soembawa in the Sunda Islands; and Dili and Penfoei on Timor.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 30 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 8 P-4O's fly 4 reconnaissance missions to Kiska. 3 air-ground support missions to Attu by 7 B-24's and 12 B-25's drop no bombs there and instead bomb Kiska installations. 2 B-24's and 12 P-38's fly air cover missions over Attu and patrol the area. 3 F-5A's fly photo reconnaissance and 8 P-40's attack and strafe tents and troops and blast the runway at Kiska.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 19FS, 318FG transfers with P-40's from NAS Barbers Point, Territory of Hawaii to Kipapa Field, Territory of Hawaii.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 B-24's bomb artillery positions S of Ichang. 4 P-40's bomb and strafe Tengchung and targets of opportunity along the Burma Road and at Lamaing, Burma; 8 others on offensive sweep strafe several targets of opportunity in the Ichang area; 11others hit riverboats at Shasi and trains NE of Yoyang.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's hit Foggia Airfield, damaging buildings and hangars, and destroying several aircraft.

In the Mediterranean, B-25's attack concentrations on the NE slope of Pantelleria Island.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean during the night of 29/30 May, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Pantelleria Island. The following morning medium bombers and fighters also hit the island. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters hit Pantelleria Island.

In Italy, P-38's bomb the Chilivani railway station and marshalling yard, hit port and railroad at Aranci. B-17's bomb the Pomigliano aircraft factory and landing ground and Capodichino Airfield and marshalling yard.

In Sardinia, P-38's strafe targets of opportunity.

The 43TCS, 315TCG, based at Aldermaston, England, begins operating with C-47's from Blida, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's bomb Wewak, Boram, and Madang.

In the Celebes, B-24's hit the Kendari area.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 31 MAY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutians, 5 F-5A's fly separate photo missions. 6 B-24's, 10 B-25's, 37 P-40's and 8 P-38's fly attack missions to Kiska. Their targets include Gertrude Cove, AA installations, trenches, the North Head runway, and a vessel.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 9 B-24's, escorted by US and Chinese P-40's, bomb Ichang Airfield. The heavy bombers and fighters shoot down 5 fighters of an intercepting group of about 20. 1Chinese P-40 is lost. 6 P-4O's on armed reconnaissance over the Siaokan area blast a train and strafe a troop concentration.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, RAF heavy bombers, including Liberators of No. 178 Squadron under operational control of the IX BC, bomb oil stores, harbor, and seaplane base at Augusta.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the airfield and marshalling yard at Foggia.

In the Mediterranean, NASAF medium bombers and fighters hit defended positions on Pantelleria Island. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's also hit positions on the island.

In Sardinia, P-38's bomb Cagliari, a factory at Guspini, and a power station at Santa Caterina.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomons, 3 B-24's on armed reconnaissance over S Bougainville bomb the Numa Numa area and Tinputs. A small coastal vessel at Tinputs is set afire.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's pound Lae Airfield and the town area.

JUNE 1943

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 1 JUNE 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 2 P-40's, 1 B-24, and 1F-5A fly weather reconnaissance and photo runs and 8 B-25's, 18 P-38's, and 20 P-40's, fly 7 attack missions to Kiska Island. Targets include parked aircraft and installations, runway, gun positions, radar, and tents on South Head, North Head, Gertrude Cove and Main Camp. The 36BS(H), 28th Composite Group, based on Amchitka Island begins operating from Adak Island with B-24's. During Jun 43, the 73BS(H), 28th Composite Group transfers from Umnak Island to Amchitka Island with B-25's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 20 P-40's dive-bomb warehouses and railroad yards at Changanyi, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): During the month of June, HQ 40BW(H) arrives at Brampton Grange, England from the US.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, an attack by Wellingtons against Pantelleria Island during the night of 31 May/l Jun is followed by Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) P-38's and B-17's while Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's attack gun positions on the island during the day.

In Italy, NASAF P-40's strafe seaplane base on Stagnone Island and P-38's bomb the railroad near Balesrate.

In Sardinia, P-38's, B-26's, and B-25's, bomb Porto Torres harbor, Porto Ponte Romano and Olbia harbor.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 84th, 85th, 86th and 97BS(L) transfer from Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia to Soliman, Tunisia with A-20's.

HQ 319BG(M) and it's 437th, 438th, 439th and 440BS(M) transfer from Rabat Sale, French Morocco to Sedrata, Algeria with B-26's.

HQ 321BG(M) and it's 445th, 446th, 447th and 448BS(M) transfers from Ain M'lila, Algeria to Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia with B-25's.

During Jun 43, the 14th and 53TCSs, 61TCG, transfer from Lourmel, Algeria to Kairouan, Tunisia with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): During Jun 43, the 67FS, 347FG which has been operating from Guadalcanal with P-39's since Jan 43, returns to it's base on New Caledonia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit Bogadjim and vicinity. B-24's bomb Lae Airfield and nearby area.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 5 B-25's, escorted by 10 P-4O's, bomb Pailochi Airfield. 18 P-4O's strafe troop barges and launches at Itu and 6 long columns of troops E of Changyang.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 13BW(M) arrives at Marks Hall, England from the US.

HQ 100BG(H) and it's 350th, 351 and 418BS(H) with B-17's arrives at Thorpe Abbots, England from the US. They will fly their first combat mission on 25 Jun 43.

HQ 381BG(H) and it's 532d, 533d, 534th and 535BS(H) with B-17's arrive at Ridgewell, England from the US. They will fly their first combat mission on 22 Jun 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 324FG and it's 315th and 316FSs with P-40's transfer from an unknown location in Tunisia to Kairouan, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 1/2 Jun, Wellingtons of Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) hit Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean and drop pamphlets on Naples, Italy. Fighters and medium bombers hit Pantelleria during the following morning and afternoon. P-38's attack the airfield at Milo, Sicily while P-40's strafe targets of opportunity in Sardinia.

HQ 12BG(M) and it's 81, 82 and 434BS(M) with B-25's and HQ 340BG(M) transfer from Sfax, Tunisia to Hergla, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 2 B-24's on armed reconnaissance attack gun positions, cargo boats, and shipping at Numa Numa and Tinputs.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields at Wewak, Boram, Dagua, and But. Isolated shipping strikes result in little damage to vessels and barges.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 3 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): Weathered out from Kiska Island in the Aleutian Islands are 3 weather missions flown by 2 B-24's and 2 P-40's, as well as 2 attack missions by 2 B-24's and 6 fighters.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): HQ 40BG(H) transfers from Albrook Field to Howard Field, Canal Zone.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 5th Air Defense Wing arrives at Duxford, England from the US. This unit will be redesignated the 66FW in Jul 43.

HQ 384BG(H) and it's 545BS(H) arrive with B-17's at Grafton Underwood, England from the US.

HQ 386BG(M) and it's 552d, 553and 554BS(M) arrive with B-26's at Snetterton Heath, England from the US.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Fighters, light and medium bombers of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) and Northwest Tactical AF NATAF) attack defended positions on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean following a raid on the town area and docks by Wellingtons during the night of 2/3 Jun.

HQ 14FG and it's 48th and 49FSs with P-38's transfer from Telergma, Algeria to El Bathan, Tunisia.

HQ 86BG (Dive) and it's 309BS(Dive) transfer with A-36's from La Senia, Algeria to Marnia, French Morocco.

HQ 325FG and it's 317th and 318FSs transfer with P-40's from Montesquieu, Algeria to Souk-el-Khemis, Tunisia.

The 83BS(H), 12BG(M) transfers with B-25's from Sfax, Tunisia to Hergla, Tunisia.

The 154RS (Fighter), 68RG transfers with P-38/F-5s from Korba, Tunisia to Nouvion, Algeria.

The 486th, 487th, 488th and 489BS(M), 340BG(M) transfer with B-25's from Sfax, Tunisia to Hergla, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands during the night of 3/4 Jun, B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and the Moliko River area. B-24's attack small vessels at Tinputs and Teop sinking 1 and firing the other.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb a supply dump area at Dobo, New Guinea. Other targets attacked in the Netherland East Indies suffer little damage.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 4 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 6 B-24's following a Navy PV make a radar-bombing run over North Head. 14 P-40's and P-38's bomb North Head, Main Camp and Little Kiska Island. 4 P-38's and 1 B-24 flying air cover over Attu Island make no enemy contact.

The 404BS(H), 28th Composite Group based on Adak Island begins operating from Amchitka Island with B-24's.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The detachment of the 32FS, 36FG which has been operating from Losey Field, Puerto Rico with P-40's returns to it's base at Hato Field, Curacao.

The 44BS(H), 40BG(H) transfers with B-17's from Guatemala City, Guatemala to Howard Field, Canal Zone.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 4th Air Defense Wing arrives at Debden, England from the US. This unit will be redesignated the 65FW in Jul 43. HQ 14BW(H) arrives at Camp Lynn, England from the US.

The 544th, 546th and 547BS(H), 384BG(H) arrive with B-17's at Grafton Underwood, England from the US. The group will fly it's first Mission on 22 Jun.

The 555BS(M), 386BG(M) arrives at Snetterton Heath, England from the US with B-26's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack Grottaglie Airfield, leaving hangars and other building in flames. B-24 gunners claim 3 fighters shot down.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 3/4 Jun, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Syracuse, Sicily; Catanzaro, Italy; and Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean, which is also hit on the following day by fighters, light, medium, and heavy bombers, of NASAF and the Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF).

HQ 27BG(L) and it's 17th and 91BS(L) transfer with A-36's from Ras el Ma, French Morocco to Korba, Tunisia.

The 319FS, 325FG transfers with P-40's from Montesquieu, Algeria to Souk-el-Khemis, Tunisia.

The 346FS, 350FG based at Maison Blanche, Algeria begins operating it's P-39's from Monastir, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields at Boram, Wewak and Dagua, New Guinea.

B-25's hit Koepang and Lautem, Timor.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 5 JUNE 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 7 B-24's, 6 B-25's, and 6 P-40's fly weather reconnaissance and radar-bombing missions over Kiska Island, being handicapped by poor weather and mechanical trouble.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, P-40's strafe troop columns near Peiyang and hit a barge and boat NW of Yoyang.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): During the early morning, RAF heavy bombers, under operational control of the IX BC, attack the harbor at Catania, Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 4/5 Jun, Wellingtons hit docks and town area of Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean. On 5 Jun, B-25's and P-38's extend the attack on the island, hitting mainly gun positions. B-17's hit the harbor and shipping at La Spezia, Italy.

In Sardinia, B-26's bomb Porto Ponte Romano while P-38's hit airfields at Monserrato and Capoterra.

"A" Flight of the 15(Photo)S(H), 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group transfers with B-17's and F-5's from Algiers, Algeria to Le Kroub, Algeria. "B" and "C" Flights of the squadron are still in the US.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 394BS(H), 5BG(H) which has been operating from Guadalcanal Island with B-24's since 25 Apr 43 returns to it's base on Fiji Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): HQ 345BG(M) and it's 498th, 499th, 500th and 501BS(M) arrive with B-25's at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US. The group will fly it's first Mission on 21Jun.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 6 JUNE 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 5 P-40's strafe trucks, barracks, and personnel at Tangyang; at least 15 trucks are burned and considerable damage is done to the barracks area. 11 P-40's hit the approaches to a bridge at Puchi; 2 locomotives in the area are destroyed. 10 other P-40's attack Shasi Airfield and hit river shipping; in the general area. 7 B-25's bomb the airfield at Pailochi.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The detachment of the 416NPS, VIII Fighter Command training with the RAF at Bristol, England with Beaufighters returns to it's base at Honiley, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's strike the harbor areas of Villa San Giovanni and Reggio di Calabria, and ferry slips and railroad yards at Messina. B-24 gunners claim 8 fighters destroyed. B-25's of 2 groups hit Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In the Mediterranean, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons hit the town and docks of Pantelleria Island during the night of 5/6 Jun. The following afternoon, Spitfires, P-40's, P-38's, B-26's, A-20's, A-36's, and B-25's of the NASAF and Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) continue pounding the island. The Allied air bombardment increases and is concentrated on coastal batteries and other gun emplacements as the second phase of air offensive against Pantelleria Island starts.

HQ 310BG(M) and it's 379th, 380th, 381 and 428BS(M) transfer with B-25's from Berteaux, Algeria to Dar el Koudia, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-38's, P-40's, and Navy and Marine fighters and dive bombers attack shipping off Buin scoring damaging hits on a destroyer and 2 smaller vessels; 15 Japanese airplanes are claimed shot down. Other P-38's and P-40's strafe the Luti Bay area of Choiseul Island, New Guinea. HQ 42BG(M) transfers from Fiji Island to Guadalcanal Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On Timor, B-24's hit the town of Koepang and the airfield at Penfoei.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 7 JUNE 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 353FG arrives at Goxhill, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's bomb gun emplacements at the airfield on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Following a night raid by Wellingtons on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean, heavy, medium and light bombers, and fighters of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) and Northwest Tactical Air Force (NATAF) pound the island throughout the afternoon.

The 99FS, XII Air Support Command attached to the 33FG transfers with P-40's from Oued N'ja, French Morocco to Fardjouna, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-38's and P-40's, along with Royal New Zealand AF (RNZAF) P-40's and Navy and Marine fighters, intercept a large force of fighter-escorted dive bombers on a mission against Allied shipping off Guadalcanal Island. Fighters from the newly-opened Russell Island bases initiate the interception. A running fight develops and extends down to Guadalcanal Island. More than 20 Japanese aircraft are downed; 9 Allied fighters are lost but all the pilots are recovered.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's attack Wewak, Lae, Madang, and Kesup hitting town areas and airfields, and strafe sampans on the Sepik River.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 8 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, a C-47 is the first USAAF airplane to land on Attu Island, landing fighters crews at Alexai Point. All other flying is cancelled due to weather.

ARMY AFS ANTISUBMARINE COMMAND

The 4(Anti-sub)S(H), AAF Antisubmarine Command arrives at Gander Lake, Newfoundland from the US with B-24's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 7 B-24's and 6 B-25's, with P-40 escorts, are dispatched to bomb shipping and dock installations at Haiphong. Bad weather prevents striking the primary targets; alternates, including Hongay shipping, rail yard, and power facilities, Gia Lam Airfield, and warehouses E of Hanoi are bombed. P-40's bomb and strafe Japanese HQ at Tatung, China barracks E of Lamaing, Burma on the Salween River, and a camp N of Lungling, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 22Photographic Squadron(L), 5(Photo)Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, attached to the 8AF, arrives at Mount Farm, England from the US with F-5's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission in Jul 43.

The 350th, 351 and 352FSs, 353FG arrives at Goxhill, England from the US with P-47D's. The group will fly it's first Mission in Aug 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): RAF heavy bombers bomb the Messina, Italy ferry terminal. B-25's of 2 groups hit Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean, directing their major effort at gun emplacements.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons pound the town and docks on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean during the night of 7/8 Jun. The air offensive against the island increases during the following day as fighters, light, medium and heavy bombers of the NASAF and Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) continue to bomb throughout the day. Naval forces bombard the harbor and shore batteries. Surrender requests, dropped by airplane, bring no response. In Sardinia, P-38's attack barracks N of Segariu and the airfield at Villacidro.

HQ 47BW(M) transfers from El Guerrah, Algeria to Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia.

The 16BS(L), 27BG(L) transfers with A-36's from Ras el Ma, French Morocco to Korba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24'a on armed reconnaissance bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In Timor, B-25's bomb Koepang and hit the area SE of Dili. B-24's unsuccessfully attack shipping at Waingapoe, in the Sunda Islands and off Wewak, New Guinea.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 6 P-4O's damage a railroad bridge at Puchi, China and strafe nearby railroad yards.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's bomb the landing ground at Gerbini and the airfield at Catania. B-25's hit Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean. Fighters escort bombers and fly patrols and fighter sweeps.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Fighters, and medium and heavy bombers of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) continue pounding Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean in predawn hours and during the afternoon.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's on reconnaissance attack a small vessel WNW of Cape Henpan. B-17's, P-40's, and P-38's' pound the airfields at Munda and Vila.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 2 B-24's bomb the town area of Manokwari and the airfield at Nabire. A lone B-17 bombs Unea Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 10 JUNE 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 7 B-24's, 8 B-25's, 12 P-40's, and 2 F-5A's fly weather reconnaissance, attack, and photo missions to Kiska Island and Little Kiska Island. Targets include gun batteries, runway, North Head and Main Camp.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 9 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe 10 barges and a gunboat at Chienli; 1barge is set aflame. 10 P-40's intercept about 25 airplanes over Hengyang; 1enemy bomber is shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) issues a directive through the Chief of Air Staff (C/AS), RAF, marking the official beginning of the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) of the USAAF and RAF against sources of German war power. The RAF is to bomb strategic city areas at night and the USAAF is to hit precise targets by daylight. The CCS sanctions the Combined Operational Planning Committee as the agency for coordinating the efforts of the CBO forces.

HQ 386BG(M) and it's 552d, 553d, 554th and 555BS(M) with B-26's transfer from Snetterton Heath, England to Boxted, England. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 30 Jul 43.

The detachments of the 416NPS, VIII Fighter Command at Cranfield, Usworth, and Bath, England return to their base at Honiley, England. The squadron is attached to the RAF for training on Beaufighters.

The 417NPS, VIII Fighter Command transfers from Cranfield, England to Scorton, England. The detachments at Ayr, Scotland and Uxbridge, Coltishall and Bristol, England transfer to Scorton. The squadron is attached to the RAF for training on Beaufighters.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's, escorted by fighters, bomb Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean. The escorting fighters dive-bomb targets on the island. Later, RAF heavy bombers attack Reggio di Calabria Airfield, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Following attacks during the night of 9/10 Jun by fighter-bombers, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) and Northwest Tactical Air Force (NATAF) aircraft (fighters, and light, medium and heavy bombers): maintain all-day attacks on Pantelleria Island; over 1,000 sorties are flown.

The 60FS, 33FG transfers with P-40's from Menzel Temime, Tunisia to Sousse, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-38's and Navy fighters claim 4 aircraft downed off the N tip of Malaita Island. B-17's and B-24's pound the airfield at Kahili on Bougainville Island twice during the day.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): More than 20 B-17's and B-24's pound airfields in the Rabaul, New Britain Island area. A single B-24 bombs the town of Sorong, New Guinea and shipping at Kokas, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 11JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 7 B-24's, 8 B-25's, 10 P-40's, 4 P-38's, and 2 F-5A's fly weather, photo, reconnaissance, and attack missions to Kiska Island. Main targets are Gertrude Cove and Main Camp, South Head, North Head, runway, and offshore barges. Fighter bombing and strafing, and subsequent bomber runs over emplacements, are effectively coordinated.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 3BS(H), 6BG(H) transfers from Salinas, Ecuador to David, Panama with B-24's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): Eight P-40's hit a camp on the Salween River, trucks at Mangshih, and warehouses at Tungling, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 62: 252 B-17's are dispatched against the U-boat yard at Wilhelmshaven, Germany and the port area at Cuxhaven, Germany; 218 hit the targets; we claim 85-20-24 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 8 and 62 are damaged. Casualties are 3 KIA, 20 WIA and 80 MIA. The raid on Wilhelmshaven demonstrates the difficulty of operating beyond range of fighters escort as enemy fighters attacks prevent accurate bombing of the target.

HQ 388BG(H) and it's 560th, 561, 562 and 563BS(H) arrive at Knettishall, England from the US with B-17's. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 17 Jul 43. HQ 389BG(H) and it's 564BS(H) arrive at Hethel, England from the US with B-24's. The group will fly it's first Mission on 9 Jul. The 416NPS, VIII Fighter Command transfers with Beaufighters from Honiley, England to Acklington, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's attack islands of Pantelleria in the Mediterranean and Lampedusa Island, Italy. Fighters escort the medium bombers to Pantelleria Island and fly cover during their bomb runs. After the British 1Division is landed unopposed, Pantelleria surrenders unconditionally.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): An attack during the night of 10/11Jun on Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean by Wellingtons is followed by morning and afternoon attacks by fighters and bombers of the Northwest African AF (NAAF), in conjunction with naval bombardment of the island.

HQ 86BG(L) and it's 309th, 310th and 311BS(L) transfer with A-36's from French Morocco to Tafaraoui, Algeria.

The 414NPS, 2Air Defense Wing transfers from La Senia, Algeria to Rerhaia, Algeria. The air echelon is in England training on Beaufighters.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's again bomb the airfield at Rabaul on New Britain Island and hit targets of opportunity on Gasmata Isalnd and along the shore of Keravia Bay.

In New Guinea, B-25's pound areas along Huon Gulf coast, hitting Kela Point, Salamaua and the bridge at Nuk Nuk. P-40's strafe a submarine off Cape Nelson.

In Timor, Koepang is thoroughly blasted by B-24's while Penfoei and Dili airfields are hit by light B-25 attacks.

The 432FS, 475FG transfers with P-38's from Charters Towers, Australia to Amberley Field, Townsville, Australia.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 12 JUNE 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): A detachment of the 344FS, 343FG based at Ft Glenn, Alaska begins operating from Attu Island with P-40's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 3BW transfers from Elveden Hall, England to Marks Hall, England.

HQ 96BG(H) and it's 337th, 339th and 413BS(H) transfer with B-17's from Great Saling, England to Snetterton Heath, England.

The 449th, 450th, 451 and 452BS(M), 322BG(M) transfer with B-26's from Rougham, England to Great Saling, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's, escorted by P-40's, attack Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean. The island surrenders unconditionally, and Coldstream Guards go ashore and take charge.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) and Northwest Tactical AF (Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF)) fighters, light, medium and heavy bombers hit Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean.

In Sicily, B-17's and B-26's bomb Castelvetrano, Boccadifalco, and Milo Airfields.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): USAAF fighters, along with Royal New Zealand AF (RNZAF), USN, and USMC fighters, claim over 30 aircraft shot down during the interception of an enemy strike on Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands. 8 Allied fighters are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's hit runways at Nabire and Kaimana; a lone B-25 bombs and strafes barges S of Langemak Bay.

Dick Bong gets his 11th kill when he downs an Oscar.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 13 JUNE 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 9 B-25's attack the Meza railway bridge on the Mandalay-Myitkyina line, causing minor damage.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 11 B-25's supported by 14 P-40's, bomb hangars and the depot area at Nanchang Airfield.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 63: 151 B-17's are dispatched against the Bremen, Germany U-boat yards; 122 hit the target claiming 2-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4 and 31are damaged; casualties are 8 WIA and 32 MIA. A smaller force of 76 B-17's is dispatched against the Kiel, Germany U-boat yards; 60 hit the target and claim 39-5-14 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 22, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 23 are damaged; casualties are 3 KIA, 20 WIA and 213 MIA. Heaviest fighter attacks to date against 8AF accounts for 26 B-17's, mostly of the force attacking Kiel.

HQ 13BW(M) transfers from Marks Hall, England to Camp Blainey, England.

The 331, 332d, 333and 410BS(H), 94BG(H) transfer with B-17's from Earls Colne, England to Bury St Edmunds, England.

The 338BS(H), 96BG(H) transfers with B-17's from Great Saling, England to Snetterton Heath, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, US and RAF heavy bombers attack Catania and Gerbini Airfields, causing severe damage to aircraft, runways, hangars, and other installations. Our heavy bombers claim 5 fighters; 2 B-24's are down at sea.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) carry out land and sea patrols and reconnaissance flights. Northwest African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing covers areas of Sardinia, Sicily, and the Italian mainland.

HQ 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group and it's 12(Photo)S(L) transfers with F-5's from Algiers, Algeria to La Marsa, Tunisia.

HQ 82FG and it's 95th, 96th and 97FSs transfer with P-38's from Berteaux, Algeria to Souk-el-Arba, Algeria.

The 5(Photo)S(L), 12AF transfers with F-5's from Algiers, Algeria to La Marsa, Tunisia.

The 346FS, 350FG which has been operating it's P-39's from Monastir, Tunisia since 4 Jun returns to it's base at Maison Blanche, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's and B-17's again bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island.

The 371 and 372BS(H), 307BG(H) transfers from Kahuku and Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii respectively to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields in the Rabaul area on New Britian Island and on Gasmata Island.

B-25's hit Dili and Koepang, on Timor and bomb and strafe barges off the Huon Peninsula, at Jacob Island, off Cape Gerhards, and S of Cape Cretin, New Guinea. Single B-24's bomb Malahang Airfield and attack a freighter in Humboldt Bay, both in New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 14 JUNE 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): One B-24 from Funafuti Atoll, Ellice Islands bombs the runways at Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): Eight P-40's intercept about 8 bombers and 20 fighters 25 mi (40 km) SW of Nanchang, China. The P-40's claim 7 fighters shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 323BG(M) and it's 453d, 454th , 455th and 456BS(M) transfer with B-26's from Horham, England to Earls Colne, England.

The 349BS(H), 100BG(H) arrives at Thorpe Abbots, England from the US with B-17's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 25 Jun.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 13/14 Jun, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Messina, Italy. Other NASAF and Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) airplanes continue patrols and reconnaissance. The Northwest African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing maintains flights over Sardinia and Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's, escorted by F4U's, hit Vila Airfield. 11 B-17's and B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and hit nearby Shortland Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A single B-24 bombs Lakunai Airfield at Rabaul on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 15 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (6AF): The 40BG(H) and it's 44th and 45BS(H) begin a movement from Howard Field, Canal Zone back to the US. The group will transition to B-29's and move to India in Apr 44.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's score 2 direct hits on the bridge at Myitnge, Burma.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): Ten B-25's, escorted by 12 P-40's, support Chinese ground forces by bombing positions at Owchihkow, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Additional modifications of YB-40 escort bombers are completed in the United Kingdom. It is now hoped that these B-17's converted to heavily armored aircraft with great firepower will solve the problem of long-range escort for bombers

HQ 94BG(H) transfers from Earls Colne, England to Bury St Edmunds, England.

HQ 95BG(H) and it's 334th, 335th, 336th and 412BS(H) transfer with B-17's from Framlingham, England to Horham, England.

The 329BS(H), 93BG(H) transfers with B-24's from Bungay, England to Hardwick, England.

The 565BS(H), 389BG(H) arrives at Hethel, England from the US with B-24's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 14/15 Jun, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the airfields at Milo, Sciacca, Castelvetrano, and Boccadifalco, Sicily. B-17's, B-25's, B-26's, and P-38's follow during the morning hours with raids on the same targets and hit the airfield at Bo Rizzo and radio stations near Marsala, Sicily. Widespread photo reconnaissance of mainland Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia continues. A detachment of the 12RS (Fighter), 67RG begins operating from Malta with F-5's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-24's bomb the airfield on Ballale Island, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb airfields at Rabaul on New Britain Island in predawn strikes and hit Kendari Airfield, Celebes in the evening.

In New Guinea, a single B-25 attacks a power boat in Hanisch Harbor and strafes a beach near Finschhafen.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 16 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (6AF): The 25th and 395BS(H), 40BG(H) begin a movement from Howard Field, Canal Zone to the US. The squadrons will transition to B-29's and transfer to India in Apr 44.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 566BS(H), 389BG(H) arrives at Hethel, England from the US with B-24's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing continues coverage of areas of mainland Italy, Sicily, and Sardinia.

HQ 313TCG and it's 29th, 47th and 49TCS transfer with C-47's from Oujda, French Morocco to Kairouan, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): Search aircraft report nearly 250 Japanese airplanes at Rabaul on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago and other airfields jammed with aircraft. In air action in the Solomon Islands, about 120 Japanese aircraft converging on Allied vessels off Tulagi and Guadalcanal Islands in the Solomon Islands are met by more than 100 Allied fighters (USAAF, Royal New Zealand AF, USN and USMC). The skies over Savo and Tulagi Islands, and Cape Esperance and Koli Point on Guadalcanal Island are filled with dogfights and flak from ship and ground guns. The battle results in the largest single-day Allied aerial victory of the Solomon Islands campaign; 79 airplanes are claimed shot down by Allied fighters, and AA claims 17 more; 6 Allied fighters are lost. The Japanese succeed in damaging 3 ships (2 of which have to be beached) and cause considerable destruction on Guadalcanal Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb Koepang and Oeikoesi on Timor and, along with A-20's, hit barges and shore targets at several points along the coasts of NE New Guinea and New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 17 JUNE 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): During the night of 17/18 Jun, 4 B-24's take off from Funafuti Atoll, Ellice Islands at 2-hour intervals to bomb Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. One aborts and another fails to find the target. The 2 heavy bombers bombing the target hit runways, silence an AA battery, and blow up an ammunition dump. The raid is a diversion in support of the first night photo-reconnaissance mission by the VII BC, during which 3 B-24's photograph Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands and nearby waters in the Marshall Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): P-40's strafe a warehouse and train S of Chiuchiang and a train N of Nanchang, both in China. Road traffic E of Hanoi, French Indochina is also attacked.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 4th Air Defense Wing transfers from Debden, England to Saffron Walden, England. This unit will be redesignated 65FW on 7 Aug 43.

The 567BS(H), 389BG(H) arrives at Hethel, England from the US with B-24's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's attack airfields at Biscariy and Comiso, Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 16/17 Jun, Wellingtons bomb docks and a marshalling yard at Naples, Italy.

HQ 2BG(H) and it's 20th, 49th and 96BS(H) transfer with B-17's from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Ain M'lila, Algeria.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's administer a thorough pounding to the Madang and Salamaua, New Guinea areas. B-24's bomb Sorong, New Guinea and Boela, Moluccas Islands.

A single B-24 bombs the airfield at Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island and, during the night of 17/18 Jun, a B-25 attacks power launches nearby, sinking 1 and badly damaging 2 more.

The 433FS, 475FG transfers with P-38's from Charters Towers, Australia to Amberley Field, Townsville, Australia.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 18 JUNE 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 58BS (Dive), 7AF begins a movement from Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii to Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands with A-24's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ 324FG and it's 314th, 315th and 316FS transfer with P-40's from Kairouan, Tunisia to El Haouaria, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): B-17's strike the Messina, Italy ferry slip and railroad yards while P-38's bomb the airfield at Milo, Sicily. B-26's and B-25's, with P-38 escort, hit docks and shipping at Olbia, Sardinia and shipping at Golfo Aranci, Italy. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) airplanes maintain patrol and reconnaissance flights. Northwest African AF (NAAF) aircraft claim over 40 aircraft destroyed.

The 59FS, 33FG transfers with P-40's from Sousse, Tunisia to Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean.

The 429BS(H), 2BG(H) transfers with B-17's from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Ain M'lila, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island while B-25's hit Ballale Island and strafe barges in Wilson Strait.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb and strafe power launches off Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island and Finschhafen, New Guinea, sinking 1 and damaging 2 near the Cape. A single B-17 bombs Unea Island, Bismarck Archipelago while an A-20 on armed reconnaissance during the night of 18/19 Jun bombs and strafes Salamaua, New Guinea and nearby coastal areas.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 19 JUNE 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): During the night of 18/19 Jun, 2 B-24's fly photo reconnaissance of Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): During the month of June, the 40BW arrives at Brampton Grange, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack ferry and railroad yards at Villa San Giovanni, ferries in the Straits of Messina, and the harbor of Reggio di Calabria.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 18/19 Jun, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Syracuse, Sicily. Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF), Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF), and Northwest African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing airplanes maintain patrols and reconnaissance over areas of N Africa, the Mediterranean, Sicily, Sardinia, and mainland Italy.

HQ 33FG transfers from Sousse, Tunisia to Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean.

HQ 325FG and it's 318th and 319FSs transfer with P-40's from Souk-el-Khemis, Tunisia to Mateur, Tunisia.

The air echelon of the 415NPS, 12AF with Beaufighters joins the ground echelon at La Senia, Algeria after training in England.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): During the night of 18/19 Jun, B-24's bomb Nauru Island in the Gilbert Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-17's and B-24's thoroughly pound Vunakanau Airfield on New Britain Island. A-20's hit barges in Hanisch Harbor and a trail near the village of Tamigudu, both in New Guinea. Single B-24's bomb the Finschhafen, New Guinea area and the airstrip at Rapopo on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 20 JUNE 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): During the night of 19/20 Jun, 3 B-24's from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands fly photo reconnaissance of Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Messina, Sicily during the night of 19/20 Jun. The following morning B-26's bomb the airfields at Milo, Castelvetrano, and Bo Rizzo, Sicily. The Northwest Tactical AF (NATAF) and Northwest African Coastal Air Force (NACAF) maintain patrols, reconnaissance, and convoy escort while the Northwest African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing continues coverage of areas in Sicily and mainland Italy.

The 12(Photo)S(L), 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group transfers with F-5's from La Marsa, Tunisia to Ariana, Tunisia. The squadron has a detachment operating on Malta.

The 48TCS, 313TCG transfers with C-47's from Oujda, French Morocco to Kairouan, Tunisia.

The 94FS, 1FG transfers with P-38's from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Mateur, Tunisia.

The air echelon of the 111RS (Fighter), 68RG based at Nouvion, Algeria begins operating at Bou Ficha, Tunisia with P-51's.

The 311BS (Dive), 12AF transfers with A-36's from La Senia, Algeria to Sale, French Morocco. This squadron is attached to the Northwest African Training Command and trains A-36 pilots.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-40's join Marine and Navy airplanes in a strike against Vila Airfield on Kolokombara Island. Hits are scored on the runway and dump area. B-24's blast the airfield and other targets at Kahili, and also bomb Kieta, both on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb airstrip at Rapopo, and airfields at Keravat, and Rabaul, all on New Britain Island and also hit Rabaul town area. A-20's pound the airfield at Lae, New Guinea. 2 B-25's and an A-20 hit Finschhafen, New Guinea and barges and shoreline targets along the coast of New Britain.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 21JUNE 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands a fighters strip is completed at Shemya Island.

All missions are cancelled due to weather for the tenth straight day.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): One B-24 carries out armed photo reconnaissance over Nonouti Island, Beru Island, and Nukunau Island in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 B-25's, with escort of 8 P-40's, bomb the village of Shihshow. 8 other B-25's, supported by 9 P-40's, are dispatched to attack the Japanese-held village of Hwajung but mistakenly bomb the friendly village of Nanhsien, killing over 50 Chinese.

The 11BS(M), 341BG(M) transfers with B-25's from Kunming, China to Kweilin, China. The squadron has detachments operating from Hengyang, Suichwan, Nanning and Lingling between Jun 43 and Jun 44.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack the ferry terminal and surrounding areas at Villa San Giovanni, and the harbor area and railroad yards at Reggio di Calabria. RAF heavy bombers follow up with raids on the same targets.

HQ 316TCG and it's 45TCS transfer with C-47's from Guercif, French Morocco to Enfidaville, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Wellingtons bomb Naples during the night of 20/21Jun. The following day, B-17's hit the Naples railroad yards, Salerno marshalling yard and trestle, Battipaglia marshalling yard, and Cancello Arnone air depot. Fighters fly patrol, reconnaissance, and convoy escort.

HQ 61TCG and it's 59TCS transfer with C-47's from Lourmel, French Morocco to Kairouan, Tunisia.

HQ 480th Antisubmarine Group, AAF Antisubmarine Command is activated at Port Lyautey, French Morocco to control (Anti-sub)Ss patrolling the Atlantic Ocean off Morocco.

The 60FS, 33FG transfers with P-40's from Sousse, Tunisia to Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean.

The 317FS, 325FG transfers with P-40's from Souk-el-Khemis, Tunisia to Mateur, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In a predawn strike B-25's bomb Koepang on Timor Island. In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe airfields at Lae and Malahang while B-25's blast the airfield and general area at Salamaua. A single B-24 bombs MacDonald's Junction, New Guinea and strafes targets of opportunity along the coast S of Buka Island in the Solomon Islands.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 22 JUNE 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, a P-40 sights a submarine 5 mi (8 km) E of Zeto Point. A B-24 then searches the area but makes no contact.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 3 B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands fly photo reconnaissance of Beru Island, Nukunau Island, Tabiteuea Island, Onotoa Island, Tarawa Atoll, and Arorae Island in the Gilbert Islands. 1 of the heavy bombers strafes Arorae.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): Heavy bombers join B-25's in pounding the Ywataung, Burma marshalling yard. Monywa, Burma is also thoroughly bombed.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 65: In the first large-scale daylight raid on the Ruhr, 235 B-17's are dispatched to hit the chemical works and synthetic rubber plant at Huls in the main attack; 183 bomb the target; we claim 46-21-35 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 16 and 75 others are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 16 WIA and 151 MIA; this plant, representing a large percentage of the country's producing capacity, is severely damaged. 11 YB-40's accompany the Huls raid; 1 is lost. In a second raid, 42 B-17's are dispatched to bomb the former Ford and General Motors plants at Antwerp; 39 hit the target; they claim 1-2-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 4, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 17 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 40 MIA. An additional 21 B-17's fly an uneventful diversion.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's patrol over Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean; there are no encounters with the enemy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Salerno, Italy during the night of 21/22 Jun. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) Beaufighters sink a small vessel off E Sardinia.

The 7TCS, 62TCG transfers with C-47's from Matemore, Algeria to El Djem, Tunisia.

The 415NPS, 1Air Defense Wing transfers with Beaufighters from La Senia, Algeria to La Sebala, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb the Taberfane, New Guinea area.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 23 JUNE 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (AAF Antisubmarine Command): The 4(Anti-sub)S(H), AAF Antisubmarine Command begins a movement from Gander Lake, Newfoundland to England with B-24's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): RAF Liberators, under the operational control of the IX BC, hit the airfield at Comiso, Sicily. Fighters patrol over Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean without incident.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the town of Olbia, Sardinia and lay mines in the harbor during the night of 22/23 Jun. Photographic reconnaissance airplanes continue missions, flying over areas of mainland Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, and the S coast of France.

HQ 17BG(M) transfers from Sedrata, Algeria to Djedeida, Tunisia.

The detachment of the 12(Photo)S(L), 3d Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group at Malta returns to it's base at Ariana, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and Navy fighters and dive bombers hit Buki village on Buki Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 17 B-24's bomb shipping, dock area, factory and residential areas of Makassar, Celebes Island. 2 light cruisers are damaged and many buildings along Juliana Quay and in the town area are damaged or demolished. A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs the airfield at Lae, New Guinea.

HQ 348FG and it's 340th, 341 and 342FSs arrive at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with P-47's.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 25 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 2 photo and weather reconnaissance missions by 2 B-24's and 6 attack missions by 25 B-25's, 12 B-24's, and 2 P-38's hit Kiska Island. Targets include gun revetments at Gertrude Cove and AA batteries.

The 344FS, 343FG transfers with P-40's from Ft Glenn, Alaska to Shemya Island. The squadron also has detachments operating from Amchitka and Attu Islands.

ANTISUBMARINE (AAF Antisubmarine Command): The 19(Anti-sub)S(H), AAF Antisubmarine Command begins a movement from Gander Lake, Newfoundland to England with B-24's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 67: 275 B-17's make scattered attacks on targets of opportunity in NW Germany when primary targets at Bremen and Hamburg are obscured by clouds; 167 bomb targets and claim 62-11-40 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 18 B-17's, 1 is damaged beyond repair and another 61are damaged; casualties are 3 KIA, 14 WIA and 172 MIA. Of 7 YB-40 escort bombers dispatched only 4 are able to accompany formations to the target area.

HQ 387BG(H) arrives at Chipping Ongar, England from the US.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb docks and marshalling yard at Olbia, Sardinia during the night of 24/25 Jun. On the following day B-17's drop over 300 tons of bombs on Messina, Sicily bombing the marshalling yard, the W and N part of town, warehouse area and part of commercial quay.

The 4TCS, 62TCG transfers with C-47's from Matemore, Algeria to Goubrine, Tunisia.

The 34th, 37th, 95th and 432BS(M), 17BG(M) transfer with B-26's from Sedrata, Algeria to Djedeida, Tunisia.

The 415NPS, 1 Air Defense Wing transfers with Beaufighters from La Sebala, Tunisia to Monastir, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands during the night of 24/25 Jun, B-24's attack the Kahili area on Bougainville Island and hit the airfield on Buka Island.

During the following day B-25's, escorted by P-40's, hit the runway at Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb and strafe several occupied villages in the Sepu, New Guinea area.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 26 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 16 bombers and 28 fighters fly 7 attack, weather reconnaissance and photo missions to Kiska and Little Kiska Islands, starting fires. Intense machinegun fire damages 4 P-38's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Air Marshall Trafford L Leigh-Mallory is given responsibility for drafting air plans for the invasion of the Continent. His deputy is Brigadier General Haywood S Hansell, Jr.

8AF Mission Number 68: 165 B-17's are dispatched against the Vilacoublay, France air depot; 12 hit the target while 6 hit the secondary target, Poissy Airfield, and 39 bomb Tricqueville Airfield; they claim 17-5-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 5 B-17's and 14 others are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 51 MIA. 5 YB-40 escort bombers take off to accompany heavy bombers but none are able to complete the attack.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): During the night of 25/26 Jun, RAF heavy bombers, under IX BC control, bomb Messina, Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Wellingtons bomb the Bari, Italy oil refinery during the night of 25/26 Jun.

HQ 314TCG and it's 32d, 50th and 61TCS transfer with C-47's from Berguent, French Morocco to Kairouan, Tunisia.

HQ 319BG(M) and it's 437th, 438th, 439th and 440BS(M) transfer with B-26's from Sedrata, Algeria to Djedeida, Tunisia.

The 10TCS, 60TCG transfers with C-47's from Thiersville, Algeria to El Djem, Tunisia.

A detachment of the 68BS(H), 44BG(H) based at Shipdham, England begins operating from Benina, Libya with B-24's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands during the night of 25/26 Jun, B-24's pound the airfield on Ballale Island and bomb the Poporang-Buin-Faisi area. P-38's strafe the Rekata Bay area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): During the predawn and early morning hours, B-24's and B-17's bomb the airfield and harbor at Rabaul, New Britain and the town of Lae, New Guinea.

During the midday, B-25's hit the airfield at Lae and the town of Salamaua, New Guinea. In the early evening B-25's bomb Penfoei, Timor Island.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 27 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): On Kiska Island in the Aleutian Islands, 8 B-24's make a radar run but return with their bombs due to weather. Later, 5 B-24's and 7 B-25's bomb the Main Camp area and vicinity N of Salmon Lagoon. 14 B-25's bomb Gertrude Cove, camp areas, and North Head, while 7 others abort due to weather. 2 P-40's fly reconnaissance over Segula Island but overcast prevents observations.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 21Photographic Squadron(L), 14AF arrives at Bishnupur, India from the US with F-5's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Beginning this date, the 20lst BW (Provisional)- the 93d, 44th, and 389BGS(H)- of the 8AF is attached to the 9AF for operations.

B-24's hit airfields at Kalamaki and Eleusis, Greece, damaging buildings, runways, and parked airplanes; they claim 7 fighters shot down.

HQ 57FG and it's 64th, 65th and 66FSs transfer with P-40's from Tunisia to Malta.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 26/27 Jun, Wellingtons bomb the marshalling yard and port area of Naples, Italy.

The 328th, 329th, 330th and 409BS(H), 93d BG(H) based at Hardwick, England begin operating from Bengasi, Libya with B-24's.

The 506BS(H), 44BG(H) based at Shipdham, England begins operating from Benina, Libya with B-24's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and hit Ballale Island. A single heavy bomber on armed reconnaissance bombs Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe occupied areas at Dumpu, Kaigulin, and Kaiapit while A-20's strafe barges and shore installations at Labu Lagoon.

B-24's hit Taka, Saumlakki and Malo Island in the Moluccas Islands and Boeroe Island in the Sunda Islands.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 28 JUNE 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 6 B-25's bomb Gertrude Cove, Little Kiska Island and the southern Main Camp area through holes in the overcast. The mission is partly ineffective because of faulty bomb-release mechanisms.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): A bombing Mission against Nauru Island, Gilbert Islands from Funafuti Atoll, Ellice Islands is hampered by engine trouble and bad weather. 1 B-24 had crashed at Palmyra Island, Oceania the previous day while en route from the Hawaiian Islands to the staging base at Funafuti Atoll. Of the 18 arriving at the forward base, 2 are released from duty because of engine trouble, 2 crash on takeoff, and 8 are grounded after a second crash. 6 heavy bombers are airborne for the mission , 2 abort, 2 fail to find Nauru Island because of heavy front, and 2 drop bombs on the island, with unobserved results.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): HQ 80FG and it's 88th and 90FSs arrive at Karachi, India from the US with P-40's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 69: 191 B-17's are dispatched against the locks and submarine pens at Saint-Nazaire, France; 158 hit the target between 1655 and 1713 hours local; we claim 28-6-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 8 B-17's and 57 others are damaged; casualties are 3 KIA, 14 WIA and 50 MIA. 50 other B-17's are dispatched against Beaumont-le-Roger Airfield; 43 bomb the target between 1736 and 1740 hours local; 6 B-17's are damaged.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 27/28 Jun Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the Messina, Sicily marshalling yards and Villa San Giovanni, Italy. The following day, B-17's hit Leghorn, Italy, B-25's hit airfields near Olbia, Sardinia and Alghero, Sicily, B-26's attack the landing ground at Milis, Sardinia, and fighters hit the airfield at Decimomannu, Sardinia.

HQ 60TCG and it's 11TCS transfer with C-47's from Thiersville, Algeria to El Djem, Tunisia.

HQ 64TCG and it's 16th, 17th and 35TCS transfer with C-47's from Blida, Algeria to Kairouan, Tunisia.

"A" Flight of the 15(Photo)S(H), 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group transfers with F-5's from Le Kroub, Algeria to La Marsa, Tunisia. "B" and "C" Flights are still in the US.

The 27th and 71FSs, 1FG transfer with P-38's from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Mateur, Tunisia.

The 58FS, 33FG transfers with P-40's from Menzel Temime, Tunisia to Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean.

The 66th and 67BS(H), 44BG(H) based at Shipdham, England begin operating from Benina, Libya with B-24's.

The 345FS, 350FG transfers with P-39's from Maison Blanche, Algeria to Bone, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 394BS(H), 5BG(H) transfers with B-24's from the Fiji Islands to Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 29 JUNE 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 89FS, 80FG arrives at Karachi, India from the US with P-40's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 70: 108 B-17's are dispatched against the air depot at Villacoublay, France and another 40 against the airfield at Tricqueville, France; neither groups hit the target due to heavy cloud cover and return to base; they claim 0-3-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 14 B-17's are damaged. Another 84 B-17's are dispatched against the aeroengine works at Le Mans, France; 76 hit the target between 1959 and 2003 hours local. Both of the 2 YB-40's dispatched as escorts are forced to abort. The lack of success of the YB-40's in this and previous missions in Jun 43 convinces Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker, Commanding General 8AF, that if the escort bomber is to succeed it must be able to carry bombs and must be endowed with the same flight performance as the B-17.

The 548BS(H), 385BG(H) arrives at Great Ashfield, England from the US with B-17's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 17 Jul 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): RAF heavy bombers hit the airfield at Reggio di Calabria, Italy. P-40's patrol the sea off Cap Bon, Tunisia; there are no incidents.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Wellingtons during the night of 28/29 Jun raid ferry slips and marshalling yard at Messina, Sicily. Photographic reconnaissance airplanes cover areas in N and S Italy, E Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, and S France.

HQ 1FG transfers from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Mateur, Tunisia.

HQ 320BG(M) and it's 441, 442d, 443and 444BS(M) transfer with B-26's from Montesquieu, Algeria to Massicault, Tunisia.

The 12TCS, 60TCG transfers with C-47's from Thiersville, Algeria to El Djem, Tunisia.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe strong points along the Bitoi River and A-20's pound a supply dump on the S side of Nassau Bay in preparation for allied amphibious landings which are to begin during the night of 29/30 Jun; a lone B-24 bombs building area W of Parsee Point near Salamaua; and other B-24's bomb Nabire.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 30 JUNE 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The VIII Fighter Command becomes independent of (RAF) operational control. All FGs are placed under control of the 4th Air Defense Wing.

The 4th and 19(Anti-sub)SS(H), AAF Antisubmarine Command arrive at St Eval, England from Newfoundland with B-24's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's fly escort for a sea rescue airplane 35 mi (56 km) N of Cap Bon, Tunisia.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 29/30 Jun over 60 Wellingtons hit the area NW of Cape San Marco, Italy and the marshalling yard and surrounding area at Messina, Sicily.

In Sicily the following day, B-17's bomb the airfields at Palermo and Boccadifalco, B-25's hit the airfield at Sciacca, and B-26's strike the airfield at Bo Rizzo.

Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) airplanes sink 2 schooners off S and E Sardinia and damage a vessel off the W coast of Italy.

HQ 31FG and it's 307th and 308FSs transfer with Spitfires from Korba, Tunisia to Gozo Island, Malta.

HQ 86BG (Dive) and it's 310BS(Dive) transfer with A-36's from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Korba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, the invasion of New Georgia Island begins with amphibious landings by US Army and USMC forces on nearby Rendova Island. Subsidiary landings take place at other points in the New Georgia area. USAAF and other allied fighters cover the landings. At 1100 hours, 30+ Zekes attack the beachhead; Allied fighters intercept, claiming 16 shot down. At 1500 hours, a large force of fighters, dive bombers, and torpedo-carrying bombers attack the vessels of the Task Force which is handling the landings. F4U's, F4F's and AA down all the torpedo-carrying bombers as they attack vessels however, a torpedo strikes the flagship, the attack transport USS McCawley (APA-4), amidship severely damaging the vessel (later mistakenly sunk by US PT boats). Early in the evening about 30 more Japanese aircraft return to the assault area. Allied fighters claim 18 of these shot down. B-25's and USN dive bombers bomb Munda Airfield on New Georgia. A B-24 strike on Kahili, Bougainville Island aborts because of bad weather.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, Allied amphibious forces begin landings, unopposed, at Nassau Bay during the night of 29/30 Jun. Forces push N and S toward the Bitoi River and Tabali Creek, respectively. Troops make contact with enemy forces in the Cape Dinga area S of Nassau Bay. Australians open the assault on Bobdubi Ridge and maintain pressure on the enemy in the Mubo area. B-25's pound Bobdubi Ridge in support of the assault and hit forces at Logui and Salamaua. B-25's also bomb the airfield at Cape Chater on Timor Island. B-24's and B-17's bomb an airfield at Rabaul, New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. 1heavy bomber scores a hit on a cargo vessel off Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island.

The 57TCS, 375TCG arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with C-47's

JULY 1943

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 1 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): During the month of July: The 21BS(H), 30BG(H) based on Umnak Island ceases operating from Amchitka Island, and The detachment of the 344FS, 343FG that has been operating from Amchitka Island with P-40's since May 43 returns to it's base on Shemya Island, and The 632 and 633BSs (Dive), 407BG (Dive) based at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida begin operating from Amchitka Island with A-36's.

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (ANTISUBMARINE COMMAND): During the month of July: a. The 3(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, based at Ft. Dix Army Air Base, New Jersey with B-24's, ceases flying ASW missions.

b. The 8(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W based at Miami Army Air Field, Florida begins operating with B-24's from Trinidad and other bases in the Caribbean.

c. The 16(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, based at Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina with B-25's, ceases flying ASW missions.

d. The 27th, 30th and 392BS(H), 30BG(H) based at March Field, California with B-24's, ceases flying ASW missions. The squadrons have been flying these missions since Jan 42.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 2TCS, Assam Air Base Command, transfers with C-47's from Yangkai, China to Dinjan, India.

During the month of July, the detachment of the 9(Photo)S(L), 10AF operating from Dinjan, India with F-4's and F-5's returns to its base at Pandaveswar, India.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): A memo by Major General Barney Mc Giles for General Henry H "Hap" Arnold, Commanding General, USAAF, stresses great need for more fighter escort for strategic bombing missions. The present ratio of less than 1 FG to 4 heavy bomber groups is held to be completely insufficient and a minimum ratio of 1to 2 is suggested.

Brigadier General Frederick L Anderson Jr replaces Brigadier General Newton Longfellow as Commanding General VIII BC.

HQ 14BW(H) transfers from Hethel, England to Camp Thomas, England.

HQ 20BW(H) transfers from Camp Lynn, England to Cheddington, England.

The 556th, 557th, 558th and 559BS(M), 387BG(M) arrive at Chipping Ongar, England from the US with B-26's.

During the month of July, HQ 99BW(H) arrives at Aldermaston, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's, along with 12AF fighters, fly armored reconnaissance of S Sicily and convoy patrol in the Cap Bon, Tunisia area and off Kebili, Tunisia. RAF Halifaxes hit Catania, Sicily railway yards.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 30 Jun/l Jul, Wellingtons bomb barracks and railway station at Cagliari, Sicily. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) flies patrol, reconnaissance, and convoy protection.

The 8TCS, 62TCG transfers with C-47's from Matemore, Algeria to El Djem, Tunisia.

The 18TCS, 64TCG transfers with C-47's from Blida, Algeria to Kairouan, Tunisia.

The 28TCS, 60TCG transfers with C-47's from Thiersville, Algeria to El Djem, Tunisia.

The 312BS (Dive), 86BG (Dive): transfers with A-36's from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Korba, Tunisia.

During the month of July: HQ 52Troop Carrier Wing transfers from Oujda, French Morocco to Kairouan, Tunisia, and HQ 62TCG transfers from Matemore, Algeria to Goubrine, Tunisia, and The 1 and 2(Anti-sub)SS(H), 480(Antisub)G(H), AAF Antisubmarine Command, based at Port Lyautey, French Morocco operate from Agadir, French Morocco with B-24s.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): During the month of July, the 69BS(M), 42BG(M) transfers with B-25's from Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands to New Caledonia; the squadron continues to operate from Guadalcanal until Oct 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe forces in the Duali area as nearby Allied troops consolidate positions along the S arm of the Bitoi River; other A-20's strafe the Lae area; and B-25's hit Kela Point and Logui. B-17's and B-24's bomb airfields at Rabaul on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The 431FS, 475FG transfers with P-38's from Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia to Amberley Field, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The squadron has yet to enter combat.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 2 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 3 bombers and 4 P-38's fly 4 reconnaissance missions over Kiska and Segula Islands. 17 B-24's and 16 B-25's then attack Kiska Island in 5 missions, 2 of them radar-guided. Fires are started at several of the targets, which include Gertrude Cove, the harbor, and buildings in the Main Camp area. Intense AA fire damages 3 aircraft. 2 B-25's on a submarine attack hit the Kiska seaplane ramp after making no contact with the target. 2 P-40's cover troops which make an unopposed landing on Rat Island.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's bomb airfields at Lecce, Grottaglie and San Pancrazio Salentino, Italy. In Sicily, B-25's hit the airfield and surrounding area at Sciacca; P-40's, escorting bombers to Sciacca, shoot down a fighter and damage 1. 2 P-40's are lost.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons hit Palermo and Cagliari during the night of 1/2 Jul; and Northwest AfricanTactical AF (NATAF) B-25's hit Castelvetrano during the day.

Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) aircraft attack 2 vessels off the W coast of Italy and fly patrols, reconnaissance, and convoy protection.

The air echelon of the 111RS (Fighter), 68RG transfers with P-51's from Bou Ficha, Tunisia to Korba, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-25's and USN F4U's bomb and strafe a small vessel in the anchorage at Bairoko, New Georgia, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's pound defenses in the Kela Point area and a trail near Logui while a lone B-24 bombs the Salamaua area. The Allied invasion force (the MacKechnie Force) holds firm a beachhead on Nassau Bay, and makes contact with Australian forces to the N. B-17's and B-24's again attack airfields at Rabaul on New Britain Island in the Bismrack Archipelago.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 3 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 6 B-24's bomb Main Camp on Kiska Island and take photos of Segula Island.

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 15(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida, ceases operating from Langley Field, Virginia and returns to Jacksonville with their B-24's

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's hit the oft-bombed bridge at Myitnge, Burma, knocking the S end span into the river.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Lieutenant General Jacob L Devers, Commanding General European Theater of Operations, US Army (ETOUSA), in a report to General Henry H "Hap" Arnold, praises the proficiency of the VIII BC bombardiers but stresses a dire need for high-altitude gunnery training.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's hit airfield at Comiso, Sicily. P-40's fly escort over Sicily and over Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean, claiming destruction of 1 fighter.

The 564th, 565th, 566th and 567BS(H), 389BG(H) based at Hethel, England begin operating with B-24's from Bengasi, Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 2/3 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons attack Olbia, Sardinia and Trapani, Sicily. The following day, B-17's and B-25's hit Chilivani, Italy, and the airfields at Monserrato and Alghero, Sardinia. In Sardinia, fighters hit radar stations at Pula and Alghero, while B-26's bomb the airfields at Milis and Capoterra. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's hit the area around Marsala and airfields at Sciaccay and Trapani.

The ground echelon of the 111RS (Fighter), 68RG transfers from Nouvion, Algeria to Tunis, Tunisia. The air echelon is at Korba, Tunisia.

The 309FS, 31FG transfers with Spitfires transfers from Korba, Tunisia to Gozo Island, Malta.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's bomb the airfield and AA positions at Munda on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb airfields in the Rabaul, New Britain Island area and hit Kendari Airfield on Celebes Island. Koepang on Timor Island is attacked by 2 B-25's. A lone B-17 bombs landing strip at Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 4 JULY 1943 (INDEPENDENCE DAY):

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-24's attack the Shweli, Burma road bridge but fail to cause appreciable damage.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 71: 192 B-17's are dispatched against aircraft factores at Le Mans and Nanes, France; 166 make a very effective attack; we claim 52-14-22 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 7 with 1 damaged beyond repair and 53 others damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 9 WIA and 70 MIA. 83 other B-17's are dispatched against submarine yards at La Pallice, France; 71 hit the target between 1201 and 1204 local; we claim 0-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; we lose 1 and 1 is damaged; casualties are 10 MIA. Bombing is extremely accurate.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): RAF Halifax aircraft bomb the Catania, Sicily railroad yards during the night of 3/4 Jul. B-25's hit the airfield at Comiso, Sicily. P-40's escort bombers and convoy and fly sea-search for a missing pilot. Fighters claim 3 Bf 109's shot down. 4 P-40's are lost.

The 86th and 87FSs, 79FG transfer with P-40's from Tunisia to Malta.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 3/4 Jul, Wellingtons hit Trapani, Sicily and Lido di Roma, Italy. Leaflets are dropped in the Rome, Italy area. In Sicily, B-17's and B-26's hit the airfields at Catania and Gerbini; B-25's bomb 2 satellite airfields near Gerbini; and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20 and medium bombers hit airfields at Comiso, Trapani, Sciacca, and Castelvetrano.

The 37FS, 14FG transfers with P-38's from Telergma, Algeria to El Bathan, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-17's pound Bairoko, New Georgia Island.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 5 JULY 1943

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's attack the harbor, harbor installations, railway yards, and oil storage at Messina while B-25's hit the airfields at Sciacca and Biscari. P-40's fly uneventful sea patrol. RAF (RAF) heavy bombers strike railroad yards at Catania, Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the airfields at Villacidro, Sardinia and Catania, Sicily during the night of 4/5 Jul. In Sicily, NASAF fighters, medium and heavy bombers hit main and satellite airfields at Gerbini and radar stations at Marsala and Licata; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers hit Sciacca and airfields at Trapani, Comiso and Biscari.

Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) airplanes maintain sea patrol, reconnaissance, and convoy escort.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 9 B-24's over Buin, Bougainville Island fail to find shipping and bomb Munda, New Georgia Island, and Ballale Island instead.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe the airfield at Salamaua, Komiatum Track, and HQ areas at Kela and Salamaua.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 6 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 2 B-24's and 2 P-40's on 3 weather reconnaissance missions report Kiska Island overcast, and take photos of Segula Island. 6 B-24's bomb Main Camp on Kiska. 8 B-25's abort a radar run over Kiska Island when 1has engine trouble and the others fail to locate a PV Pathfinder. They sight a submarine which crash-dives immediately.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 5 B-25's and 8 P-40's hit runway and revetment area at Pailochi Airfield.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 385BG(H) and it's 549th, 550th, and 551BS(H) with B-17's arrive at Great Ashfield, England from the US joining the 548BS(H) which arrived on 29 Jun 43. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 17 Jul 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's strike satellite airfields at Gerbini; B-25's hit the airfields at Biscari and Gerbini while P-4O's escort bombers, patrol, and carry out dive-bombing operations.

The 85FS, 79FG transfers with P-40's from Tunisia to Malta.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons hit Gerbini Airfield and 2 satellites during the night of 5/6 Jul; during predawn hours and throughout the day, light and medium bombers of Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) bomb airfields at Biscari, Sciacca, Trapani, and Comiso; NASAF B-17's again hit Gerbini Airfield and 3 satellite fields; B-25's bomb Biscari Airfield. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) maintains sea patrol and convoy protection.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-17's and B-24's pound airfields at Kahili, on Bougainville Island, on Ballale Island and on Buka Island. B-25's hit a beached destroyer at Bamberi, New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's attack the airfield at Penfoei on Timor Island and hit Labu Lagoon area in New Guinea.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 7 JULY 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: (HQ, USAAF): The Army AFs Training Command is established to take over the functions formerly assigned to the Technical Training and Flying Training Commands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 7 B-25's and 22 P-40's attack shipping at Canton, China. At least 2 interceptors are shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 7(Photo)Reconnaissance and Mapping Group arrives at Mount Farm, England from the US.

HQ 352FG and it's 328th, 486th and 487FSs with P-47D's arrive at Bodney, England from the US. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 9 Sep 43.

MTO - ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The German sub, U-95l, is sunk in E Atlantic, 37-40N 15-30W, by a B-24 of the 1(Anti-sub)S(H).

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's hit airfields at Gerbini and the rail line N of Brucoli; and B-25's bomb the airfield and surrounding areas at Biscari and Comiso. P-40's bomb and strafe Lucca Airfield, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Palermo, Sicily and airfields at Villacidro, Milis, and Pabillonis, Sardinia during the night of 6/7 Jul. In Sicily during the day, B-17's, B-25's, and B-26's bomb Gerbini satellite fields and Bo Rizzo Airfield, as P-40's fly a diversionary sweep over the W part of Sicily; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's hit Sciacca during the night of 6/7 Jul, and the following day bomb airfields at Trapani, Biscari, Comiso, Bo Rizzo, and Mazara del Vallo, and hit Sciacca, and Marsala radar stations, Caltanissetta and Porto Empedocle.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and P-38's attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island and B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's and B-25's, along with RAAF (RAAF) airplanes, operate in direct support of Allied ground operations in the Mubo area, dropping over 100 tons of bombs on numerous targets as the MacKechnie Force begins an assault on Bitoi Ridge and Australian forces (2/6 Battalion) capture Observation Hill, an important terrain feature W of Mubo.

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 9 B-25's fly a special Mission to Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 22 B-24's, escorted by 13 P-40's, attack shipping, docks, and a cement works at Haiphong, French Indochina.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 479th Antisubmarine Group is activated at St Eval, England. The group is assigned to the AAF Antisubmarine Command and controls all (Anti-sub)Ss in England.

The 354th, 357th and 358FSs, 355FG, arrive at Steeple Morden, England from the US with P-47D's. They will fly their first combat mission on 14 Sep 43.

MTO - ANTISUBMARINE (AAF Antisubmarine Command): German sub, U-232, is sunk off Portugal, 40-37N 13-4lW, by a B-24 of the 2(Anti-sub)S(H).

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's attack the Catania railway station, telegraph and telephone buildings, and industrial area; B-25's hit the airfields at Biscari and Comiso and nearby areas; and P-40's attack Biscari Airfield, escort bombers over Sicily, and carry out sea patrol.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb airfields at Comiso and Catania during the night of 7/8 Jul. During the day, B-17's, B-25's, and B-26's make several strikes against Gerbini and its satellite fields; P-38's strafe radar installations in the E part of Sicily; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers hit Sciacca Airfield while medium bombers hit airfields at Biscari and Comiso; A-36's attack trucks, a train, railroads, highways, a sulphur plant, and a marshalling yard at several points in Sicily.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's continue to pound enemy positions around Mubo and along the coast of NE New Guinea, hitting Kela Point and village, Malolo, Buigap Creek, and trails from Salamaua Airfield and Kennedy's Crossing to Logui.

The 319BS(H), 90BG(H) transfers with B-24's from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 9 JULY 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (AAF Antisubmarine Command): The 23(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida begins operating from Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia with B-25's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's bomb the railroad bridge on the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa, Burma scoring 2 direct hits and leaving the bridge temporarily unusable.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 56FG and it's 63FS with P-47D's transfer from Horsham St Faith, England to Halesworth, England.

HQ 355FG arrives at Steeple Morden, England from the US to join the three squadrons that arrived yesterday.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's bomb airfields at Maleme, Crete, and Comiso and Taormina, Sicily. In Sicily, B-25's hit Sciacca landing ground and Biscari Airfield and dispersal areas while P-40's escort bombers over Castelvetrano, and Milo Airfields. This pre-invasion air bombardment of Sicily provides air superiority over the enemy. British and US airborne contingents are dropped on the island during the night of 9/10 Jul to help facilitate the amphibious assault of seaborne troops which are to land tomorrow morning. This is the first major airborne operation to be undertaken by the Allies in World War II, and subsequently becomes the subject of intensive study.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 8/9 Jul, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the airfields at Catania, Gerbini, and Comiso, and throughout the following day B-17's, B-25's, B-26's, and fighters attack other targets, including Sciacca and Biscari Airfields, Gerbini satellite field, and Cape Passero Island radar stations; and Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) planes hit Sciacca and Milo Airfield during the night of 8/9 Jul, and on 9 Jul hit Milo and Biscari Airfields, Sciacca, Porto Empedocle, HQ at Taormina, a junction NE of Gela, the Canicatti area, and targets of opportunity.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands during the night of 8/9 Jul, B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield and Buin on Bougainville Island, and Poporang Island. B-25's and several fighters sent against forces near Vella Lavella Island, fail to locate the target and strafe Buki and Ganongga Islands, and a destroyer beached on SE Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit forces in the vicinity of Old Bobdubi, Malolo, and Busama. On Timor Island, B-25's hit landing fields, Dili, and Cape Chater.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 10 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): The 11AF attacks the Japanese Home Islands for the first time as 8 B-25's raid Paramushiru Island in the Kurile Islands, scoring hits on the S part of Shimushu Island, Paramushiru Island, Kurile Strait, and northern Paramushiru Island, in dead reckoning runs when solid cloud cover prevents a maximum altitude attack. No AA fire is encountered and no enemy aircraft are sighted. The B-25's stage through Attu Island on returning to Adak Island. 6 B-24's, originally slated to accompany the B-25's to Paramushiru Island and 5 other B-25's are on short notice dispatched to attack a convoy off Attu Island. They claim 2 medium freighters sunk in deck-level strikes.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 9 B-24's bomb the dock area at Haiphong, French Indochina.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VII BC Mission Number 72: 121 B-17's and 5 YB-40's are dispatched to the Caen/Carpiquet Airfield and 64 B-17's are dispatched to the Abbevile/Drucat Airfield, both in France; 34 hit Caen at 0832 hours while 36 hit Abbeville at 0729-0735 hours; they claim 17-7-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost while 33 others are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 10 MIA. In a second raid, 101 B-17's are dispatched against Le Bourget Airfield, Paris but the mission is abandoned due to cloud cover.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's attack the marshalling yard at Catania and airfield at Vibo Valentia; and B-25's hit Palazzolo, Sciacca, Catania, Agrigento, Floridia, Giarratana, Biscari, Syracuse, and Piazza Armerina while fighters cover the assault beach areas.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 9/10 Jul, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Catania, Syracuse, the Syracuse Isthmus seaplane base and the railroad station at Syracuse, and Caltagirone; Northwest African AF Troop Carrier Command flies airborne operations to drop British and US paratroops; the US Seventh and British Eighth Armies make amphibious landings on the S and SE coast of Sicily. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-36's hit railroads, road junctions, trains, and vehicles while P-40's fly cover for amphibious landinps. NATAF light and medium bombers hit airfields at Sciacca, Canicatti, Ponte Olivo, and Trapani, and towns and surrounding areas of Caltagirone and Palazzolo. Throughout the day NASAF B-17's and B-25's bomb Milo and Sciacca Airfields, Gerbini satellite fields, and towns of Palazzolo and Caltanissetta, Sicily. P-38's on sweep strafe radar installation. HQ 3Air Defense Wing transfers from Tunisia to Licata, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's pound Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. Seabees report a 3,300-ft (1,006 m) airstrip at Segi Point on New Georgia Island available for limited operations; this provides an emergency landing field only 40 mi (64 km) from Japanese facilities at Munda, New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's pound Salamaua, Logui, and the SE bank of the Francisco River as Allied ground forces effect junction at Buigap Creek cutting communications between Salamaua and Mubo; a single B-24 bombs the village of Kela. B-24's bomb Boela on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands and Babo, New Guinea.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 11 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 5 B-24's take off to attack Paramushiru Island in the Kurile Islands and fly a shipping search but are turned back by bad weather. A shipping search by 5 B-25's finds nothing. 6 B-25's and 6 B-24's in 3 missions (one by radar) attack North Head and Main Camp on Kiska Island sighting new excavations near Sredni Point, strafe a tent near Haycock Rock, and also fly over Segula Island.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 3 B-24's from Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands fly a photo reconnaissance mission to Little Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands; 2 of the B-24's bomb the island.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): A few B-24's hit the port of Haiphong, French Indochina.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 3 B-24's bomb the Haiphong harbor area, 3 bomb shipping in the Campha Port area, and 8 pound positions and barracks area at Kunlong, China; and P-40's strafe traffic between Lao Kay and Cha Pa, and hit oil storage area SW of Lao Kay.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's hit airfields at Vibo Valentia, Sicily and Reggio di Calabria, Italy. In Sicily, B-25's hit airfields at Trapani, Milo and Bo Rizzo, and areas between Sciacca and Enna. P-40's escort bombers and provide beach cover as invasion forces push inland in Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army's II Corps is hit by a counterattack, mainly in the Gela region. The attack is repelled, but an airdrop of a contingent of 82Airborne Division troops results in heavy casualties.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) planes hit Milo and Sciacca Airfields during the night of 10/11 Jul and numerous tactical targets during the day, including town areas, vehicle convoys, bridges, trains and roads; NASAF B-17's bomb the Catania marshalling yard while B-26's hit Milo Airfield and Gerbini satellite airfields; and B-25's and P-38's hit Sciacca Airfield and the town of Caltanissetta.

Throughout the day NASAF fighters attack truck convoys on Sicilian highways, and hit gun positions and targets of opportunity.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's and B-17's attack Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island, hitting revetments E and W of the strip.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's and B-25's blast positions in the battle zone from Nassau Bay inland to the Mubo area, hitting the trail ketween Logui and Kennedy's Crossing, the Bobdubi and Bobdubi Ridge areas, Salamaua, Kela Point and villages scattered through the area. Other B-25's bomb Penfoei on Timor Island. B-17's and B-24's pound airfields in the Rabaul area on New Britain Island.

The 19BS(M), 22BG(M) transfers with B-26's from Woodstock, Queensland, Australia to Dobodura, New Guinea. The 19th, which has been in combat in the SWPA since Apr 42, was pulled out of combat in Jan 43 for R&R. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on this tour on 27 Jul 43.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 12 JULY 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 7 B-24's attack docks and shipping at Campha Port, shipping at Ha Long Bay, and railroad yards, power plant, and warehouses at Hongay. The B-24's claim critical damage to 2 freighters; and P-40's strafe trucks S of Ha Giang.

The flight of the 9(Photo)S(L), 10AF operating from Kunming, China and it's detachment operating from Kweilin, China with F-4's return to their base at Pandaveswar, India.

The 21Photographic Squadron(L), 5(Photo)Reconnaissance and Mapping Group dispatches a flight with F-5's from Bishnupur, India to Kunming and Kweilin, China.

MTO - ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): A B-24 of the lst (Anti-sub)S(H) sinks U-506 near Portugal at 42-30N 16-30W.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's attack the harbor, ferry slip, and marshalling yard at Reggio di Calabria, and the ferry slip and railroad yards at Villa San Giovanni. In Sicily, B-25's hit Bo Rizzo Airfield while P-40's patrol over the Licata area. On the ground in Sicily, with bridgeheads firmly established by the end of day, British and US troops make contact at Ragusa. RAF heavy bombers bomb Reggio di Calabria Airfield, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 11/12 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons pound Trapani, Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, and Montecorvino-Rovello Airfield and Northwest African AF Troop Carrier Command drops paratroops in front of the forward lines in the battle area; more than 20 C-47's fail to return from mission; during the following day, B-17's hit Messina railroad bridges, medium and light bombers hit Gerbini satellite field, Agrigento, Canicatti, and Milo Airfield. Fighters hit trucks, trains, troops, tanks, and other targets of opportunity during sweeps over Sicily. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters and light bombers hit Milo Airfield, Sicilian beaches, Termini harbor and town, Ninfa rail junction, several trains, numerous vehicles, and communications targets throughout Sicily.

Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) aircraft fly convoy escort and carry out shipping strikes in Tyrrhenian Sea and W of Corsica and Sardinia.

HQ XII Air Support Command transfers from Tunisia to Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 10 B-25's attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island, which is hit later in the day by B-24's on armored reconnaissance. 17 B-24's pound the airfield on Ballale Island. Several fighters join USN dive bombers in strikes on AA and bivouacs in the Munda area on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 13 B-24's bomb airfields and the town area in Rabaul, New Britain Island and vicinity. In the Moluccas Islands, 2 B-25's hit Lingat Airfield and Selaroe Island villages. A lone B-17 bombs Garove Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 13 JULY 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): 16 B-25's lay mines in the Irrawaddy River, Burma.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's strike airfields at Crotone, Italy and Vibo Valentia, Sicily.

In Sicily, B-25's attack the Leonforte road and harbor at Termini; and P-40's patrol the Licata area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 12/13 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons hit Caltanissetta, Gerbini Airfield, and Enna. During the day, B-17's, B-25's, B-26's, and fighters attack Enna, Milo Airfield, Carcitella landing ground, Randazzo, and targets of opportunity. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) aircraft hit truck convoys, trains, railway stations, troops, and numerous targets of opportunity over wide areas in Sicily. Northwest African Coastal Air

Force (NACAF) continues sea patrols, reconnaissance, and convoy protection and attack ship convoy NE of Palermo, Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, the British effort to break out onto Catania Plain by establishing bridgehead over Simeto River near Lentini is firmly opposed.

HQ 31FG and it's 309FS transfer with Spitfires from Gozo Island, Malta to Ponte Olivo, Sicily.

The air echelon of the 23 Photographic Squadron(L), 5th Photograhic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group arrives at La Marsa, Tunisia from the US with F-5's. The ground echelon is still at Colorado Springs, Colorado and will not leave the US until 8 Aug; they will arrive at La Marsa on 8 Sep.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's, operating individually, bomb the airfield, town area, harbor, and other targets in the Lae area; B-25's blast positions in the Salamaua area, along the road between Kela and MacDonald's Junction, and hit AA guns at Salamaua and MacDonald's Junction; and ground forces clear the Mubo area and Lababia Ridge of the enemy.

HQ 375TCG arrives at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from the US.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 14 JULY 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 73: Three targets are struck in France, i.e.: 1. 111 B-17's and 5 YB-40's are dispatched against the aircraft works at Villacoublay, France; 101 hit the target at 0811-0815 hours; they claim 15-7-16 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's are lost and 67 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 21 MIA.

2. 64 B-17's are dispatched against Amiens/Glisy Airfield; 53 hit the target at 0742 hours; they claim 9-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost, 3 are damaged beyond repair and 34 are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 3 WIA and 10 MIA.

3. 84 B-17's are dispatched against LeBourget Airfield, Paris; 52 hit the target at 0750-0820 hours; they claim 41-27-32 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 50 damaged; casualties are 16 WIA and 41 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-24's and RAF heavy bombers hit railroad, marshalling yard, harbor, and oil storage facilities at Messina; B-25's hit the Enna and Palermo areas; and P-40's patrol Licata and attack the Lentini area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 13/14 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Palermo and Messina, and C-47's drop paratroops in advance of Allied troops to secure a bridge at Primosole.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) aircraft hit ammo dumps, trains, rail junctions, bridges, vehicle convoys, and other targets of opportunity in the Sicilian countryside, and bomb several town areas including Enna and Palermo during several raids throughout the night of 13/14 Jul and the following day. During the day, B-17's, B-26's, B-25's, and fighters hit Naples, Italy and Messina, Enna, Marsala, and Randazzo, and numerous targets of opportunity in Sicily. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) continues sea patrols, reconnaissance, and convoy protection.

On the ground in Sicily, British forces attempting to establish a bridgehead at the Primosole bridge on the Simeto River near Lentini continue to face strong opposition.

The detachment of the 15(Photo)S(H), 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, operating from Le Kroub, Algeria with B-17's and F-5's returns to it's base at La Marsa, Tunisia.

The air echelon of the 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers from Korba, Tunisia to Ponte Olivo, Sicily with P-51's. The ground echelon will remain at Tunis, Tunisia until FRIDAY.

The 307th and 308FSs, 31FG, transfer with Spitfires from Gozo Island, Malta to Ponte Olivo, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and P-40's strike small craft in Hunda Cove and Beagle Channel off New Georgia Island; 2 barges and a small vessel are claimed destroyed. B-24's and B-17's pound airfields on Ballale Island and Buka Island, and at Kahili on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's bomb and strafe the Orodubi area; and a single B-17 hits Lae. B-24's bomb Koepang on Timor Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 15 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 1 B-24 and 2 P-39's fly reconnaissance over Kiska and Segula Islands. 9 B-24's and 14 B-25's bomb Kiska Island targets including AA batteries at North Head, Jeff Cove and Gertrude Cove. Fires are started. 1bomber turns back with 3 engines and jettisons bombs, another crashes on return. AA fire damages a B-25.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 71Liaison Squadron is activated at Ondal, India, assigned to the 10AF. The squadron will be equipped with L-4's and L-5's and enter combat in Oct 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's strike main airfield and 2 satellite fields at Foggia, Italy.

In Sicily, B-25's bomb Palermo, Cape Gallo, Salina Island, and Cape Zifferano; and P-40's patrol over the Licata area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 14/16 Jul, Wellingtons of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) hit airfields and docks at Naples, Italy while Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers bomb Palermo, Sicily and fly armored reconnaissance, attacking roads and convoys, over extensive areas of Sicily. During the day, NASAF medium bombers bomb Vibo Valentia, Sicily, while heavy bombers hit Villa San Giovanni, Italy. NASAF fighters fly numerous strafing and bombing missions against trains, road junctions, radar installations, truck convoys, railway stations, and targets of opportunity throughout Sicily.

Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) airplanes fly sea patrols, reconnaissance, convoy escort, and hit shipping off the W coast of Corsica and E coast of Sardinia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's, P-40's, and P-38's strafe 2 barges NE of Ganongga Island, leaving them sinking. A large enemy force, estimated at 27 bombers and 40-50 Zekes, is intercepted over Vella Lavella Island by USAAF and other Allied fighters, which claim 15 bombers and 30 Zekes destroyed, against 3 losses.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's hit positions along the Orodubi-Komiatum Track.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 16 JULY 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 1: 16 B-26B's are dispatched against the marshalling yard at Abbeville, France; 14 hit the target at 2000 hours; 10 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA. With this mission, the VIII Air Support Command begins combat operations, having acquired the 322d, 323d, 386th, and 387BG(M).

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's attack Bari Airfield, Italy; enemy fighters attack persistently and 3 B-24's are shot down; they claim 11 fighters destroyed in combat.

B-25's bomb Randazzo and Valguarnera, Sicily. RAF heavy bombers hit Reggio di Calabria Airfield, Italy.

HQ 79FG transfers from Tunisia to Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 15/16 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb the dock, marshalling yards, and airfields at Vibo Valentia, Sicily and Crotone, Reggio di Calabria, and Villa San Giovanni, Italy, while Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers carry out numerous missions against Randazzo, Sicily and roads in Sicily. During the day NATAF fighters, light and medium bombers bomb Valguarnera, Sicily and targets of opportunity in north central Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, British troops establish a bridgehead across the Simeto River.

The ground echelon of the 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers from Tunis, Tunisia to Ponte Olivo, Sicily joining the air echelon which arrived on Tuesday.

The air echelon of the 414NPS, 2 Air Defense Wing, which has been training in England with Beaufighters, joins the ground echelon at Rerhaia, Algeria. The squadron will enter combat on 24 Jul.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands 30+ B-24's and B-17's pound Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. In the Buin, Bougainville Island-Faisi Island area, 7 B-24's join 70+ USN dive bombers and 100+ USAAF, (RNZAF), USN, and USMC fighters in an attack on shipping. Allied airplanes claim 40+ aircraft destroyed or damaged; 7 vessels, including a destroyer, are sunk.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A single B-24 bombs forces at MacDonald's Junction, New Guinea. (RAAF) airplanes hit positions to the SW.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 17 JULY 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 7(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida with B-18's but operating from Edinburgh Field, Trinidad, ceases flying ASW missions.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 71Liaison Squadron, 10AF transfers from Ondal, India to Ramgarh, India and begins training with L-4's and L-5's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 74: The two primary targets are the rail industry at Hannover, Germany and the aviation industry at Hamburg, Germany. Both missions are recalled due to weather but the bombers hit three targets, i.e.: 1. 205 B-17's and 2 YB-40's are dispatched against Hannover; 33 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 32-7-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 50 are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 9 WIA and 3 MIA.

2. 125 B-17's are dispatched against Hamburg; 1 hits a convoy and 21 attempt to bomb the Fokker plant at Amsterdam, The Netherlands which is obscured by clouds; the target is missed and 150 civilians are killed; they claim 28-9-33 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 41are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 14 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Nubmer 2: B-26's fly a diversion to the Cayeux, France area.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): About 80 B-24's bomb the Naples, Italy marshalling yard in face of fierce fighter opposition; 1 B-24 is shot down and several are damaged; they claim 23 fighters destroyed in combat. In Sicily, B-25's hit Catania and the rail yards and roads at Paterno; and P-40's fly escort to Gela and Comiso. RAF heavy bombers hit Reggio di Calabria, Italy.

The 87FS, 79FG, transfers with P-40's from Malta to Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 16/17 Jul and the following day Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, light and medium bombers, hit Catania, Paterno, the Riposto railroad station, and targets of opportunity (vehicles, tanks, trains, guns). During the day, 200+ B-25's, B-26's, and B-17's bomb Naples, Italy, concentrating on the marshalling yard.

On the ground in Sicily, the US 45th and 1Infantry Divisions cross the Salso River S and E of Caltanissetta. The British 30 Corps expands the Simeto River bridgehead and drives toward Catania in the coastal sector while 51Division crosses the Simeto River and reaches to within 10 miles (16 km) of Paterno.

HQ 350FG and it's 345FS transfer with P-39's from Maison Blance, Algeria to Rerhaia, Algeria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 7 B-24's and 70+ USN and Marine Corps airplanes, escorted by 100+ USAAF and Allied fighters, attack shipping off Buin, Bougainville Island. The B-24's claim hits on 2 cargo vessels, and the dive bombers claim serious damage of 3 destroyers, a patrol ship, an oiler, a merchant ship, and the 2 cargo vessels. In the air battle, Allied aircraft claim 40+ Zekes and at least 4 float planes shot down; 5 Allied airplanes are lost.

The 75BS(M), 42BG(M), which has been operating from New Caledonia Island with B-25's, returns to it's base on Guadalcanal Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): During the night of 17/l8 Jul, B-25's bomb Lautem on Timor Island while B-24's bomb Adaoet Island in the Moluccas Islands. In New Guinea during the day, B-25's pound the airfield, Army HQ and defensive positions, and the general area in and around Salamaua as Allied forces from the Nassau Bay-Mubo area begin a drive on Salamaua; the drive is a secondary effort designed to divert enemy attention from a subsequent Allied campaign to secure the Markham River Valley and Huon Peninsula and thus gain control of Vitiaz Strait and Dampier Strait.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 18 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 2 B-24's and 6 B-25's bomb Gertrude Cove and Main Camp on Kiska Island. 6 B-24's bomb shipping targets between Paramushiru Island and Shimushu Island in the Kurile Islands and completed runway at Murakami Bay on Paramushiru Island, which is also photographed. They observe fires among buildings S and E of this runway. Some of the observed aircraft take to the air and vainly pursue the attackers.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 6 B-24's, flying out of Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands, bomb Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Japanese bombers raiding Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands are forced to jettison their bombs at sea because of intense AA and fighter defense.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 7 B-24's bomb shipping at Haiphong and Hongay, French Indochina.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's bomb Randazzo and Catania, Sicily.

The 85th and 86FSs, 79FG, transfer with P-40's from Malta to Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 17/18 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb airfields at Montecorvino, Sicily and Pomigliano, Italy, while Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers bomb Catania, Sicily and carry out reconnaissance of extensive areas of Sicily. During the day, NATAF A-36's hit Santa Caterina, Adrano, Lercara, and Termini Imerese, Sicily. On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army makes rapid progress against light opposition. The British Eighth Army continues their advance, but 13 Corps continues to meet strong resistance near Catania. HQ 27BG (Ligth) and it's 16th, 17th and 91BS(L) transfer with A-36's from Korba, Tunisia to Sicily. The 27th will be redesignated the 27FBG on 23 Aug 43; the 16, 17th and 91 will be redesignated the 522d, 523 and 524FBS respectively. HQ 33FG transfers from Pantelleria Island in the Mediterranean to Licata, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 21 B-24's, 20+ P-40's and P-38's, and 140+ USN and Marine Corps dive bombers and fighters thoroughly blast the Kahili area on Bougainville Island; 15 B-24's concentrate on the airfield; many AA positions are attacked, as are revetments and runways.

Hits are claimed on 2 destroyers, and a light craft is sunk. The Allied airplanes claim 21 fighters shot down; 9 US USN aircraft are lost. A B-25 off New Georgia Island strafes a motor launch.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): During the night of 18/19 Jul, B-24's bomb the harbor area at Makassar on Celebes Island. In New Guinea, several B-25's, a B-24, and an A-20 bomb and strafe Lokanu, Boisi, Tambu Peninsula, Dot Island, Salamaua, and Komiatum as US forces secure the S headland of Tambu Bay for a supply base. Other B-25's attack barges and shipping off New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago sinking a small cargo vessel off Cape Kwoi.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 19 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): The 633d, 634th and 635BSs (Dive), 407BG (Dive), based at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida begin operating from Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Islands with A-24's. The squadron will fly combat mission s 4-13 Aug.

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 14(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, based at Camp Edward Army Air Field, Falmouth, Massachusetts, begins operating from Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia with B-24's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's damage the approaches to the Shweli, Burma road bridge.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 4 B-24's attack cement works at Haiphong, French Indochina.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): 100+ B-24's attack the Littoria, Italy marshalling yards and nearby airfield. On the return flight railroads at Orlando, Sicily and Anzio, Italy are bombed. B-25's hit Catania and Randazzo, Sicily. P-40's escort C-47's.

The 64th, 65th and 66FSs, 57FG, transfer with P-40's from Malta to Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 18/19 Jul, Wellingtons drop over 800,000 leaflets on Rome, Italy. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers attack Catania, Sicily. During the following day, about 150 Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the Rome, Italy railroad yards; B-25's and B-26's hit nearby Ciampino Airfield, Italy; P-40's bomb rail facilities in the Alcamo, Sicily area; and NATAF A-36's attack trains and motor transport in W Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army continues to push N and NW while the British Eighth Army's 13 Corps still faces firm resistance near Catania.

The 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers with P-51's from Ponte Olivo, Sicily to Gela, Sicily. The 308FS, 31FG, transfers with Spitfires from Ponte Olivo, Sicily to Agrigento, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-17's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. B-17's and B-25's hit the airfield on Ballale Island. B-25's in support of ground forces hit positions in the Bairoko battle area on New Georgia Island where enemy resistance is fierce.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, a B-25 bombs a bridge over the mouth of the Francisco River; a B-17 hits Finschhafen Airfield; and (RAAF) Bostons attack a gun position at Komiatum and a military camp at Erskine Creek.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 20 JULY 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (ANTISUBMARINE COMMAND): The air echelon of the 7(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, which has been operating from Edinburgh Field, Trinidad with B-18's since Apr 43, returns to it's base at Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-24's attack Mandalay, Burma. The 491BS(M), 341BG(M), based at Chakulia, India sends a detachment of ground personnel to Gaya, India.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 4 P-40's bomb a warehouse area at Tengchung; 6 others strafe river traffic and railroad targets of opportunity at Sinti, Changanyi, Tingszekiao, Kaiyu, and near Puchi.

ETO - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): In the Bay of Biscay, a B-24 of the 19(Antisub)S(H) sinks U-588 at 45-10N 09-42W.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's attack Randazzo and Taormina; and RAF (RAF) heavy bombers hit Vibo Valentia Airfield.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 19/20 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Aquino, Sicily and Capodichino, Italy Airfields while Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) medium and light bombers attack vehicles, roads, and town areas around and in Randazzo, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Orlando, and Nicosia, Sicily. During the day, NASAF fighter-bombers attack targets of opportunity in W Sicily while NASAF medium bombers strike Montecorvino Airfield.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army and British Eighth Army continue to push NW and N. The US 82Airborne Division takes Sciacca and Menfi; the US 9d Infantry Division clears Santo Stefano Quisquina and the heights N of Mussomeli; the US 2Armored Division, with British units, takes Enna and drives on to Villapriolo. The Canadian 1Division pushes to the Leonforte area; the British 51Division attacks the German airfield near Sferro; 13 Corps is halted by strong opposition on the Catania Plain.

HQ 86FG transfers from Korba, Tunisia to Gela, Sicily.

The 12(Photo)S(L), 3 Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, based at Ariana, Tunisia begins operating from Gela and Ponte Olivo, Sicily with F-4's.

The 309BS (Dive), 86BG (Dive): transfers with A-36's from Tafaraoui, Algeria to Gela, Sicily. The 310th and 312BSs (Dive) of the same group transfer from Korba, Tunisia to Gela with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 18 B-24's bomb airfields at Kahili on Bougainville Island and on Ballale Island. Fighters strafe barges in Pakoi Bay, New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea US ground forces begin the struggle for the heights commanding Tambu Bay and Dot Inlet; A-20's and B-25's pound Madang Airfield and area, the Komiatum, Logui, areas along the Gum River and S of the Gogol River, the Gori River bridge area, and Bogadjim. On Timor Island, B-25's bomb Lautem, Dili, and Cape Chater Airfield. A single B-24 bombs Arawe on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 21 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 9 B-24's bomb Kiska Island targets, including the runway, North Head, and Main Camp area where fires are observed.

Poor weather cancels other scheduled missions.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, about 20 B-25's bomb Randazzo and P-40's escort C-47's to Licata and return.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 20/21Jul, Wellingtons of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) hit Crotone Airfield and the Naples marshalling yard in Italy; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers hit motor transport convoys in the Randazzo, Sicily area. During the day, NASAF B-17's bomb Grosseto Airfield, Italy. On the ground in Sicily, US Rangers seize Castelvetrano and the airport; the US 82Airborne Division takes San Margherita and the US 3d Infantry Division takes Corleone; the US 45th Infantry Division, pushing NW, takes Valledolmo; and the US lst Infantry Division clears Alimena.

In the British 30 Corps area, the Canadian l Division takes Leonforte.

HQ 31FG transfers from Ponte Olivo, Sicily to Agrigento, Sicily.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 84BS(L) transfer with A-20's from Soliman, Tunisia to Malta. The 307th and 309FSs, 31FG, transfer with Spitfires from Ponte Olivo, Sicily to Agrigento, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands in a series of sorties in support of ground forces, 22 B-25's, 50+ USAAF and USN fighters, and 170+ USN dive bombers blast positions in the Bairoko area on New Georgia Island; 135 tons of bombs are dropped.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ B-25's again thoroughly pound the Madang area; other B-25's hit the junction of the Gori and Ioworo Rivers and the village of Bogadjim; and B-26's bomb barges and jetties W of Voco Point. Single B-24's bomb Finschhafen Airfield, New Guinea and the town of Rabaul on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. The 66TCS, 5AF, arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with C-47's. The squadron will begin aerial transportation in the theater on 27 Jul.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 22 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 26 B-25's, 17 B-24's, 13 P-40's, and 20 P-38's hit North Head, Main Camp, and the submarine base at Kiska Island, as well as coastal defenses and AA guns at both Kiska and Little Kiska Islands, starting numerous fires. Intense and heavy AA fire downs one B-25 (crew saved) and damages 18 aircraft of which another B-25 crashes at base. 1 B-25 photographs the S and W Kiska Island shores. 1 B-24 flies radar reconnaissance over Kiska Island. The 77BS(M), 28th Composite Group, based on Adak Island begins operating from Attu Island with B-25's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The results of the first phase of the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO): are good according to a report of the British Joint Intelligence Committee. The report maintains the CBO has caused Germany to adopt a defensive air strategy resulting in more than half its fighter strength being employed on the Western Front at the expense of the Eastern and Mediterranean Fronts as well as causing considerable damage to transportation, the synthetic rubber industry, and the fuel, iron, and coal industries of the Ruhr.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's escort C-47's to Ponte Olivo, Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 21/22 Jul, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons bomb Capodichino Airfield and Salerno marshalling yard in Italy. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers hit Randazzo, the railroad at Falcone, and the road W of Marina. In Italy during the day, 100+ B-17's bomb the Battipaglia marshalling yard and Foggia; B-26's hit a Salerno bridge and marshalling yard; and fighters fly a sweep over Maddalena Island, strafing factories, trucks, and small vessels. In Sicily, NATAF light bombers bomb Adrano, Paterno, Troina, and Misterbianco.

On the ground in Sicily, US Seventh Army troops take Palermo; and the 1Infantry Division continues N, taking Bompietro.

The 85th and 86BS(L), 47BG(L), transfer from Soliman, Tunisia to Malta with A-20's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 20+ B-17's and B-24's, 40+ USN dive bombers, and 100+ Allied fighter aircraft attack shipping in the area off Buin, Bougainville Island. A sea-plane carrier is sunk, and damaging hits are claimed on several other vessels.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's blast troops, AA guns, defensive positions, and targets of opportunity in the battle zones at Komiatum, on Komiatum Ridge, at Kela Mountain, at Salamaua, and along trails near Komiatum and Salamaua. B-24's bomb an oil refinery, docks, and railroad yards at Soerabaja, Java. B-25's hit targets of opportunity on Selaroe Island in the Moloccas Islands.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 23 JULY 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 23(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, which has been operating from Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia with B-25's, returns to it's base at Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's escort C-47's to Licata, Sicily. RAF heavy bombers hit Reggio di Calabria, Italy Airfield.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's, B-25's, and B-26's bomb Leverano and Crotone, Italy, and Aquino Airfield, Sicily. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) medium bombers and fighters bomb and strafe Misterbianco, transport in the Nicosia-Troina-Randazzo areas, and bridges and landing craft in the coastal area around Santo Stefano di Camastra and Orlando.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army mops up in W Sicily. The British Eighth Army's 30 Corps meets firm opposition as it moves E from Leonforte.

HQ XII BC transfers from Constantine, Algeria to Tunis, Tunisia.

The 97BS(L), 47BG(L) transfers with A-20's from Soliman, Tunisia to Malta.

A detachment of the 414NPS, 2 Air Defense Wing, based at Rerhaia, Algeria begins operating from Protville, Tunisia with Beaufighters. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission tomorrow.

A detachment of the 415NPS, 1 Air Defense Wing, based at Monastir, Tunisia begins operating from Protville, Tunisia with Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and P-40's, along with USN dive bombers, pound the Rekata Bay area on Santa Isabel Island. The 67FS, 347FG, transfers with P-39's from New Caledonia Island to Woodlark Island off the SE coast of New Guinea.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's, B-26's, B-24's, and B-17's again pound targets in coastal NE New Guinea, hitting Malolo, Asini, Busama, Voco Point, and Salamaua, blasting barges from Hanisch Harbor to Wald Bay and Cape Busching, and thoroughly bomb Bogadjim.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 24 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 62 P-40's fly 9 missions to Kiska Island [2 of them with Royal Canadian AF (RCAF) pilots] bombing the runway and scoring many hits. An AA battery takes a direct hit and explodes. AA guns are strafed on North Head and Little Kiska Island. Intense AA fire downs 1 P-40.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 8 B-24's from Midway Island attack Wake Island, bombing oil storage, barracks, and a gun emplacement. 20-30 Zekes attack the formation; 9 fighters are claimed destroyed; 1 B-24 is lost in a collision with a falling Japanese fighter.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 75: Three targets in Norway are attacked. This is Eighth's first Mission to Norway and its longest (1,900 miles or 3,040 km round trip) to date.

1. 179 B-17's and 1YB-40 are dispatched against the nitrate works at Heroya, Norway; 167 aircraft hit the target at 1317-1414 hours; they claim 9-2-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 53 are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 10 MIA. Work at the plant is disrupted for 3.5 months, and unfinished aluminum and magnesium plants are damaged and subsequently abandoned by the Germans.

2. 45 B-17's are dispatched against the port area at Trondheim; 41 hit the target; they claim 4-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 9 are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

3. 84 B-17's are dispatched against the port area at Bergen; they find 10/10 cloud cover and return to base with their bombs.

Crews successfully experiment with a new assembly procedure for occasions when bad weather conditions prevent ascent in formation. Aircraft take off individually on instruments, proceed to a designated splasher beacon for group formation, and then along line of 3 splasher beacons for force assembly. The method works well and makes possible many future missions which might otherwise have been abandoned.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, P-40's fly armored reconnaissance and fighter-bomber mission s over the Adrano and Milazzo areas. The attacks are concentrated against motor transport targets.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's and B-25's bomb the railroad yards at Bologna and B-26's hit the railroad yards at Paola. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighter-bombers hit barges, warships, and docks in the Messina-Milazzo area and transport NE of Mount Etna.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army continues to mop up the W part of Sicily. Further E, the US 45th Infantry Division takes Cefalu and Castelbuono while the US 1Infantry Division seizes Gangi and heads toward Nicosia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On New Georgia Island in the Solomon Islands, 48 fighters join USN and Marine dive bombers in support of ground forces in the Bairoko area. Later in the day gun positions at Bibolo Hill near Munda are hit, along with other targets.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb Lautem, Fuiloro, Koepang, and Tenau on Timor Island, the airfield and surrounding areas at Lae, New Guinea, and attack barges in the Wapelik and Cape Busching area of New Britain Island and villages on the Itni River on New Britain.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 25 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 40 P-40's fly 7 attack missions [2 by (RCAF) pilots] against Kiska Island, bombing and strafing North Head AA batteries, the runway, Main Camp, and Little Kiska Island.

HQ 343FG transfers from Adak Island to Amchitka Island.

The 406BS(M), 41BG(M), based at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, Territory of Alaska begins operating from Adak Island with B-25's.

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (ANTISUBMARINE COMMAND): The 15(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida begins operating from Batista Field, Cuba with B-24's.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 72FS, 318FG, transfers from Wheeler Field, Oahu to Hilo Field, Hawaii, Territory of Hawaii with P-39's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 9 B-25's, escorted by 17 P-40's and P-38's, bomb Hankow Airfield, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 76: Three locations in Germany are targetted; 19 heavy bombers are lost, mostly to effective formation attacks by German fighters. The raid on Hamburg is part of 6 Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) missions against that port city and follows a raid of the previous night during which nearly 750 RAF heavy bombers did tremendous damage to the target. The three targets are: 1. 123 B-17's are dispatched against the diesel engine works at Hamburg but due to cloud cover, 100 hit the shipyard at 1630-1645 hours; they claim 38-6-27 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17's are lost and 67 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 5 WIA and 150 MIA.

2. 59 B-17's are dispatched against the Kiel Shipyard but return because of cloud cover.

3. 141 B-17's are dispatched against the aviation industry at Warnemunde; 118 hit the Kiel Shipyard at 1630-1700 hours; they claim 6-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 50 are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 40 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 3: 18 B-26B's are dispatched against the coke ovens at Ghent, Belgium; 13 hit the target at 1458 hours; 6 aircraft are damaged.

MTO - ITALY

King Victor Emmanuel III announces the fall of the Benito Mussolini government. Marshall Pietro Badoglio becomes premier and takes command of the Italian army.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's bomb docks and shipping at Milazzo; almost 100 P-40's strafe and bomb Milazzo, Taormina, and Catania harbor. Other P-40's escort C-47's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF), medium and light bombers, and fighters during night and day raids, attack shipping and docks at Milazzo and in the Santo Stefano di Camastra-Orlando area, and hit roads and motor transport, bridges and armor concentration in the Orlando-Adrano-Troina-Nicosia areas.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army makes slow progress along the N coastal road, while the British Eighth Army's 30 Corps takes part in hard fighting in the Agira area.

HQ 1Air Defense Wing transfers from Sousse, Tunisia to Palermo, Sicily. This unit will be redesignated the 62FW on 7 Aug 43.

HQ 14FG transfers from El Bathan, Tunisia to Ste-Mariedu-Zit, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Lieutenant General Nathan F Twining, USAAF, becomes Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS). Fighter Command and Bomber Command, Solomons, are taken over by Brigadier General Dean C Strother USAAF, and Colonel William A Matheny, USAAF, respectively; Strother retains his position as Commanding General XIII Fighter Command.

The Japanese try to hit US forces on Rendova Island but Allied fighters shoot down several Zekes (8 claimed) and force the enemy bombers to drop their bombs indiscriminately. On New Georgia Island, the final push on the Japanese base at Munda opens with a bombardment by 7 destroyers and the heaviest air attack in the South Pacific (SOPAC) Theater to date; 170+ B-24's, B-25's, B-17's, TBF's, and SBD's, covered by 70+ fighters, pound the target thoroughly, dropping more than 145 tons of bombs in little more than a half hour; later in the afternoon 10 more B-24's, with fighter cover, bomb Bibolo Hill, and SBD's and TBF's dive-bomb gun positions; and later in the day, gun positions NE of Kindu Village are hit. The 43and 37th Infantry Divisions open the ground assault against the firmly entrenched enemy.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Single B-24's attack a large transport vessel WNW of Buka Passage in the Solomon Islands and bomb Lingat and Adaoet Islands in the Moluccas Islands, and the area near Finschhafen, New Guinea.

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ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 3 bombers and 5 fighters fly 5 armored reconnaissance missions to Kiska Island. 32 B-24's, 38 P-4O's, and 24 P-38's fly 13 attack raids, bombing and scoring hits on numerous Kiska Island and Little Kiska Island targets, including North Head, Main Camp, the runway, Gertrude Cove, AA batteries, and on a suspected submarine in Kiska Island harbor. A submarine is sighted near Rat Island. AA fire claims 1 P-40 (pilot rescued), and damages 3 others. 1 B-25 and 15 P-38's fly 2 air cover missions to Kiska Island for the USN. Over 1O4 tons of bombs are dropped on Kiska Island this day, highest one-day bomb load so far dropped by the 11AF.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The last Mission against Wake Island from Midway Island is flown. 8 B-24's bomb targets including oil storage area. 20+ fighters (including an aircraft identified as a possible Fw 190) intercept the formation. The B-24's claim 11 of the fighters shot down.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 5 B-25's, escorted by 12 fighters, bomb Hankow Airfield, China. An estimated 30-50 fighters intercept the force; the B-25's and fighters claim 14 airplanes shot down and 17 probably destroyed; 1 P-40 is lost.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 77: Two targets in Germany and a convoy are hit, i.e.: 1. 119 B-17's and 2 YB-40's are dispatched against rubber factories at Hannover; 96 hit the target at 1200-1243 hours; they claim 40-9-28 Luftwaffe aircraft; 16 B-17's are lost; casualties are 4 KIA, 22 WIA and 126 MIA.

2. 49 of 61 B-17's dispatched against Hannover hit a convoy and other targets of opportunity; they claim 15-1-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17's are lost; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 51 MIA.

3. 54 of 121 B-17's dispatched against Hannover hit the U-boat yards at Hamburg at 1159-1200 hours; they claim 5-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 20 MIA.

A total of 3 B-17's are damaged beyond repair and 86 are damaged on this mission. Mission results are good but costly; 24 aircraft are lost, mostly to enemy fighters.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 4: 18 B-26B's are dispatched against the Saint-Omer/Longuenesse Airfield in France; 15 hit the target at 1112 hours; 4 aircraft are damaged.

HQ 41BW(H) arrives at Brampton Grange, England from the US. This unit will be redesignated 41CBW(H) on 13 Sep 43.

HQ 390BG(H) and it's 568th, 569th, 570th and 571BS(H) arrive at Framlingham, England from the US with B-17's. The group will fly it's first Mission on 12 Aug and remain at this station until Aug 45.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's bomb Milazzo, Paterno, and Adrano; and P-40's strafe and bomb Catania and shipping at Riposto harbor.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily during the night of 25/26 Jul, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) medium bombers attack Milazzo, Adrano, and Paterno; throughout the day light bombers hit Regalbuto at intervals, and fighterbombers harrass shipping, rail, and road movements. Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's bomb the Marina di Paola, Italy marshalling yard.

HQ 64TCG and it's 16th, 17th, 18th and 35TCS transfer from Kairouan, Tunisia to El Djem, Tunisia with C-47's.

The 7TCS, 62TCG, transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Gourbrine, Tunisia with C-47's.

The 37FS, 14FG, transfers from El Bathan, Tunisia to Ste-Marie-du-Zit, Tunisia with P-38's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's, P-38's, P-40's, and Navy aircraft hit a bivouac area and the runway at Kahili on Bougainville Island. B-25's, P-40's, and USN fighters over S Kolombangara Island hit the E shore of Webster Cove and bivouac area and buildings on Simbo Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea 40+ B-24's and B-17's bomb Salamaua, Malolo Mission, Komiatum, Komiatum Ridge, and Lae Airfield.

The 65TCS, 5AF, arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with C-47's. The squadron flies it's first Mission upon arrival.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 27 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 12 bombers and 20 fighters take off on 5 attack missions to Kiska Island. Several of the fighters jettison bombs. The other aircraft hit Main Camp, North Head and Little Kiska Island.

The 21BS(H), 30BG(H) transfers from Umnak Island to Shemya, Island. The air echelon is operating from Amchitka Island.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 10 B-24's attack shipping in the Samah Bay area of Hainan Island, claiming severe damage to 2 vessels; 25-30 fighters intercept the B-24's. 13 fighters are claimed shot down; no B-24's are lost. 6 B-25's, supported by 14 fighters, attack targets of opportunity on Stonecutter's Island, in the Hong Kong area after failing to locate a reported freighter in the area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission Number 5: 18 B-26B's are dispatched against Tricqueville Airfield, France; 17 hit the target at 1825 hours.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's attack tactical targets in battle area in NE Sicily, and others hit shipping at Catania, Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's hit the airfield at Capua and the railroad at Lioni, Italy. B-25's and B-26's bomb the landing ground at Scalea, Sicily. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and light bombers continue bombing and strafing of ports, shipping, bridges, landing grounds, and motor transport in Sicily as the US Seventh Army reaches Tusa and San Mauro and pushes toward Nicosia.

The 307FS, 31FG, transfers from Agrigento, Sicily to Palermo, Sicily with Spitfires.

The 309BS(L), 86BG(L), transfers from Gela, Sicily to Barcelona, Sicily. This squadron will be redesignated the 525FBS on 23 Aug 43.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Brigadier General Ray L Owens becomes Commanding General, 13AF. B-17's bomb airfields at Kahili on Bougainville Island and Ballale Island. 8 P-38's and 70+ USN and Marine Corps aircraft again attack the Munda area on New Georgia Island, hitting positions on Bibolo Hill and targets at Gurasai, Munda Point, and Munda Airfield.

The 371BS(H), 307BG(H) based on Espitu Santo in the Hebrides Islands begins operating with B-24's from Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 35 B-25's and 18 B-24's pound the Salamaua area in one of the largest single-strike attacks of Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA).

Airfield and supply storage at Salamaua, the town of Kela and nearby hilltop positions, and defensive positions between the road and beach at Logui are hit; 5 other B-25's hit barges between Pommern Bay and Finschhafen, and the concentration and supply area at Voco Point; a lone B-24 on armored reconnaissance bombs targets of opportunity on Mundua and Unea Islands.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 28 JULY 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 333FS, 318FG, transfers from Hilo, Hawaii to Bellows Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii with P-39's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 6 B-25's, with escort of 9 P-40's, bomb Taikoo Docks at Hong Kong.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): In the Bay of Biscay, German submarine, U-404, is sunk by a B-24 of the 4(Anti-sub)S(H) and a RAF Liberator of No. 224 Squadron, at 45-53N 09-23W.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 78: The aviation industry in Germany is targetted but bad weather hampers the raids. The targets are: 1. 182 B-17's are dispatched against the Fieseler Works at Kassel, Germany; 58 hit the target at 1027-1054 hours; they claim 27-15-22 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17's are lost, 4 are damaged beyond repair and 54 damaged; casualties are 15 WIA and 71 MIA.

2. 120 B-17's are dispatched to the Fw 190 plant at Oschersleben, Germany; 37 hit the target; they claim 56-19-41 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 64 damaged; casualties are 11 WIA and 134 MIA.

This is the deepest US bomber penetration into Germany to date. The raid achieves good results however, 22 B-17's are lost as fighters score first effective results with rockets. 105 P-47's, equipped with jettisonable belly tanks for the first time on a mission, escort the B-17's into Germany; other P-47's, going more than 30 miles (48 km) deeper into Germany than they have penetrated before, meet the returning bombers.

They surprise about 60 German fighters and destroy 9 of them; 1 P-47 is lost.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Numbers 6 and 7: The primary targets are in Belgium and France, i.e.: 1. 18 B-26B's are dispatched against the coke ovens at Zeebrugge, Belgium; 17 hit the target at 1105 hours; 3 B-26's are damaged.

2. 18 B-26B's are dispatched against Tricqueville Airfield, France but the mission is recalled when the accompanying fighters do not join up.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, almost 100 P-40's hit shipping at Catania and Santa Teresa di Riva, fly patrol over the Straits of Messina, and bomb encampments.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) fighters sweep over S

Sardinia. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers hit Regalbuto, Milazzo, and Centuripe; A-36's and P-40's hit heavy traffic on the Troina-Randazzo road, bridges and roads N and W of Cesaro, the landing ground at Falcone, and buildings near Randazzo.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army takes Nicosia and pushes toward Santo Stefano di Camastra. The British Eighth Army takes Agira. Allied cargo vessels begin arriving at Palermo, and Lieutenant General Harold R Alexander, 15 Army Group Commanding General, moves his

HQ to Sicily.

HQ 320BG and it's 443BS(H) transfer from Massicault, Tunisia to El Bathan, Tunisia with B-26's.

The 8TCS, 62TCG, transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Gourbrine, Tunisia with C-47's.

The 99FS, XII Air Support Command, transfers from Fardjouna, Tunisia to Licata, Sicily with P-40's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and USN aircraft hit gun positions and other targets at Webster Cove on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's attack barges and fuel dump between Cape Raoult and Rein Bay and hit the airfield at Cape Gloucester and 2 destroyers offshore; single B-24's bomb Unea Island and unsuccessfully attack shipping in Saint George Channel between New Ireland and New Britain Islands. In New Guinea, B-24's bomb Manokwari and Larat and Boela on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands. On Timor Island, B-25's hit the town of Lautem and the airfield at Cape Chater.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 29 JULY 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 1 B-17 scouts Kiska Island and bombs the Main Camp area.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 2 flights of B-25's blast the previously bombed Mu River bridge between Ywataung and Monywa. The bridge is hit heavily with 1span left submerged in the river.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 18 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb shipping and dockyard installations at Hong Kong. Kowloon and Taikoo Docks and the old Royal Navy yards are hit. 4 P-40's attack a Japanese force of 23 bombers and 30 fighters attacking Hengyang, China; 1Japanese fighter is downed.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 79: 2 locations in Germany are the targets for this mission: 1. 167 B-17's and a YB-40 are dispatched to the shipyards at Kiel; 91 hit the shipyard at 0901hours and 48 hit targets of opportunity; they claim 48-6-33 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17's are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 62 are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 8 WIA and 61 MIA.

2. 81 B-17's are dispatched to the Heinkel Works at Warnemunde; 54 hit

the target at 0922-0924 hours; they claim 0-2-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 7 damaged; casualties are 40 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 8 and 9: 2 airfields are the target: 1. 18 B-26B's are dispatched against Schipol Airfield at Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the mission is aborted due to a navigational error.

2. 21 B-26B's are dispatched against Ft. Rouge Airfield, France; 19 hit the target at 1828 hours; 8 B-26's are damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 200+ P-40's, to date the largest number of fighters operating in 1day during the Sicilian campaign, attack Messina Riposto, shipping at Catania, Santa Teresa di Riva, Taormina, Milazzo, and in the Straits of Messina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's hit Aquino Airfield, Sicily. B-17's bomb Viterbo Airfield, Italy. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and light bombers hit Regalbuto, Milazzo, shipping off Messina, and gun positions and motor transport in NE Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army almost completes the mopup of W Sicily, approaches Santo Stefano Quisquina, advances on Mistretta, and takes 3 islands off Trapani. The British Eighth Army opens an assault during the night of 29/30 Jul along an axis of Catenanuova-Adrano.

The detachment of the 414NPS, 2Air Defense Wing, operating from Protville, Tunisia with Beaufighters returns to it's base at Rerhaia, Algeria.

The 415NPS, 1Air Defense Wing, transfers from Monastir, Tunisia to La Sebala, Tunisia with Beaufighters. The detachment at Protville, Tunisia also transfers.

The 441, 442 and 444BS(M), 320BG(M), transfer from Massicault, Tunisia to El Bathan, Tunisia with B-26's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's, B-24's, and B-25's bomb Kela Point and village, and Salamaua town and peninsula area. On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's, B-26's, and a B-24 attack Army HQ, barges, and villages in the Natamo vicinity, shipping off Cape Gloucester, Borgen Bay, along the coast from Ring Ring Plantation to Roebuck Point and barges off Cape Dampier, New Guinea. P-40's strafe targets of opportunity.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 30 JULY 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 15 P-40's over the Hengyang, China area make contact with 39 Japanese fighters and 24 bombers. In the ensuing battle, 3 bombers and 2 fighters are downed; 2 P-40's are lost.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission Number 80: The aviation industry at Kassel, Germany is targetted for today: 1. 119 B-17's are dispatched to the Bettenhausen Fieseler Works; 94 hit the target at 0910-0917 hours; they claim 40-7-29 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17's are lost, 5 are damaged beyond repair and 64 are damaged; casualties are 11 KIA, 10 WIA and 52 MIA.

2. 67 B-17's are dispatched to the Waldau Fieseler Works; 40 hit the target at 0925-0928 hours; they claim 8-6-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17's are lost and 18 are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 45 MIA.

107 P-47's with auxiliary tanks escort these raids and they surprise the attacking Luftwaffe fighters over Bocholt, Germany as the enemy is not yet accustomed to fighter escort penetration beyond the coastal fringe. They claim 25-4-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 P-47's are lost and 1 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 6 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission Numbers 10A and 10B: 2 airfields are targetted: 1. 24 B-26B's are dispatched to the Woensdrecht Airfield, The Netherlands; 11 hit the target at 0657 hours; 1 B-26 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 5 are damaged; casualties are 7 WIA and 6 MIA.

2. 24 B-26B's are dispatched to the Courtrai/Wevelghem Airfield, France but the mission is recalled because the escorting fighters are fog bound on the ground.

In the 2 B-26 missions, the B-26 crews claim 6-5-1 Luftwaffe aircraft.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 100+ P-40's attack shipping at Milazzo, Messina, and Riposto, and hit targets in the battle area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb Grottaglie Airfield and B-25's hit the airfield at Pratica di Mare. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-20's bomb Milazzo and hit gun positions N and E of Centuripe and fighters hit shipping off Milazzo.

On the ground in Sicily, the enemy evacuates Santo Stefano Quisquina, with a rear guard action. The British take Catenanuova and push on to the NE.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 9 B-24's, with an escort of 16 P-38's and P-40's and 40+ USN F4U's, pound the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's bomb Salamaua and Kela; B-25's hit barges off Huon Peninsula and villages in the Finschhafen area; and A-20's destroy several barges at Hanisch Harbor and Langemak Bay. Single B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island and Unea Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 31 JULY 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 78FS, 15FG, transfers from Barking Sands, Oahu to Haleiwa Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii with P-40's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): 9 B-24's mine the Rangoon River in Burma during the night of 31 Jul/1 Aug.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): HQ 402BG(M) is disbanded at Kunming, China.

This group, which had been activated in China on 19 May 43, never had any squadrons assigned nor was it fully manned.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Missions Number 11A, 11B, 11C and 11D: The targets are 4 airfields in France: 1. 21 B-26B's are dispatched against Merville Airfield; 20 hit the target at 1120 hours; 2 B-26's are damaged.

2. 21 B-26B's are dispatched against Poix/Nord Airfield; 19 hit the target at 1122 hours; 1 B-26 is lost and 5 ared damaged; casualties are 7 MIA.

3. 21 B-26B's are dispatched against Abbeville/Drucat Airfield and all hit the target at 1617 hours.

4;. 21 B-26B's are dispatched against Tricqueville Airfield; 18 hit the target at 1623 ours; they claim 0-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-26's are damaged.

Lille and Amiens, France are bombed by RAF bombers, also fighter-escorted, in conjunction with US raids.

HQ 392BG(H) and it's 576BS(H) arrive at Wendling, England from the US with B-24's. They will fly their first combat mission on 6 Sep 43 and remain at this station until Jun 45.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's fly escort missions and hit shipping in the Milazzo, Sicily area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's bomb Adrano; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, light and medium bombers hit Paterno, Santa Maria di Licondia and Centuripe, the general area around Paterno, and vessels in the Milazzo-Orlando area.

On the ground in Sicily, US ground forces prepare to attack E along the coast, and further inland press toward Troina. The British, to the S, are fiercely opposed W of Regalbuto.

HQ 42BW(M) is transferred without personnel and equipment from the US to North Africa. Groups will be assigned in Aug 43.

HQ 2BG(H) and it's 20BS(H) transfer with B-17's from Ain M'lila, Algeria to Massicault, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On New Georgia Island in the Solomon Islands, 17 P-40's and P-39's join 90+ USN and Marine Corps aircraft in pounding guns and defensive positions on Bibolo Hill as Allied ground forces close in on airfield at Munda. B-17's, B-25's, P-40's, and USN aircraft attack the airfield at Vila on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit the Finschhafen area and barges at Hanisch Harbor and Mange. B-25's and A-20's blast several barges in the Cape Gloucester area of New Britain Island. B-24's bomb Waingapoe on Sumba Island in the Sunda Islands.

HQ 375TCG transfers from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

AUGUST 1943

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 1 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 7 B-24's bomb the Main Camp area on Kiska Island through the overcast.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): During the month of Aug, the detachment of the 417BS(M), 25BG(M), that has been operating from Camaguey, Cuba with B-25's since 13 Apr 42, returns to it's base at Losey Field, Puerto Rico.

HQ 25BG(M) transfers from Edinburgh Field, Trinidad to Ft Amsterdam, Curacao.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): 8 B-25's hit the E approach of the road bridge at Shweli, Burma, damaging cable anchorages and pylons but leaving the bridge usable.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 577th, 578th and 579BS(H), 392BG(H) arrive at Wendfileling, England from the US with B-24's. The squadrons will fly their first Mission on 6 Sep 43 and remain at this station until Jun 45.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Rumania, 177 B-24's, of the IX BC (including B-24's on loan from the 8AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen are lost, but damage to the targets is severe. 5 Medal of Honors are awarded for this mission.

In Sicily, 230+ P-40's, the largest 9AF total to date, attack Adrano, the area near Randazzo, Messina, Milazzo, Taormina, and shipping in the Straits of Messina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): During the night of 31 Jul/l Aug Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) Wellingtons drop leaflets on Rome and Naples, Italy, and bomb Randazzo and Adrano, Sicily.

During the following day, B-17's bomb Capodichino Airfield, Italy, and B-25's hit Milazzo, Sicily. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers hit Paterno, Randazzo, Adrano, Bronte, Santa Maria di Licondia, and motor transport in the Orlandoarea area. Northwest African Coastal AF (NACAF) Beaufighters score hits on shipping between Sardinia and Italy. On the ground in Sicily, US ground forces advance E along the coast, approach Troina further inland, and begin a movement to flank defenses. The British, to the S, penetrate into Regalbuto. During the month of August, the 3Air Defense Wing (64FW effective 7 Aug 43) transfers from Licata to Gela, Sicily. HQ 97BG(H) transfers from Chateau-dun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Pont-du-Fahs, Tunisia. The 2d, 4th and 5FSs, 52FG transfer from La Sebala, Tunisia to Boccadifalco, Sicily with Spitfires. The 307FS, 31FG, transfers from Palermo to Termini, Sicily with Spitfires. The 429th Bombarmdent Squadron(H), 2BG(H), transfers from Ain M'lila, Algeria to Massicault, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-40's and USN aircraft again hit Munda on New Georgia Island bombing AA positions, ammunition dumps, and other targets. 21 B-24's, 16 P-38's, and P-40's, and 30+ USN airplanes pound Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island; other P-40's and 80+ Navy aircraft hit shipping in nearby waters.

The 64TCS, 403TCG, arrives at Tontouta, New Caledonia Island from the US with C-47's and begins flying missions on 7 Aug 43. The 371BS(H), 307BG(H) ceases operating from Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands with B-24's and returns to it's base on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands for R&R.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A lone B-24 bombs the airfield at Lae, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 2 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 8 B-24's, 9 B-25's, and 8 P-38's hit Kiska Island in 2 waves, bombing and strafing North Head, and coast guns on Little Kiska Island, scoring several hits. 1or 2 enemy aircraft over Attu Island cannot be intercepted due to weather.

ETO - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): A B-24 of the 4(Anti-sub)S(H), 479th Antisubmarine Group, sinks U-706 in the E Atlantic (46-15N 10-25W).

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command

Missions 12A and 12B: Two airfields in France are targetted.

1. 34 B-26's are dispatched to Merville Airfield; 31 hit the target at 0810 hours; 1 aircraft is damaged beyond repair and 15 are damaged.

2. 21 B-26's are dispatched to the St. Omer/Ft. Rouge Airfield; 18 hit the target at 0900 hours; 13 aircraft are damaged. Total casualties for both missions are 6 WIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 13A and 13B: An attack Woensdrecht Airfield, The Netherlands is cancelled; Mission 13B is a diversion.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, P-40's attack shipping in the Straits of Messina and off Milazzo.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, and light and medium bombers hit trucks, a dump and road junction in NE Sicily, docks and shipping at Milazzo, Messina and in the Reggio di Calabria, Italy area, and targets of opportunity (mainly motor transport) from Barcellona S to Adrano.

On the ground in Sicily, US ground forces push slowly W while British troops gain control of Regalbuto and fight indecisively in the streets of Centuripe.

HQ 12BG(M) and it's 81, 82d, 83and 434BS(M) with B-25's transfer from Hergla, Tunisia to Ponte Olivio, Sicily.

HQ 31FG transfers from Agrigento to Termini, Sicily.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 488th and 489BS(M) transfer from Hergla, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily with B-25's.

The 308FS, 31FG transfers from Agrigento to Termini, Sicily with Spitfires.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On New Georgia Island in the Solomon Islands, B-25's, B-17's, P-40's, and USN fighters pound the shores of Bairoko harbor; and B-24's, B-25's, P-40's and Navy F4U's hit a supply area on the W side of Webster Cove.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's bomb supply dumps on the shores of Hansa Bay and targets of opportunity along the Francisco River; A-20's hit Buiambun and B-25's pound barges from Lae to Bogadjim, from Lae to Kepler Point, and from the Bubui River to Lepsius Point; and B-24's bomb Lae harbor, Salamaua, and the W shore of Voco Point.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 3 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 6 attack missions, 2 of which abort, are flown to Kiska Island by B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, and P-40's; numerous targets hit and strafed include installations at North Head and South Head.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Major General William E. Kepner becomes Commanding General, VIII Fighter Command.

HQ 353FG and it's 350FS transfer from Goxhill to Metfield, England with P-47's; the squadron will fly it's first Mission on 9 Aug. These units will remain at this station until Apr 44.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's bomb Adrano and its highway approaches; and 300+ P-40's, the largest 9AF total to date, attack harbors and shipping at Milazzo and Messina, and give direct support to British ground forces in the Catania-Bronte area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light bombers hit tactical targets; and fighters, light and medium bombers hit shipping in the Straits of Messina and at Milazzo and attack Adrano and Biancavilla and gun emplacements and bridges in the area.

On the ground in Sicily, US forces continue E along the N coast toward the Furiano River. At Troina, further inland, the enemy continues firm resistance.

HQ 82FG transfers from Souk-el-Arba, Algeria to Grombalia, Tunisia.

The 414BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers with B-17's from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Pont-du-Fahs, Tunisia.

The 486th and 487BS(M), 340BG(M), transfer with B-25's from Hergla, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's, B-17's, and B-24's bomb barges, small craft, villages, grounded planes, trails, and military camps at numerous points, including areas in or around Bogadjim, Salamaua, Manokwari, and Larat and along the Bubui, Masaweng, Mindjim, and Kofebi Rivers and Bogadjim Road. On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, the W coast of Borgen Bay and an island in Marien Harbor are also hit.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 4 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, between 0855 and 1846 hours, 153 tons of bombs are dropped on Kiska Island, a new one-day record; 6 armored weather, photo and reconnaissance missions, flown by 3 B-24's, 2 P-40's, and 2 F-5A's bomb through clouds, take photos and observe fires in Main Camp and on Little Kiska Island; later 48 B-25's, 22 B-24's, 16 A-24's, 8 P-40's, and 40 P-38's fly 17 bombing and strafing attacks to Kiska Island; targets hit include buildings near the radio station, and the gun battery area on North Head. Little Kiska Island and Segula Island are also strafed.

The 36BS(H), 28th Composite Group, which has been operating from Adak Island with B-24's since Jun 43, returns to it's base on Amchitka Island.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 14: 36 B-26's are dispatched to shipyards at Le Trait, France; 33 hit the target at 1926 hours without loss or casualties.

The 416NPS, VIII Fighter Command, begins moving from Acklington, England to Algiers, Algeria with Beaufighters.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, P-40's attack shipping at Messina and support ground forces at the N end of Mount Etna. On the ground in Sicily, US troops are halted by fierce opposition at the Furiano River and at Troina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the submarine base at Naples; B-26's and B-25's hit the railroad bridge at Cantanzaro and railroad at Paola. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) medium and light bombers, and fighters attack communications targets, gun positions, and storage areas in the Milazzo-Adrano-Biancavilla and Bronte-Riposto-Fiumefreddo areas. A number of NATAF aircraft hit rail sidings on the toe of Italy and attack shipping off Messina, Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, the British cross the Salso River with 2 divisions, while other forces prepare to drive on Catania and others continue toward Misterbianco.

HQ 99BG(H) and it's 347th and 348BS(H) transfer with B-17's from Navarin, Algeria to Oudna, Tunisia.

The 95th, 96th and 97FSs, 82FG, transfer from Souk-el-Arba, Algeria to Grombalia, Tunisia with P-38's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On New Georgia Island in the Solomons Island, B-25's, and USN dive bombers, bomb the Gurasai-Kindu Village area; some of the B-25's also strafe areas emitting intense small arms fire, silencing it. P-38's and P-40's claim 11 fighters downed in a series of running battles over the C Solomons.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb and strafe the Itni River area on New Britain Island and hit several villages on Selaroe Island in the Tanimbar Islands. Single B-24's bomb a dump area on the Francisco River, New Guinea and Cape Gloucester Airfield on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 5 AUGUST 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The air echelon of the 23(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, transfers from Drew Field, Tampa, Florida to Edinburgh Field, Trinidad with B-25's. The ground echelon remains at Drew Field until 15 Oct 43 then moves to Smoky Hill Army Airfield, Kansas where it is disbanded on 6 Nov 43.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 351FS, 353d FG, transfers from Goxhill to Metfield, England with P-47's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on MONDAY and remain at this station until Apr 44.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's bomb the town, roads, and road junctions of Francavilla and shipping in the Straits of Messina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and light and medium bombers attack troops, roads, and gun positions at Adrano and Troina and surrounding areas in support of Allied ground forces, hit motor transport behind enemy lines in Sicily and on the toe of Italy, and sink or damage over 20 small vessels and barges at Milazzo and in the Straits of Messina; and Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's, operating in 2 forces, hit the docks and railroad yards at Messina. B-25's bomb a switching station at Guspini, Sardinia, and P-40's, after escorting the B-25's, attack and probably sink a U-boat off SW Sardinia.

On the ground in Sicily, US forces open an assault on the San Fratello ridge, and further inland gain positions overlooking Troina. The enemy withdraws from the town during the night. The British 13 Corps overruns Paterno, Misterbianco, and Catania; the British 30 Corps continues toward Adrano.

HQ 310BG(M) and it's 379th, 380th, 381 and 428BS(M) transfer with B-25's from Dar el Koudia to Menzel Temime, Tunisia.

The 91FS, 81FG, transfers with P-39's from Sfax to Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia.

The 309FS, 31FG, transfers with Spitfires from Agrigento to Termini, Sicily.

The 346th and 416BS(H), 99BG(H), transfer from Navarin, Algeria to Oudna, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Santa Isabel Island in the Solomon Islands, B-24's bomb the shore of Rekata Bay W of the Borokeiello Point area. B-25's and USN fighters strafe barges on the NE coast of Gizo Island. Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island, principal objective of C Solomons campaign, is taken by XIV Corps forces after 12 continuous days of fierce fighting in the jungle area.

The 372BS(H), 307BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands, begins operating from Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands with B-24's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on Saturday.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 30+ B-25's pound barges near Madang and at Alexishafen, and hit the Nuru River bridge and towns of Bogadjim and Saidor; a single B-24 bombs Finschhafen while another hits Vitu Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm A Moore takes command of the newly formed Second Air Task Force based at the recently constructed advance airfield at Tsili Tsili, New Guinea; strikes from here will facilitate operations against Lae, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 6 AUGUST 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): A B-25 of the 10BS(M), 25BG(M), and USN land-based aircraft sink U-615 at l2-38N 64-15W.

ETO - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): HQ 479(Antisub)G and it's 4(Antisub)S(H) and 19(Antisub)S(H) transfer with B-24's from St Eval to Dunkeswell, England.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 352FS, 353FG, transfers from Goxhill to Raydon, England with P-47's. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on Monday and will remain at this station until Apr 44.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 60+ B-26's hit Bronte, Catania, and Randazzo and the area N of the Adrano-Biancavilla road; 20+ others bomb road intersections in Adrano and Bronte; and 100+ P-40's attack shipping and shore targets in the Messina area while 30 others attack shipping on the W coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb coastal roads near Messina; B-26's and B-25's hit a road junction SW of Badiazza and railroad bridges N of Gesso; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers hit roads, junctions, and buildings in the Troina, Adrano, Biancavilla, Tortorici, Bronte, Piranino, and Randazzo areas and the Bagnara, Italy area; and fighter-bombers hit shipping from Vibo Valentia S to the Straits of Messina.

On the ground in Sicily, US troops are unable to cross the Furiano River as fierce resistance continues. At Troina, troops push through the town and 1mile (1.6 km) to the E before opposition halts them. The British take Biancavilla, and Adrano falls as the enemy pulls out during the night of 6/7 Aug.

HQ 301BG(H) and it's 32d, 353and 419BS(H) transfer with B-17's from St-Donat, Algeria to Oudna, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Santa Isabel Island in the Solomon Islands, 20 P-39's and P-40's hit the Tanagaba Harbor area; and 24 B-17's and B-24's, 24 B-25's, and 50+ USN and USMC fighters and dive bombers pound the Rekata Bay area, hitting bivouac and supply areas.

The 63TCS, 403TCG, arrives on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands from the US with C-47's. The squadron begins flying missions upon arrival.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): During the night of 6/7 Aug, B-24's bomb Laha Airfield on Amboina Island in the Celebes Islands.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 7 AUGUST 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: (HQ AAF): The AAF Redistribution Center is established at Atlantic City, New Jersey to receive, rehabilitate, and reassign personnel returning from overseas.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 150 B-25's attack Randazzo; and 140+ P-40's attack shipping at Messina and in the Straits, and shipping and shore-supply stores along the NE coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Sicily throughout the day Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) medium and light bombers pound Randazzo, the enemy's key withdrawal point; Maletto is also bombed; P-40's and A-36's strafe and bomb small craft between Sicily and mainland Italy, motor transport near Randazzo, a warehouse N of Messina, dumps on the toe of Italy, and vehicles and communications targets in the Sant' Agata di Militello, Bronte, Cesaro, Tortorici, Castiglione di Sicilia and Riposto areas. In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's in 2 forces hit the landing ground at Crotone while B-26's bomb the railroad bridge at Marina di Cantanzaro and highway bridge over the Angitola River.

On the ground in Sicily, US forces improve their positions on the N coast in the San Fratello region against heavy resistance. During the night of 7/8 Aug, a small amphibious force lands on the coast 2 miles (3.2 km) E of Sant' Agata di Militello, greatly aiding progress along the coast. Other forces begin a drive on Randazzo.

HQ 5BW transfers from Chateaudun, Algeria to Depienne, Tunisia.

HQ 47BW(M) transfers from Souk-el-Arba to Hammamet, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 16 B-24's and 40+ B-25's, plus nearly 30 USN airplanes, pound the harbor and shore areas of Bairoko on New Georgia Island.

The 64TCS, 403TCG, transfers with C-47's from Tontouta, New Caledonia to Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's thoroughly pound the Salamaua area and also hit Kela Village. On Timor Island, B-25's hit Cape Chater Airfield and Lautem.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 8 AUGUST 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 15: 36 B-26's are dispatched to Poix/Nord Airfield, France but the formation is turned back by weather.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 90+ B-25's bomb the Randazzo area; 130+ P-40's hit shipping at Messina and provide ground support in NE Sicily as US and British forces push E and N, capturing Sant' Agata di Militello, Monte Camolato, and Bronte.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's hit highway and rail bridges at Angitola, Italy, while P-38's strafe trains and other targets of opportunity SW of the town. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers pound Randazzo; fighters hit road targets N of Etna, shipping in the Straits of Messina and cover ground forces at Sant' Agata di Militello.

HQ 63FW transfers from Maison Blanche to Rerhaia, Algeria.

HQ 321BG(M) transfers from Souk-el-Arba to Soliman, Tunisia.

The 352BS(H), 301BG(H), transfers with B-17's from St-Donat, Algeria to Oudna, Tunisia.

The 416NPS, 12AF, arrives at Algiers, Algeria from England where it trained with Beaufighters.

The 417NPS, 12AF, arrives at Tafaraoui, Algeria from England where it trained with Beaufighters. The squadron flies it's first combat mission today.

The 445th, 447th and 448BS(M), 321BG(M), transfer with B-25's from Souk-el-Arba to Soliman, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Kolombangara Island in the Solomon Islands, 23 B-25's, with P-38's, P-39's, and USN F4U's as cover, bomb Vila and Buki harbor.

The 72BS(H), 5BG(H), which has been operating from Guadalcanal Island with B-17's since Oct 42, ceases combat operations and regroups at it's base on Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides Islands. The squadron will transition to B-24D's and re-enter combat in Oct 43.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's attack Larat, shipping at Semboh, and barges at Kokas.

The 431FS, 475FG, based at Amberley Field, 25 miles (40 km) W of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia begins operating from Port Moresby, New Guinea with P-38's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on THURSDAY.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 9 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 1 B-24 flies photo reconnaissance over various Kiska Island sites.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Missions 16A and 16B: 72 B-26's are dispatched to the St Omer/Ft Rouge Airfield in France; clouds prevent bombing and only 1 aircraft hits the target at 1904 hours; 11 aircraft are damaged and 6 men are WIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's hit Divieto and a nearby tunnel W of Spadafora San Martino, and attack special points in the battle area of NE Sicily; P-40's hit shipping at Messina, Milazzo, and Palmi.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb crossroads N of Messina, Sicily.

In Itlay, B-25's hit Cantanzaro and Soverato River bridges, B-26's attack Angitola River bridges, P-40's sweep over S Sardinia, and P-38's hit a lighthouse and other targets of opportunity in S Italy. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) bombers hit the Gesso road junction; fighters concentrate on highways and junctions and also hit rall sidings and gun positions in areas around Linguaglossa, Floresta, Falcone, Patti, Orlando, Novara di Sicilia, and Milazzo.

On the ground in Sicily, US troops reach Torrenuovo, and, to the S, drive the enemy back to the Simeto River between Cesaro and Randazzo.

HQ 47BG(L) transfers from Malta to Torrente Comunelli, Sicily.

The 446BS(M), 321BG(M), transfers with B-25's from Souk-el-Arba to Soliman, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 1O B-25's, with fighter cover, bomb Vila on Kolombangara Island.

Shortly thereafter 22 B-24's strike the same target.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's, B-24's, and B-25's bomb Salamaua, Lae, Nuk Nuk, Samoa Harbor at the mouth of the Francisco River, a barge near Reiss Point, and bridges on the Bogadjim-Ramu road. Barges and machinegun positons along Borgen Bay on New Britain Island, installations at Unea Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, and targets of opportunity at Alilit in the Moluccas Islands are bombed.

Amboina Island, in the Moluccas Islands is thoroughly pounded.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 10 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, P-38's, P-40's, A-24's, B-24's and B-25's bomb and strafe various targets on Kiska Island; direct hits are scored on revetments W of the Wheat Grove and on gun emplacements, as well as on buildings on Little Kiska Island.

HQ 11AF transfers from Elmendorf Field, Anchorage to Adak Island.

ZONE OF INTERIOR (HQ AAF): MoBGs/Squadrons (Dive): equipped with A-24's and A-36's are redesignated Fighter-Bomber Groups/Squadrons.

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 14(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, ceases operating from Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia with B-24's and returns to it's base at Camp Edwards Army Airfield, Falmouth, Massachusetts.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's attack Randazzo, Sicily while P-40's bomb and strafe shipping on the SW coast of Italy and in the Straits of Messina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Brigadier General Ray A Dunn takes command of the Northwest African AF Troop Carrier Command (Provisional). In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) P-38's bomb and strafe communications targets on the toe of Italy; and bridges at Angitola and N of Locri are attacked. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) planes fly anti-shipping sweeps over coastal areas of NE Sicily and the Straits of Messina, carry out armored reconnaissance over the battle areas and toe of Italy, and bomb Randazzo, Sicily.

On the ground in Sicily, US Seventh Army forces pursue the enemy to a point W of Naso near the N coast. During the night of 10/11Aug, the US 3d Infantry Division makes an amphibious landing on the coast, outflanking the enemy E of Capo d'Orlando. The US 9th Infantry Division reaches a point N of Bronte.

HQ 12AF transfers from Algeria to Tunisia.

HQ 81FG transfers from Monastir to Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia.

The 84BS(L), 47BG(L), transfers from Malta to Torrente Comunelli, Sicily with A-20's.

The 342BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Pont-du-Fahs, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Colonel William A Matheny becomes acting Commanding General, XIII BC, a position he is officially assigned to on 30 Sep 43.

P-40's and P-39's turn back about 40 fighters attacking US bulldozers working on Munda Airfield on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 20+ B-24's pound airfields in the Salamaua area; 12 B-25's hit barges in the Lae area and AA positions W of Borgen Bay on New Britain Island; and 6 A-20's bomb and strafe barges in Labu Lagoon and on Gasmata Island off the coast of New Britain Island.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, B-24's, B-25's, A-24's, and P-38's pound Kiska Island targets in 11attack missions; later, 10 reconnaissance, strafing and photo missions to Kiska are flown by 3 P-38's, 26 P-40's, 4 F-5A's and 1 B-24. 9 B-24's from Attu Island drop bombs and incendiaries on Paramushiru Island in the Kurile Islands, including Kashiwabara Airfield and Shimushu Island where the Kataoka naval base and staging area are hit. 40 enemy aircraft challenge the attackers, which score 4 confirmed kills, 1probable, and 4 possibles.

CANADA: The Quebec Conference begins. President Franklin D Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston S Churchill discuss the entire spectrum of world operations and decide on the future action of Anglo-US armed forces.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): The 76FS, 23FG, transfers from Lingling to Hengyang, China with P-40's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 90+ B-25's bomb a bridge, roads, railway, and the city area in and about Randazzo. About 170 P-40's hit Randazzo, shipping at Milazzo and Messina, roads and trains near Messina, and troop movements and evacuations in NE Sicily.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) again hits communications targets on the toe of Italy; B-17's hit the marshalling yard at Terni, B-25's bomb the Angitola River bridges and B-26's and P-38's attack a bridge at Cantanzaro.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighter-bombers support the US Seventh Army's landing E of Orlando, Sicily by attacking troop concentrations, gun positions, and communications lines leading to the area.

On the ground in Sicily, US Seventh Army forces take Naso and press closer to Randazzo. Medium bombers support the British Eighth Army by raiding the Fiumefreddo and Randazzo areas.

The 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers from Gela to Termini, Sicily with P-51's. A detachment continues to operate from Gela until Sep 43.

The 341BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Pont-du-Fahs, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 5 B-24's hit a supply area on the E side of Suavanau Point, Santa Isabel Island and on Papatura Fa Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A B-24 on armored reconnaissance sinks an enemy freighter NW of Kavieng on New Ireland Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. The Second Air Task Force completes a movement to Tsili Tsili Airfield, New Guinea.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 12 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutians Islands, B-24's and B-25's fly 26 bombing, strafing, and radar and photo reconnaissance sorties over Kiska Island targets from Adak Island. From Amchitka Island P-40's, P-38's, B-24's, B-25's, and A-24's fly 70 bombing sorties over the island and are joined by B-24's, P-40's, and F-5A's flying 6 reconnaissance and photo sorties. Targets include the runway, harbor and shipping installations, army barracks, and the Rose Hill area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 81: The Ruhr is targetted with the bombers concentrating on manufacturing installations and synthetic oil.

1. 183 B-17's are dispatched to synthetic oil installations at Bochum, Gelsenkirchen and Recklinghausen; some B-17's become separated on the bomb run and bomb various targets of opportunity; 133 B-17's hit the targets at 0845-0925 hours; they claim 25-5-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; 23 B-17's are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 103 are damaged; casualties are 5 KIA, 49 WIA and 232 MIA.

2. 147 B-17's are dispatched to manufacturing installations at Bonn; 110 hit the target at 0850-0858 hours; they claim 4-2-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 69 are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 7 WIA and 21 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 17 and 18: 71 B-26's are dispatched to the Poix/Nord Airfield in France; 34 hit the target at 1052 hours; 13 aircraft are damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, 79 B-25's attack Falcone, Patti, Novara di Sicilia, and Barcellona; P-40's bomb and strafe shipping at Messina.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's attack landing grounds at Crotone, and B-26's hit Grazzanise Airfield; they claim 9 fighters shot down.

In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's and A-36's hit shipping along the NE coast and in the Straits of Messina, attack gun positions and vehicles at Capo Calava and E of Randazzo, and hit a bridge at Taormina and roads in the Maletto-Fiumefreddo areas; NATAF bombers attack Patti, Falcone, Barcellona, and Nunziata.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army continues to pursue the enemy E along the N coast. Further inland, US forces gain a favorable position from which to assault Randazzo, but the enemy withdraws during the night of 12/13 Aug, precluding an attack. The British Eighth Army seizes Maletto and Riposto.

The 85th and 97BS(L), 47BG(L), transfer from Malta to Torrente Comunelli, Sicily with A-20's.

The 340BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Chateaudun-du-Rhumel, Algeria to Pont-du-Fahs, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 20+ B-24's, with P-40 and F4U cover, bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island, causing considerable damage in the dispersal and runway areas. The Allied airplanes claim 11Zekes shot down; 1 P-40 and 1F4U are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit the Bogadjim-Yaula road. In the Bismarck Archipelago, A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata Island and nearby barges; and a B-24 hits Cape Gloucester Airfield on New Britain Island.

The 432FS, 475FG, based at Amberley Field near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia begins operating from Port Moresby, New Guinea with P-38's. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on FRIDAY.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 13 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 7 B-25's from Adak Island bomb targets at Main Camp and North Head on Kiska and Little Kiska Islands. A B-24 flies a special reconnaissance mission. From Amchitka Island B-24's, B-25's, A-24's, and P-38's fly 8 more bombing missions against Kiska Island pounding the Camp area, gun emplacements, buildings, shipping, and airstrip revetments.

The 406BS(M), 41BG(M), ceases operating from Adak Island with B-25's and returns to it's base at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage.

During the latter part of Aug 43, the 515th and 516FBS, 407FBG, cease operating from Amchitka Island with A-24's and return to their base at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 4 P-40's bomb and strafe enemy installations at Lungling, China.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): 61 B-24's hit an aircraft factory at Wiener-Neustadt in the first 9AF raid on Austria.

80+ B-25's hit Piedimonte, Italy, Falcone, Sicily, and shipping at Messina, Sicily. 200+ P-40's attack shipping and bridges along the SW Italian coast, hit shipping in the Straits of Messina, and fly armored reconnaissance and fighter-bomber operations in NE Sicily.

The 67BS(H), 44BG(H), ceases operating from Benina, Libya with B-24's and returns to it's base at Shipdham, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb a marshalling yard at Lorenzi, and B-25's and B-26's hit a marshalling yard at Littoria; other B-25's hit a vessel off Pizzo. P-40's fly a sweep over S Sardinia, strafing small boats, a power station, and railroad junction. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers bomb Piedimonte, Italy, Falcone, Sicily, and bridges N of Scaletta, Sicily. A-36's and fighters hit targets in NE Sicily, the Straits of Messina and on the toe of Italy, including Gioia Tauro, Italy and in Sicily, the Barcellona road junction E of Randazzo, the marshalling yard and trucks at Spadafora, trucks between Taormina and Baracca, and barges, ferries, and small vessels in the Strait of Messina.

On the ground in Sicily, the US Seventh Army enters Randazzo without opposition. Coastal forces continue E toward Patti.

The 86BS(L), 47BG(L), transfers from Malta to Torrente Comunelli, Sicily with A-20's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On New Georgia Island in the Solomon Islands, 4 P-40's become the first Allied aircraft to land on the reconstructed Munda Airfield; after refueling, they are sent on a sweep of the Kolombangara Island coast; 9 B-17's, with fighter cover, bomb a Kape Harbor depot; and 2 others on armored reconnaissance bomb Vila on Kolombangara Island. On Santa Isabel Island, 12 B-25's bomb supply areas in the Rekata Bay area; 2 B-24's on armored reconnaissance hit Suavanau Point, 8 bomb the airfield on Ballale Island, and 13 bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 59 B-24's, B-17's, and B-26's drop 175 tons of bombs in the Salamaua, New Guinea area in the heaviest single day strike by the 5AF to date. 9 other B-24's bomb the oil center at Balikpapan, Borneo during a late night raid; the round trip covers 1,200 miles (1,920 km).

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 14 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 2 B-24's fly a special radar ferret and reconnaissance mission; 1 B-25, 8 B-24's, and 10 P-38's then fly 2 attack missions to Kiska Island, bombing with unobserved results.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): 61 B-24's, on loan from the 8AF, bomb the Bf 109 factory at Wiener-Neustadt, Austria.

B-25's attack road junctions and vehicle concentrations along the NE coast of Sicily and bomb a crossroads N of Palmi, Italy. P-40's hit shipping in the Milazzo and Messina, Sicily areas and along the Italian coast in the Palmi area.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) P-38's sweep the toe of Italy but find little enemy movement. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters, and medium and light bombers hit a refueling depot at Nicola and near Gesso, Sicily, a road junction N of Palmi, Italy, shipping in the straits and along the W coast of Italy N to Gioia, and numerous targets of opportunity in NE Sicily and S Italy as the enemy continues an orderly evacuation from Sicily to mainland Italy across the Straits of Messina.

On the ground in Sicily, US troops speed E along the coast to the Barcellona area and also continue pursuit of the enemy E of Randazzo.

The 340th, 341 and 342BS(H), 97BG(H), transfer from Pont-du-Fahs to Depienne, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 9 B-17's bomb the Rekata Bay area of Santa Isabel Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ B-24's, B-17's, and B-25's pound the Salamaua area battle zone; with close air and artillery support, US forces push to the crest of Roosevelt Ridge; the enemy retains several ridges along Dot Inlet; and A-20's strafe barges near Finschhafen. On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's hit barges at Talasea and Rein Bay, and other B-25's bomb Koepang on Timor Island.

HQ 475FG and it's 431, 432 and 433FSs transfer from Amberley Field near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Dobodura, New Guinea with P-38's. The 431 and 432are operating from Port Moresby, the 431until Oct 43 and the 432until Sep 43; the 433d will fly it's first Mission tomorrow.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 15 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, US and Canadian troops invade Kiska Island and discover that the Japanese, under the cover of fog, evacuated their garrison. A P-38 bombs and strafes Sniper Hill.

The 635BS (Dive), 407FBG, based at Drew Field, Tampa, Florida but operating from Amchitka Island, is disbanded and it's A-24's are transferred to other units.

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 17(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Miami, Florida with B-25's, ceases flying ASW missions. The squadron will transfer to New Mexico and be redesignated 855BS(H) and transition to B-24's and then join the 8AF in England in Jan 44.

The air echelon of the 23(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Edinburgh Field, Trinidad begins operating from Zandery Field, Surinam. The squadron will operate from this station with B-25's until Dec 43.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONSETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 82: Luftwaffe airfields in France and the Netherlands are targetted today.

1. 180 B-17's are dispatched to Vlissingen Airfield in the Netherlands and Amiens and Poix Airfield in France; 147 aircraft hit the targets at 1926-1931hours; 48 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

2. 147 B-17's are dispatched to Merville, Lille/Vendeville and Vitry en Artois Airfields in France; 143 hit the targets at 1925-1933 hours; they claim 9-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost and 11 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 3 WIA and 20 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 19A, 19B and 20: Three Luftwaffe airfields are targetted: 1. 36 B-26's are dispatched against St Omer/Ft Rouge Airfield in France; 31 hit the target at 0959 hours; 18 B-26's are damaged.

2. 36 B-26's are dispatched against Woensdrecht Airfield, The Netherlands; they turn back at the Dutch coast aborted the mission .

3. 21 B-26's are dispatched against the marshalling yard at Abbeville, France; 19 hit the target at 1933 hours; 9 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Sicily, B-25's hit shipping along the beaches of Sant' Agata di Militello; 180+ P-40's attack shipping at Messina and in the Straits of Messina. Enemy forces withdrawing to mainland Italy are pounded severely by constant air attacks.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-25's and B-26's bomb Sibari railroad junction and marshalling yard, and P-38's hit trains, troops, radar, and Staletti railroad tracks and tunnel. P-40's attack a bivouac area near Monserrato, Sardinia.

On the ground in Sicily, US Seventh Army troops land on the Sicilian N coast NW of Barcellona during the night of 15/16 Aug to block the enemy withdrawal. The US 3Infantry Division heads along the N coast to Spadafile fora. British Eighth Army troops complete a drive around Mount Etna as the Randazzo-Linguaglossa road is closed. Linguaglossa and Taormina are taken.

HQ 97BG(H) transfers from Pont-du-Fahs to Depienne, Tunisia.

The 92FS, 81FG, transfers from Warnier, Algeria to Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia with P-39's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Commander Air (COMAIR), New Georgia command post, recently opened at Munda Point, New Georgia Island by Major General Francis P Mulcahy, USMC, conducts its first full day of operations. Fighters are sent to cover amphibious landings at Vella Lavella Island where elements of the 25th Infantry Division, and supporting units, go ashore in the Barakoma area and establish a beachhead. Allied airplanes knock down about 25 Japanese aircraft (7 by Army AFs fighters) attacking the landings. F4U's also claim 10 Japanese shot down over Kahili, Bougainville Island. B-25's bomb Papatura Fa and Ighiti Islands in the Rekata Bay area of Santa Isabel Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, heavy bombers again hit the Salamaua area; 12 Japanese bombers, escorted by 20+ fighters, attack Tsili Tsili Airfield for the first time; intercepting P-39's claim 14 airplanes downed for the loss of 3 P-39's.

HQ 35FG transfers from Port Moresby to Tsili Tsili, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 16 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, a B-24 reconnaissance flight reconnoiters North Head, Main Camp, and northern Kiska Island, and observes friendly forces' unopposed advance into Main Camp.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): Bombers hit and claim 2 small vessels sunk about 130 miles (208 km) S of Rangoon, Burma.

The 89FS, 80FG, transfers from Karachi to Gushkara, India with P-40's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 8 Sep 43.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 4 P-40's bomb town of Tengchung, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 83: Luftwaffe facilities in France are targetted today.

1. 179 B-17's and 1YB-40 are dispatched to Le Bourget air depot in the Paris area; 171 hit the target at 0929-0937 hours; they claim 29-3-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 46 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 4 WIA and 31 MIA; this Mission is escorted all the way to the target by P-47's using drop tanks.

2. 66 B-17's are dispatched to Poix and Abbeville Airfields; all 66 hit the targets at 0911-0923 hours; 38 aircraft are damaged; no casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 21, 22A and 22B: Airfields in France are targetted today; no casualties.

1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Bernay St Martin Airfield; 31 hit the target at 1117 hours; 2 aircraft are damaged.

2. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Beaumont Le Roger Airfield; 29 hit the target at 1700 hours and 3 hit Conches Airfield at 1703 hours; 3 aircraft are damaged.

3. A diversion is flown by B-26's of the 323BG(M).

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): 86 B-24's bomb the city area and airfields at Foggia, Italy. In Sicily, 50+ B-25's hit landing craft concentrations near Ganzirri and Messina, and 100+ P-40's hit shipping at Messina and in the Straits of Messina, as the enemy continues the withdrawal of rear guard troop to mainland Italy. Before midnight, US patrols enter Messina, which is under fire from the Italian coast.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) medium bombers hit Staletti and a temporary bridge at Angitola. In Sicily, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers hit shipping in the Straits of Messina and from N of Messina to Capo Pelaro. A-36's and P-40's concentrate on communications targets on the toe of Italy, hitting trains, trucks, railroad yards, and sidings at Nicastro, Lamezia, Amantea, and Sambiase. Also bombed are barges, ferries, and small vessels off Messina, Sicily and in the Golfo di Sant' Eufemia, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 9 B-24's bomb Papatura Fa Island. 12 B-25's, 5 B-17's, and 30+ USN planes attack Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Oil tanks at Balikpapan, Borneo are hit by 2 B-24's. In New Guinea, 5 B-25's bomb Larat; 15 P-38's and 32 P-47's intercept 25 fighters preparing to attack transport vessels near Tsili Tsili; the strike is completely thwarted and 12 fighters shot down. This marks first the combat use of the P-47 in this theater.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 17 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, 1 B-24 flies over Kiska Island watching friendly forces land on the shore of E Kiska Lake.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 23 B-24's, operating in 3 waves, bomb barracks at Cau Lo, French Indochina. 4 P-40's bomb town of Mangshih, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 84: On the first anniversary of US heavy bomber operations from the UK, a two-pronged attack into Germany is launched, marking the deepest penetration of German territory to date. The critical targets are the Messerschmitt complex at Regensburg, and the anti-friction-bearing factories at Schweinfurt.

1. 230 B-17's are dispatched to Schweinfurt; 188 hit the target at 1459-1511hours; they claim 148-18-63 Luftwaffe aircraft; 36 B-17's are lost, 3 are damaged beyond repair and 118 damaged; casualties are 3 KIA, 12 WIA and 352 MIA; there are 80 high explosive hits on the 2 main bearing plants.

2. 146 B-17's are dispatched to Regensburg; 127 hit the target at 1148-1207 hours; they claim 140-19-36 Luftwaffe aircraft; 24 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 50 are damaged; casualties are 4 KIA, 9 WIA and 200 MIA; every important building in the complex is damaged; the surviving aircraft continue on to bases in North Africa.

60 B-17's are lost in the fierce air battle that extends to the targets and continues after the bombing.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 23 and 24: Two airfields in France are targetted.

1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Bryas Sud Airfield; 29 hit the target at 1051hours; 2 aircraft are damaged.

2. 72 B-26's are dispatched to Poix/Nord Airfield; 35 hit the target at 1552 hours; 20 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

During the night of 17/18 Aug the RAF begins Operation CROSSBOW, massive attacks on German V-weapon sites. About 570 aircraft drop 2,000 tons of bombs on Peenemunde, Germany.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): 200+ P-40's hit shipping at Messina, Sicily, at Palmi and in the Gulf of Gioia, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): The Sicilian campaign ends with the official entry of the US Seventh Army's 3 Infantry Division into Messina at 1000 hours. The British force from Ali arrives shortly thereafter. The fall of Sicily paves the way for the stepped-up air offensive against Italy.

In France, about 180 Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's attack Istres-Le-Tube Airfield and Salon-de-Provence Airfield. Around 100 medium bombers attack communications targets on the N part of the Italian toe, hitting Battipaglia and Castrovillari with damaging effect; escorting P-38's strafe vehicles in the area. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters and light bombers pound shipping in the Straits of Messina and Gulf of Gioia, Italy, hit the rail center at Lamezia, Italy, and harrass enemy movement on the Italian toe.

The 416NPS, 12AF, transfers from Algiers to Bone, Algeria with Beaufighters. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on 4 Sep.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ B-24's and B-17's make a predawn attack on Wewak and satellite airfields at Boram, Dogaw, and But, and also hit Tadji and Madang; during the midmorning, 30+ B-25's, with 80+ P-38's covering, carry out the day's second bombing and strafing strike on Boram, Wewak, and Dogaw; this begins a campaign to neutralize Japanese airfields in preparation for offensive against Lae; A-20's again hit enemy forces in the Salamaua area. B-24's bomb oil facilities at Balikpapan, Borneo.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 18 AUGUST 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command

Missions 25A and 25B: Two Luftwaffe airfields are targetted: 1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Lille/Vendeville Airfield in France; because of mechanical trouble with communications equipment and the bombsight in the lead plane, 22 aircraft bomb the Ypres/Vlamertinge Airfield in Belgium at 1016 hours; 23 aircraft are damaged; there are no casualties.

2. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Woensdrecht Airfield in the Netherlands; 32 hit the target at 1032 hours; 8 aircraft are damaged; there are no casualties.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, P-40's attack motor transport between Scilla and Bagnara, and bomb shipping off Scilla.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) fighters and medium bombers hit barracks and railroad at Gonnesa, sink a small vessel in the Golfo di Sant' Eufemia and bomb and strafe a railway station, bridge, and tracks at Soverato, bridges and a road junction at Angitola, and highway and road junction at Staletti. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) airplanes hit gun positions and road and rail transport in S Italy.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 70+ B-24's, B-25's, and B-17's, with cover of almost 100 fighters, blast airfields at Wewak, Boram, Dagua, and But. The midmorning attacks cause heavy destruction of Japanese airplanes on the ground, and US fighters and bombers claim 30+ enemy aircraft shot down.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 19 AUGUST 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): Brigadier General Howard C Davidson becomes Commanding General 10AF.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 85: Three Luftwaffe airfields in The Netherlands are targetted: 1. 125 B-17's are dispatched to Gilze-Rijen and Flushing Airfields; 38 B-17's hit Gilze-Rijen at 1802-1814 hours and 55 hit Flushing at 1756 hours; they claim 29-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 42 damaged; casualties are 9 WIA and 41 MIA; this Mission is escorted by 175 P-47's who claim 9-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and the pilot is listed as MIA.

2. 45 B-17's are dispatched to Woensdrecht Airfield but weather prevents them hitting the target.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 27A, 27B and 28: Three Luftwaffe airfields in France are targetted: 1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Amiens/Glisy Airfield; all hit the target at 1129 hours; they claim 1-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-26 is damaged beyond repair and 9 are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

2. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Poix/Nord Airfield; 35 hit the target at 1218 hours; 1 aircraft is damaged; there are no casualties.

3. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Bryas Sud Airfield but the target is obscured by cloud and the mission is aborted.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): About 70 B-24's bomb the marshalling yard at Foggia, Italy. P-40's fly coastal reconnaissance over the toe of Italy and bomb roads and buildings.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, 150+ Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the Foggia marshalling yard, while almost 100 medium bombers hit marshalling yards at Sapri and Salerno; the bombers, and escorting P-38's claim 34 enemy planes shot down, against 8 losses; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-36's attack the Cantanzaro marshalling yard; P-40's on sweeps over the Italian toe attack a train near Melito di Porto Salvo and strafe a small number of trucks.

The 12(Photo)S(L), 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, ceases operating from Gela/Ponte Olivo, Sicily with F-4's and returns to it's base at Ariana, Tunisia.

The 86th and 97BS(L), 47BG(L) transfer from Torrente Coumunelli to Gerbini, Sicily with A-20's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's, operating in pairs and with fighter escort, hit barges at Timbala Bay on Vella Lavella Island, Kakasa radio station on Gill Island, and a beached vessel in Paraso Bay. From this date through 28 Aug, Japanese airplanes attack Allied forces in the Barakoma area of Vella Lavella Island, losing a considerable number of aircraft (claims total about 50) to Allied fighters and ground fire without doing any great damage to the Allies.

HQ 5BG(H) transfers from Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands to Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's attack Manokwari, sink a small craft near Babo, and bomb Larat and Saumlakki in the Tanimbar Islands. On Timor Island, B-25's hit Koepang, Fuiloro, and Lautem.

HQ 375TCG transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 20 AUGUST 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS: Army AFs, India-Burma Sector, China-Burma-India Theater is activated at New Delhi, India.

Lieutenant General George E Stratemeyer assumes command. Components include the 10AF China-Burma-India Air Service Command (Provisional), China-Burma-India Training Unit (Provisional) and several lesser units.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): X AF Service Command (AFSC): personnel and organizations are absorbed by CBI ASC (Prov), see above.

Brigadier General Robert C Oliver, Commanding General X AFSC, becomes Commanding General CBI ASC (Prov).

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 6 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Tien Ho Airfield at Canton; they claim 5 interceptors shot down. 15 P-40's intercept 21 fighters over Kweilin; 2 P-40's and 2 Zekes are shot down.

ETO - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The air echelon of the 22(Anti-sub)S(H), 479th Antisubmarine Group, arrives at Dunkeswell, England from the US with B-24's. The ground echelon remains in the US, then moves to Utah in Sep 43 where it is inactivated.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 66FW transfers from Duxford, England to Sawston, England where it will remain until Oct 45.

HQ 482BG (Pathfinder) and it's 812th, 813th and 814BSs (Pathfinder) are activated at Alconbury, England where they will remain until May/Jun 45. The 812th and 813th, equipped with B-17's, will fly their first pathfinder Mission on 27 Sep 43 and 24 Sep respectively; the 814th, equipped with B-24's, will fly it's first pathfinder Mission on 11 Jan 44.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-40's strafe and bomb shipping off the Italian toe and communications targets on land. Hits are scored on bridges, railway yards, and railway cars.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's hit the Capua and Aversa marshalling yards, while B-25's bomb the Benevento marshalling yard, and P-40's attack the airfield at Monserrato, Sardinia; Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters hit road and railway at Gioia and trucks near Locri during missions along the E and W coasts of the Italian toe.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 84th and 85BS(L) transfer with A-20's from Torrente Comunelli to Gerbini, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): HQ XIII Bomber Command transfers from Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands to Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 24 B-24's, escorted by 46 P-38's, hit Boram Airfield in the late morning; P-38's claim 19 fighters shot down. A-20's bomb Lae and hit the Salamaua area where enemy forces have abandoned positions on Mount Tambu and Komiatum Ridge and are manning last-ditch defensive position at Salamaua.

B-25's strafe barges near Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 21 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): During the Aleutian Campaign, 3 Jun 42 to 21 Aug 43, the 11AF destroyed 69 aircraft, sank 21 and damaged 29 ships, and lost 29 of its own aircraft.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 14 B-24's, 7 B-25's, and 11 P-40's attack docks and the airfield at Hankow; a large force of fighters, estimated at 50+, attacks the B-24 formation, shooting down 2 of the B-24's; gunners on the B-24's claim 40+ fighters shot down. In the Hengyang area, 19 P-40's battle 33 airplanes, shooting down 5 Zekes. S of Changsha, 9 P-38's clash with 12 Zekes, shooting down 3.

ETO - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The air echelon of the 6(Anti-sub)S(H), 479th Antisubmarine Group, arrives at Dunkeswell, England from Gander Lake, Newfoundland with B-24's. The ground echelon remains in Newfoundland and moves to Utah in Sep 43 where it is inactivated on 30 Oct 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's attack a railroad station, marshalling yard, and air depot at Cancello Arnone, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's and B-17's bomb marshalling yards at Villa Literno and Aversa; the P-38 escort also attacks Aversa; NASAF aircraft claim 20+ enemy fighters shot down; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighter-bombers hit traffic on the Bovalino-Bagnara road.

HQ 42BW(M) transfers to Ariana, Tunisia where groups are assigned.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-25's and fighters strafe barges in Doveli Cove and Marquana and Paraso Bays in the Central Solomons.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's pound But and Dagua Airfields; B-17's bomb the Bogadjim area; and single B-24's hit the Salamaua area and targets of opportunity at Malahang.

B-24's carry out a damaging strike against Pombelaa in the Celebes Island.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 22 AUGUST 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 4 P-40's bomb Japanese HQ and a supply dump at Tengchung, and strafe trucks and troops in the area; 2 others strafe road traffic between Tengchung and Lungling.

The 12(Photo)S(L), 14AF, transfers from Bishnupur, India to Kunming, China with F-5's. The flight which has been operating from Kweilin since Jul will remain there until Sep 43.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command

Missions 30A and 30B: Two Luftwaffe airfields in France are the targets: 1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to the Beaumont-le-Roger Airfield; 35 hit the target at 2110 hours; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-26 is lost and 8 are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 6 MIA.

2. 36 B-26's are dispatched to the Poix/Nord Airfield; they all return early when they are unable to contact the escort fighters, RAF Spitfires.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): All fighter and medium bomber groups of the 9AF are transferred to the 12AF, i.e.: 12BG(M) and it's 81, 82d, 83and 434BS(M) at Gerbini, Sicily with B-25's, 57FG and it's 64th, 65th and 66FSs on Sicily with P-40's, 79FG and it's 85th, 86th and 87FSs on Sicily with P-40's, 324FG and it's 314th, 315th and 316FSs at El Haouaria, Tunisia with P-40's, and 340BG(M) and it's 486th, 487th, 488th and 489BS(M) at Comiso, Sicily with B-25's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's, with an escort of Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) A-36's, bomb the marshalling yard at Salerno, Italy; they claim 26 enemy fighters destroyed. NATAF fighters on armored reconnaissance hit motor transport S of the Locri-Gioia Tauro, Italy area and NE of Bagnara, Italy.

HQ 12BG(M) and it's 81, 82d, 83and 434BS(M) transfer from Ponte Olivo to Gerbini, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-25's and USN dive bombers, escorted by fighter aircraft, bomb barge centers on the W coast of Vella Lavella Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's strike Dili on Timor Island. In New Guinea, as a result of the air offensive against Wewak and satellite airfields, Japanese airpower on New Guinea is sufficiently neutralized for 4 Allied destroyers to proceed along the coast from Milne Bay to Finschhafen; after bombarding Finschhafen during the night of 22/23 Aug, the warships return to Milne Bay.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 23 AUGUST 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's fly low-level strike against Myitnge, Burma bridge, knocking out a center span and badly damaging 2 others.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's hit a marshalling yard at Bari, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-26's bomb the Battipaglia, Italy marshalling yard. Fighter-bombers hit factory and barracks near Cagliari, Sardinia.

Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) P-40's and A-36's escort NASAF B-26's, and Spitfires fly uneventful tactical reconnaissance over NE Sicily and the toe of Italy.

HQ 313TCG transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Sciacca, Sicily.

The 93FS, 81FG, transfers from Monastir to Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia with P-39's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-24's and P-39's strafe targets of opportunity on Wagina Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb the town and airfield of Kendari on Celebes Island. B-25's hit targets in the Aroe Islands. In New Guinea, B-26's pound Kela; and B-25's hit Marawasa, Finschhafen, and Lillum Saun.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 24 AUGUST 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The Army AFs Antisubmarine Command is redesignated 1 BC and reassigned to the 1AF after the Army AFs and USN reach an agreement under which the Army AFs withdraws from antisubmarine operations.

During the remainder of Aug 43, the following squadrons cease flying ASW missions: 8(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Miami Army Airfield, Florida but operating from Trinidad, 14(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, at Camp Edwards Army Airfield, Falmouth, Massachusetts, 24(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, at Westover Field, Ayr, Massachusetts, and 25(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 B-24's and 6 B-25's, escorted by 22 P-40's and P-38's, bomb airfields at Hankow and Wuchang; 4 B-24's are lost; they claim 24 enemy interceptors shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 86

Part I: An air depot and airfields in France are targetted: 1. 110 B-17's are dispatched to the Villacoublay Air Depot; 86 hit the target at 1800-1805 hours; they claim 1-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 64 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 10 WIA.

2. 42 B-17's are dispatched to the Conches and Evreux/Fauville Airfields; 22 hit the target at 1844-1858 hours; they claim 0-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 15 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 9 WIA.

3. 35 of 36 B-17's fly a diversion without incident.

VIII BC Mission 86 Part II: 85 B-17's, which had flown to North Africa after attacking Regensburg, Germany on 17 Aug, are dispatched to the Bordeaux/Merignac Airfield; 58 hit the target at 1157-1200 hours; they claim 3-3-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 40 damaged; casualties are 30 MIA. 9 B-17's returned to North Africa after encountering difficulties.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 33A & 33B: B-26's fly 2 diversions for the B-17's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighter-bombers hit a railroad tunnel and cruiser offshore at Sibari, tracks and buildings at Castrovillari, and the town area at Sibari; and RAF Desert AF airplanes strafe motor transport N of Reggio di Calabria and provide withdrawal cover for the NATAF fighter-bombers.

HQ 314TCG transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Castelvetrano, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 25 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Papatura Fa Island and attack the E shore of Ringa Cove on New Georgia Island. P-39's strafe barges at Kakasa on Choiseul Island.

The 23BS(H), 5BG(H), which has been operating from Guadalcanal Island with B-17's since Mar 43, returns to it's base on Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides Islands for R&R

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's thoroughly pound Wewak and bomb Salamaua; and B-25's bomb Larat and barges E of Wotap.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 25 AUGUST 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS SE ASIA: Admiral Louis F Mountbatten is appointed Supreme Allied Commander, Southeast Asia.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 8 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Kowloon Docks at Hong Kong.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): US heavy bombers are assigned 1 role of bombing important Luftwaffe targets in Operation STARKEY, designed to contain enemy forces in the west to prevent their transfer to Eastern Front, and to serve as a dress rehearsal in the Pas de Calais, France area for the invasion of W Europe. The Allies hope to provoke the Luftwaffe into a prolonged air battle.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 34A & 34B: Two locations in France are targetted: 1. 21 B-26's are dispatched to the power station at Rouen; all hit the target at 1832 hours; 2 aircraft are damaged.

2. 36 B-26's are dispatched to Tricqueville Airfield; 31 hit the target at 1834 hours; they claim 1-8-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-26's are damaged.

HQ 45BW(H) arrives at Brampton Grange, England from the US; it will remain at this station until Sep 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's bomb the marshalling yard at Foggia, Italy.

The 566th and 567BS(H), 389BG(H), which have been operating from Bengasi, Libya with B-24's since Jul 43, return to their base at Hethel, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): Around 135 B-17's and 140 P-38's attack satellite airfields at Foggia, Italy. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighter-bombers hit trucks S of Sinopoli, Italy.

The 414BS(H), 97BG(H) transfers form Pont-du-Fahs to Depienne, Tunisia with B-17's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 13 B-25's, along with 40+ USN dive bombers and an escort of fighter aircraft, pound barge centers at Webster and Ringa Coves on New Georgia Island. 6 B-24's, along with 24 fighters, hit Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. Other P-40's strafe large motor vessels and a barge in the NW part of the Slot.

The 371BS(H), 307BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands begins operating from Guadalcanal Island with B-24's; they will fly their first Mission tomorrow.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, almost 100 B-24's, B-25's, and B-17's carry out an hour-long strike against the Hansa Bay area, Nubia, and Awar, and nearby shipping; and small flights of B-24's attack Finschhafen and hit a transport off New Hanover Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. A-20's hit Gasmata Island off New Britain Island; and B-25's bomb targets on Timor Island.

HQ 433TCG arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US. They will remain at this station until Oct 44.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 26 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands, the 11AF's striking power shrinks rapidly as the the following squadrons are ordered to prepare for departure to the Zone of Interior (ZI): 21BS(H), 30BG(H), on Umnak Island with B-24's, 36BS(H), 28th Composite Group, on Amchitka Island with B-24's, 73BS(H), 28th Composite Group, on Amchitka Island with B-25's, and 406BS(M), 41BG(M), at Elmendorf Field, Anchorage, with B-25's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 15 B-24's, with an escort of 17 fighters, bomb Kowloon Docks at Hong Kong; 5 Japanese interceptors are shot down. 5 B-25's, supported by 11 P-40's, bomb Tien Ho Airfield at Canton, China; in a battle with enemy interceptors 1 P-40 is lost; the B-25's and P-40's claim 5 Zekes downed.

In China, the 449FS is activated at Kunming and is assigned to the 51FG. The squadron forms at Lingling and begins training with P-38's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 35: 36 B-26's are dispatched to Caen/Carpiquet Airfield, France; all hit the target at 1846 hours; 1 B-26 is damaged beyond repair when it crashes on landing.

HQ 67FW arrives at Walcot Hall, England from the US. The wing will remain at this station until Oct 45.

HQ 20FG arrives at Kings Cliffe, England from the US. The group will remain at this station until Oct 45.

The 359th and 360FSs, 356FG, arrive at Goxhill, England from the US with P-47's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 316TCG and it's 36th, 37th, 44th and 45TCSs with C-47's are transferred to the 12AF.

The 328th, 329th, 330th, and 409BS(H), 93BG(H), which have been operating from Bengasi, Libya since Jun 43 with B-24's, return to their base at Hardwick, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): The RAF Desert AF (DAF) is assigned to the Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF), along with US units of the 9AF which have been an operational part of DAF and Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF).

In Italy, 80+ Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's, with P-38 escort bomb Capua Airfield; 100+ fighter-escorted medium bombers hit Grazzanise Airfield and satellite field; P-40's bomb Carloforte on San Pietro Island and strafe the S part of Sardinia; and NATAF medium and light bombers bomb targets on the toe of Italy, including the railroad junction at Locri and gun positions at Reggio di Calabria and Villa San Giovanni.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 11 B-25's and 50+ USN dive bombers, escorted by fighters, pound AA positions and barges at Ringa and Webster Coves on New Georgia Island and at Nusatuva Island; P-40's strafe 2 large motor boats and a 100-foot (30.5 m) steam vessel off Ganongga Island; 15 B-24's bomb Papatura Ite and supply areas on Papatura Fa Island; 15 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island; and P-39's strafe buildings on Gizo Island and at Kolulavabae Inlet.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 27 AUGUST 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 10th and 35BS(M), 25BG(M), based at Edinburgh Field, Trinidad (10th) and Zandery Field, Surinam (35th) respectively send a detachment with B-25's to operate from Port Of Spain, Trinidad until Oct 43.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 5 P-40's strafe a large truck convoy between Sintsiang and Yoyang, destroying 5 trucks and damaging 15 others; 1 P-40 is downed by ground fire; 6 other P-40's hit communication lines between Yoyang and Hankow; targets include 2 small steamboats, a gunboat, several railroad cars, and a water tower.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 87: 224 B-17's are dispatched to the German rocket-launching site construction at Watten, France; 187 hit the target at 1846-1941hours; they claim 7-0-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 98 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 18 WIA and 32 MIA. The mission escort consists of 173 P-47's; they claim 8-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and the pilot is listed as MIA. This is the first of the 8AF's missions against V-weapon sites (later designated NOBALL targets).

VIII Air Support Command Missions 36A & 36B: Two missions are scheduled to targets in France: 1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to the Poix Nord Airfield; 35 hit the target at 0826 hours; there are no losses or casualties.

2. 21 B-26's are dispatched to the Rouen Power Station but the mission is aborted because of bad weather and extremely heavy enemy fighter opposition.

HQ 356FG and it's 360FS arrive at Goxhill, England from the US with P-47's. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on 15 Oct.

The 77th and 79FSs, 20FG, arrive at Kings Cliffe, England from the US with P-38's. The squadrons will fly their first Mission on 28 Dec 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 564th and 565BS(H), 389BG(H), which have been operating from Bengasi, Libya since Jul with B-24's, returns to their base at Hethel, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the Sulmona marshalling yard, and medium bombers hit the Benevento and Caserta marshalling yards; nearly 150 P-38's escort the bombers. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) medium and light bombers, and fighters attack targets in S Italy, including Cantanzaro rail and road junction, guns near Reggio di Calabria, Sibari rail junctions, Cetraro marshalling yard, barracks at Tarsia, train and repair shops at Paola, and a barge at Diamante.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 486th, 487th, 488th and 498BS(M) transfer from Comiso to Catania, Sicily with B-25's. The 527FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Gela to Barcelona, Sicily with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 10 B-24's Snoopers, i.e., B-24's equipped with radar devices that permit blind bombing, begin operations from Carney Field, Guadalcanal Island. 12 B-25's, 8 P-40's, and 8 USN F4U's strafe barges and shoreline targets at Kakasa on Choiseul Island; and P-39's strafe barges and shore targets at Ringa Cove on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-26's attack bridges in the Bogadjim area; and A-20's strafe barges and troops along the Babui River in the Lae area. On Timor Island, B-25's bomb Dili and Cape Chater airstrip.

The 67TCS, 433TCG, arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with C-47's.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 28 AUGUST 1943

ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 8(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, based at Miami Army Airfield, Florida, ceases flying ASW missions.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's bomb the marshalling yard at Terni; B-26's hit the Aversa marshalling yard and Sparanise; and B-25's hit the Cancello Arnone marshalling yard. P-40's fly intruder missions over Sardinia, bombing and strafing industry and town area. Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) light and medium bombers attack railroad facilities at Lamezia and Catanzaro, Italy; fighter-bombers hit road and rail junctions, and marshalling yards at Castrovillari, Cosenza, and Catanzaro, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's, P-40's, and USN F4U's bomb and strafe barges, buildings, and personnel in the Sigolehe Island-Barora Ite Island area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 26 B-25's bomb and strafe dumps and shipping in the Hansa Bay area, sinking a small freighter, a power launch, and 8 barges and luggers; and 20 B-17's and A-20's bomb jetties at Lae and Voco Point and hit barges in Samoa Harbor between Lae and Salamaua.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 29 AUGUST 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 9 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb the airfield at Chingmen, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): Major General William E Kepner succeeds Major General Frank O Hunter as Commanding General VIII Fighter Command.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's hit the Orte marshalling yard, and B-26's bomb Torre Annunziata; Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters escort the NASAF bombers, hit a rail junction at Bagnara, bridge and town of Angitola, gun positions in the Villa San Giovanni-Reggio di Calabria areas, and a marshalling yard at Lamezia.

HQ 51Troop Carrier Wing transfers from Goubrine, Tunisia to Gela, Sicily.

HQ 57BW transfers from Egypt to Tunisia.

HQ 64TCG transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 35 B-24's, escorted by 44 P-38's, strike airfields at Wewak and Boram; and 48 B-25's and 2 B-17's bomb and strafe the Alexishafen and Bogadjim areas. A-20's hit dumps on Gasmata Island off the coast of New Britain. B-24's bomb Babo, New Guinea and Adodo in the Moluccas Islands.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 30 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): The 73BS(H), 28th Composite Group, based on Amchitka Island with B-25's, begins a movement back to the US.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 13 B-25's, some with P-40 support, attack Owchihkow and Shihshow, blasting fuel stores and several buildings; the P-40's strafe gun positions outside Shihshow; 10 P-38's and P-40's on armored reconnaissance from Sinti to Yoyang to Sienning, strafe and bomb several targets of opportunity; 3 locomotives are exploded and another damaged, a water tank is knocked down, and several railroad stations are heavily damaged. 4 other P-40's attack a convoy E of Hong Kong; 1freighter is hit amidships, causing heavy damage; 2 other vessels are also effectively damaged.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 482BG(Pathfinder), a Pathfinder (PFF) group fitted with British Oboe and H2S and US H2X blind-bombing equipment, becomes operational.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 38: 36 B-26's are dispatched to an ammunition dump at Foret d'Eperlecques near Saint-Omer, France; 33 hit the target at 1859 hours; 14 aircraft are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, B-17's of the Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) bomb Viterbo Airfield; B-25's hit the Civitavecchia marshalling yard; B-26's bomb the Aversa marshalling yard. P-40's strafe a radar station at Pula, Sardinia. Also in Italy, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) medium and light bombers attack marshalling yards at Marina di Cantanzaro and Paola, and gun emplacements and bivouac S of Reggio di Calabria; and A-36's bomb marshalling yards at Sapri and Lamezia.

HQ 60TCG transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Gela, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 24 B-24's, along with 20 P-40's and P-39's and 20+ USN F4U's, pound Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. Allied airplanes claim more than 30 Japanese shot down; 6 US aircraft are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's pound Dagua, But, and Tadji; and A-20's hit barges on the Bubui River. On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester Airfield while B-25's sweep along the NW coast, bombing and strafing barges and enemy-occupied villages.

The 8FS, 49FG, transfers from Dobodura to Tsili Tsili, New Guinea with P-40's.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 31 AUGUST 1943

ATO - ZI - ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE (Antisubmarine Command): The 11(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, based at Ft Dix Army Airfield, New Jersey with B-24's, ceases flying ASW missions.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 7 B-24's bomb Gia Lam Airfield; and 22 P-40's and 2 P-38's bomb a dike near Co Bi barracks. 6 B-25's hit Ichang Airfield, China while 3 others attack an oil storage area to the E; P-40's also hit the oil stores. 3 P-40's claim heavy damage to a freighter off Stonecutter's Island near Hong Kong. In China, 4 P-38's dive-bomb Yoyang railroad yards and Sinti warehouses; a P-38 is shot down by ground fire.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 88: Two aviation locations in France are targetted: 1. 170 B-17's are dispatched to Amiens/Glisy Airfield; 105 hit the target at 1807-1824 hours; they claim 5-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 35 damaged; casualties are 5 KIA, 8 WIA and 33 MIA.

2. 149 B-17's are dispatched to the aircraft plant at Meulan; the plant is cloud covered and 1 B-17 hits a railway NE of Rouen; 19 B-17s are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

These missions are escorted by 160 P-47's which claim 2-1-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47's are lost and both pilots are listed as MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 41 and 42: 216 B-26's are dispatched to Rouen and Mazingarbe power stations; Poix/Nord and Lille/Nord Airfields; and the Hesdin fuel dump; 104 hit the targets; 1 B-26 is lost and 13 damaged; casualties are 5 WIA and 6 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's bomb the marshalling yard at Pescara, Italy; they claim 9 enemy fighters destroyed.

The 66th and 68BS(H), 44BG(H), that have been operating from Benina, Libya with B-24's since Jun, return to their base at Shipdham, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (NAAF - North African AF): In Italy, about 150 Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) B-17's blast the Pisa marshalling yard, doing a large amount of damage; Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) medium and light bombers bomb the Cosenza marshalling yard and road-railway junction in Cantanzaro during the morning, and in the afternoon bomb the area around Cosenza when clouds prevent hitting specific targets; fighter-bombers hit Sapri railroad and seaplane base; and during the night light bombers hit the bivouac areas SE of Reggio di Calabria.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-40's, in a running battle over Vella Lavella Island, claim 5 Japanese airplanes shot down; other P-40's strafe barges in Timbala Bay on Vella Lavella Island. 22 B-25's and 50 USN airplanes bomb gun positions and the radio station at Vila on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Bombers fly scattered strikes against shipping and shore targets in the Saint George Channel between New Ireland and New Britain Islands and in the Netherlands East Indies.

SEPTEMBER 1943

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 2 P-40's attempting to intercept Japanese aircraft reported near Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands abort because of weather.

ASW OPERATIONS (1AF): During Sep 43, the 5th and 13(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, cease flying ASW patrols from Westover Field, Massachusetts and Grenier Field, New Hampshire respectively with B-24's. The 5th is redesignated the 827BS(H) on 1Oct 43 and will arrive in Italy in Apr 44 with B-24's; the 13th is redesignated 863BS(H) and will arrive in England in Jan 44 with B-17's.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): From this date through 14 Sep, 8 B-24's conduct daily sea-search operations from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): A detachment of the 9(Photo)S(L), 10AF based at Pandaveswar, India begins operating from Dinjan, India with F-4's and F-5's.

The 459FS is activated at Karachi, India and assigned to the 80FG. The squadron begins training with P-38's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 B-25's, supported by 8 P-40's, attack a Japanese destroyer at Shihhweiyao; no hits are scored on the ship but considerable damage is done to the surrounding dock area; 6 P-40's sink a small tanker down river from Ichang, damage 2 large boats between Ocheng and Shihhweiyao, and strafe cavalry troops at Ocheng; 3 other P-40's heavily damage a small ship at Swatow harbor and strafe the nearby airfield; 3 P-38's and a P-40 dive-bomb and strafe barracks at Yangsin, demolishing 3 buildings; and 2 nearby locomotives are also destroyed. The fighter-bombers then heavily damage a small steamer at Wuchang, sink 1tug and damage another at Kutang, and blast a train and an AA position S of Puchi.

During Sep 43, HQ 23FG transfers from Kunming to Kweilin, China.

During Sep 43, detachments of the 449FS, 51 Fighter Group based at Lingling, China operate from Hengyang and Kweilin, China with P-38's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 506BS(H), 44BG(H), ceases operating from Benina, Libya with B-24's and returns to it's base at Shipdham, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): All ADMINISTRATIVE functions of the Army AFs elements of the Northwest African AF are transferred to the appropriate 12AF organizations: HQ Northwest African AF (NAAF) to HQ 12AF, Northwest African Strategic AF (NASAF) to XII BC, Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) to XII Air Support Command, Northwest African Coastal AF to XII Fighter Command, Northwest African Air Service Command (NAASC) to XII AF Services Command, Northwest African AF Troop Carrier Command to XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional), NW African Photographic Reconnaissance Wing to Photo Reconnaissance Wing (Provisional), and Northwest African Training Command (NATC) to XII Training Command (Provisional). OPERATIONAL control remains with the Northwest African AF.

In Italy, P-40's bomb a zinc plant at Iglesias and strafe a factory N of Gonnesa; medium and light bombers hit Bova Marina, areas near Salina and Sant' Eufemia d'Aspromonte town area and bridge at Oliveto.

HQ 52TCW transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Agrigento, Sicily.

HQ 64FW transfers from Gela to Milazzo, Sicily.

HQ 61TCG transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Licata, Sicily.

The 32 and 61TCSs, 314TCG, transfer from Kairouan, Tunisia to Castelvetrano, Sicily with C-47's.

The 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers from Termini to San Antonio, Sicily with F-6's.

The 526FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Gela to Barcelona, Sicily with A-36's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 70+ B-24's and B-25's hit the Alexishafen-Madang area, dropping 201 tons of bombs (heaviest by 5AF to date). Other B-25's hit Iboki Plantation in the Bismarck Archipelago, barges on the Bubui River in New Guinea, the Rein Bay on New Britain Island area and several villages in New Britain. B-17's bomb Labu Island, New Guinea. B-26's attack Cape Gloucester area on New Britain Island. B-24's and B-25's strike targets in the Lesser Sunda Islands.

The 68th and 69TCSs, 433TCG, arrive at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with C-47's.

The 432FS, 475FG, ceases operating from Port Moresby and returns to it's base at Dobodura with P-38's.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 10 B-25's and 5 P-40's bomb Hong Kong hitting the Kowloon area and attack shipping off Stonecutter's Island and in the Lai Chi Kok area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC

Mission 89: Airfields in France are targeted; because of unfavorable cloud conditions only part of one force is able to attack a target.

1. 233 B-17's are dispatched to airfields in NW France but the mission is abandoned at the French coast due to heavy clouds.

2. 86 B-17's are dispatched to Mardyck and Denain/Prouvy Airfields; 34 hit the target at 1922 and 1905 hours respectively; 9 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

182 P-47's are dispatched to escort the bombers but they carry out fighter sweeps; 3 P-47's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 4 are damaged; casualties are 3 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 41 and 42: 216 B-26's are dispatched to 5 targets in France (36 per target); the mission s to a power station at Rouen and Poix/Nord and Lille/Nord Airfields are aborted due to weather; 35 B-26's hit a power station at Mazingarbe and 69 hit a fuel dump at Hesden; 1 B-26 is lost and 13 damaged; casualties are 5 WIA and 6 MIA.

MTO - ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 1(Anti-sub)S(H), 480th Antisubmarine Group, based at Port Lyautey, French Morocco begins operating from Protville, Tunisia with B-24's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, almost 200 B-17's and B-25's of the XII BC bomb marshalling yards at Bologna, Trento, Bolzano, and Cancello Arnone; bombers and fighters escorting the B-25's claim 28 enemy airplanes shot down; and tactical aircraft, including (RAF) and 9AF airplanes, hit gun positions and other targets on the Italian toe, bomb rail communications at Bova Marina, Locri, Marina di Monasterace, Siderno Marina, Lamezia, and Catanzaro, and attack barges in the Golfo di Sant' Eufemia and an ammunition dump at Saptri.

HQ 31FG and it's 308FS transfer from Termini to Milazzo, Sicily with Spitfires.

The 15TCS, 61TCG, transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Licata, Sicily with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 24 B-25's and 60+ USN (USN) aircraft pound Vila on Kolombangara Island, hitting AA and artillery positions and the area E of Ringa Cove on New Georgia Island. 18 B-24's, 20+ P-40's and P-39's, and 60+ USN planes attack Kahili on Bougainville Island; shore installations, the airfield, and bridges N of the strip are hit.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's, with P-38 escort, attack shipping at Wewak, New Guinea harbor, claiming 1 vessel sunk and 2 left aflame; 10 enemy interceptors are claimed destroyed; barrage balloons offer some protection to the enemy ships. This is first AAF observation of Japanese use of such balloons in the Southwest Pacific Area.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 11 P-40's and 2 P-38's blast the barracks area at Pho Lu, French Indochina.

HQ 68FW and 69BW are activated at Kunming, China. Neither unit will be manned until Dec 43.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 90: Luftwaffe air installations in France are the target.

1. 168 B-17's are dispatched to the Romilly sur Seine air depot; 100 hit the target at 0903-0911hours; 28 hit the secondary target, the airfield at St Andre de L'Eure at 0947-0949 hours; and 12 hit a target of opportunity, the Evreux/Fauvill Airfield at 0955 hours; they claim 11-1-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 55 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 40 MIA.

2. 65 B-17's are dispatched to Mureaux Airfield; 38 hit the target at 0843-0844 while 18 hit a dummy airfield near Dieppe; 2 B-17's are damaged; no casualties.

3. 65 B-17's are dispatched to an industrial area at Caudron-Renault near Paris; 37 hit the target at 0925 hours; they claim 15-4-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17's are lost and 18 damaged; casualties are 4 WIA and 40 MIA.

The B-17's are escorted by 160 P-47's; they claim 4-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and 2 damaged; no casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 44: 36 B-26's are dispatched to the Beaumont le Roger Airfield and 31 hit the target at 1007 hours; 36 are dispatched to Beauvais/Tille Airfield and all hit the target at 0907 hours; and 69 are dispatched to the Lille/Nord Airfield and 31 hit the target at 0828 hours; 20 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's bomb the marshalling yard at Sulmona, Italy; they claim 11 Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed; 6 B-24's are lost.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): P-40's on a sweep over Sardinia hit Pula and Capo Carbonara radar installations. In Italy, A-20's, A-36's, fighters and RAF light bombers hit gun positions throughout the toe of Italy, attack airfields at Crotone and Camigliatello and hit railway yards at Marina di Catanzaro and Punta di Staletti, troop concentration near Santo Stefano d'Aspromonte and road junctions and bridges at Cosenza.

On the ground in Italy, the British Eighth Army lands on the toe of Italy between Reggio di Calabria and Villa San Giovanni (Operation BAYTOWN). The Italian government signs surrender terms.

HQ 316TCG and it's 36TCS transfer from Enfidaville, Tunisia to Mazzara, Sicily with C-47's.

The 17TCS, 64TCG, transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily with C-47's.

The 62TCS, 314TCG, transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Castelvetrano, Sicily with C-47's.

The 307FS, 31FG, transfers from Termini to Milazzo, Sicily with Spitfires.

The 415NPS, XII Fighter Command, transfers from La Sebala, Tunisia to Cantania, Sicily with Beaufighters.

The 522 and 524FBSs, 27FBG, transfer from Gela to Barcelona, Sicily and San Antonio, Sicily respectively with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 20+ B-24's, 14 P-40's, and 30+ USN airplanes attack Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island is bombed by 5 B-24's and 10 USN aircraft. P-40's strafe a wharf at Webster Cove on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Heavy and medium bombers blast gun emplacements and terrace defenses in the Lae, New Guinea area. Other heavy bombers hit the Cape Gloucester area on New Britain Island. Light raids are flown against targets on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands and Timor Island in the Sunda Islands.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): HQ XI BC transfers from Amchitka Island to Adak Island in the Aleutian Island.s

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 19FS, 318FG, transfers from Kipapa Field to Stanley Field, Territory of Hawaii with P-40's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 10 B-25's and 11 P-40's pound Tien Ho airfield at Canton, China; 3 of 15 intercepting Zekes are shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 47: 144 B-26's are dispatched to 4 marshalling yards in France (36 B-26's to each target); 33 hit Courtrai marshalling yard at 1756 hours; 33 hit the Lille/Deliverance marshalling yard at 1756 hours; 34 hit the Hazebrouck marshalling yard at 1831hours; and 23 hit the St Pol marshalling yard at 1833 hours; 22 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, bad weather prevents XII BC B-17's from locating their targets (airfields); P-38's sent to hit landing grounds at Grazzanise also fail to find targets, but attack targets of opportunity in the general area; US fighter-bombers and RAF light bombers hit motor transport scattered along the Italian toe, and bomb gun positions NE of Reggio di Calabria and roads and railroad junction in the Cosenza-Catanzaro-Nicastro area and at Colosimi.

HQ 57BW transfers from Tunisia to Lentini, Sicily.

The 16TCS, 64TCG, transfers El Djem, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily with C-47's.

The 28TCS, 60TCG, transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Gela, Sicily with C-47's.

The 99FS, XII Air Support Command, transfers from Licata to Termini, Sicily with P-40's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 23 B-25's hit the Dulo Cove area on New Georgia Island; 9 B-24's, 15 AAF fighters, and 20+ USN fighters hit the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, the Allied offensive against Lae begins as forces land at Hopoi and the mouth of the Buso River; B-24's support the landings by pounding Lae airfield, B-25's hit the Hopoi area and bomb the airfield at Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island; A-20's and (RAAF) planes hit the airfield on Gasmata Island off New Britain Island; supporting P-38's intercept 100+ enemy fighters and bombers, which are airborne despite the attacks on airfields, and claim 20 shot down.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 15 fighter-bombers pound the marshalling yard SE of Lao Kay, French Indochina; 16 others hit barracks in the city.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 48: 3 marshalling yards are targeted. 72 B-26's are dispatched to 2 marshalling yards at Ghent, Belgium; 31bomb one yard at 0827 hours; 32 bomb the second yard at 0831hours; the 36 B-26's dispatched to the marshalling yard at Courtrai, France are recalled due to weather; 38 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 4 WIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Brigadier General Victor H Strahm, Chief of Staff, assumes temporary command during the absence of Lieutenant General Lewis H Brereton. Colonel John C Kilborn assumes command of the IX BC upon the departure of Major General Uzal G Ent from the theater. (Ent AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado was named for General Ent. The base was active from Jan 51 to Jul 76.): MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, 130+ XII Bomber Command B-17's bomb the airfield at Viterbo and the town of Civitavecchia; 200+ B-25's and B-26's hit landing grounds at Grazzanise. In Sardinia, other medium bombers and fighters hit the Pula radar station and town of Pabillonis. Weather hampers operations of the fighters and medium and light bombers of the NATAF, i.e., 12AF and RAF aircraft, and only a few targets (guns, roads, railroads, and troops) are attacked during missions over the toe of Italy.

HQ 68RG and it's 122LS transfer from Berrechid Airfield, French Morocco to Berteaux, Algeria. The 122 is operating a fighter training school with P-38's, P-39's and P-40's.

The 71FS, 1FG, based at Mateur, Tunisia, begins operating from Gerbini, Sicily with P-38's.

The 309FS, 31FG, transfers from Termini to Milazzo, Sicily with Spitfires.

The 523Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 27FBG, transfers from Gela to Barcelona, Sicily with A-36's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 82 C-47'S drop paratroops at Nadzab Airfield (first such landings in the Southwest Pacific Area) following bombardment of the drop zone by 52 medium bombers and pounding of Lae Airfield by 24 heavy bombers; a smoke screen is laid over the landing area by A-20's; Nadzab Airfield is quickly put into operational condition and will subsequently become a major Allied airbase.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 6 fighter-bombers attack wharves, vessels, and destroy a small factory building in the Yoyang-Shihhweiyao area; 5 others hit trucks, trains, gun emplacements, and railway facilities in areas around Sintsiang and Puchi.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 91: Aircraft and bearing factories in and around Stuttgart, Germany are targeted but extensive clouds prevent all but a few B-17's from attacking the primary targets. Formations become separated and disorganized and attack targets of opportunity in a wide area.

1. 151 of 181 B-17's of the 1Bombardment Division attack various targets of opportunity at 0951-1017 hours; they claim 32-6-21 Luftwaffe aircraft; 27 B-17's are lost, 9 are damaged beyond repair and 47 damaged; casualties are 14 WIA and 153 MIA.

2. 111 of 157 B-17's of the 3Bombardment Division hit Stuttgart and various targets of opportunity at 0940-1229 hours; they claim 66-14-29 Luftwaffe aircraft; 18 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 69 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 13 WIA and 180 MIA.

3. 60 of 69 B-24's of the 2Bombardment Division fly a diversion.

176 P-47's fly escort for the B-17's; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost. Strong fighter opposition is encountered and 45 B-17's are lost.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 50 and 51.

1. 144 B-26's are dispatched to the marshalling yards at Ghent, Belgium and Rouen, France; the Ghent Mission is recalled when bad weather prevents the fighter escort from taking off; 66 hit Rouen at 0738 and 0739 hours; 3 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

2. 144 B-26's are dispatched to the marshalling yards at Amiens and Serqueux, France; 126 hit the targets at 1755 to 1757 hours; 3 B-26's are damaged.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's hit Capodichino Airfield, Villa Literno marshalling yard, Gaeta harbor, and Minturno railroad facilities; weather prevents a B-17 attack on Pomigliano airfield. B-25's and B-26's hit Capua airfield and landing grounds at Grazzanise. P-40's hit the landing ground at Pabillonis, Sardinia. US and RAF planes of NATAF operate on reduced scale, flying patrols and hitting railroads and targets of opportunity on the Italian toe.

HQ 62TCG and it's 7TCS transfers from Goubrine, Tunisia to Ponte Olivo, Sicily with C-47's.

The 10th, 11th and 12TCSs, 60TCG, transfer from El Djem, Tunisia to Gela, Sicily with C-47's.

The 14TCS, 61TCG, transfers from Kairouan, Tunisia to Licata, Sicily with C-47's.

The 16RS (Bomber), 68RG, transfers from Berrechid, French Morocco to Berteaux, Algeria. The squadron is operating a school for fighter pilots until 23 Sep with P-38's, P-39's, P-40's and Spitfires. The 27th and 94FSs, 1FG, based at Mateur, Tunisia begin operating from Dittaino, Sicily with P-38's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and P-39's hit enemy positions at Kakasa on Choiseul Island; B-24's blast gun positions at Vila on Kolombangara Island; and P-39's join USN aircraft in a strike on suspected a radar site on Morgusaia Island. 5 Zekes are claimed shot down; 2 P-39's are lost.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, heavy bombers pound Lae Airfield and surrounding area, and medium bombers bomb and strafe enemy defenses in Malahang and vicinity, as Allied ground forces push toward Lae; US fighters claim 8 enemy aircraft downed over Lae. B-25's fly a sweep against barges along the coast of New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago and bomb targets on Timor Island in the Sunda Islands.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's attack Gokteik Viaduct, Burma, causing minor damage.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 92.

1. 114 B-17's are dispatched to the Brussels/Evere Airfield in Belgium; 105 hit the target at 0849-0852 hours; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 10 are damaged; no casualties.

2. 29 B-24's are dispatched to the Bergen/Alkmaar Airfield in the Netherlands; 3 hit the airfield at 0857 and 19 hit a convoy off Texel Island; no B-24's are lost or damaged; no casualties.

3. 147 B-17's are dispatched V-weapon site at Watton, France; weather is a problem and 3 groups abort the mission ; 58 hit the target at 0820-0854; 39 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 7 WIA. The 1 and 2 Bombardment Divisions are escorted by 178 P-47's; they claim 3-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and another is damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 52: Marshalling yards at Lille and St Pol are targetted; confusion at the rendezvous point causes one group and half of another to abort the mission ; St Pol is hit by 81 aircraft at 0854-0858 hours; they claim 0-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-26's are damaged; no casualties.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ Army AFs decides to transfer Lieutenant General Lewis H Brereton, Commanding General, and his HQ staff from Africa to the United Kingdom to reform the 9AF in the European Theater of Operations by absorbing the VIII Air Support Command.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's bomb 2 satellite airfields at Foggia; B-25's and B-26's hit road and rail bridges at Saptri and Trebisacce and roads at Lauria. In Sardinia, P-40's hit the landing ground at Pabillonis and barges off Portoscuso. US A-20's of the Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) support British landing on 7/8 Sep near Pizzo, Italy in an unsuccessful attempt to cut off enemy retreat up W coast of the Italian toe. Medium and light bombers, in an afternoon raids, bomb Crotone airfield and roadblock and gun batteries N of Catanzaro, Italy.

The 4th and 8TCSs, 62TCG, transfer from Goubrine, Tunisia to Gela, Sicily with C-47's.

The 35TCS, 64TCG, El Djem, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 2 B-25's bomb barge depot and supply area E of Ringa Cove on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's and B-26's bomb the Lae area; B-25's bomb and strafe nearby targets on road to Markham; P-38's successfully turn back enemy bombing attack on Morobe; and C-47's begin flying the Australian 7 Division to Nadzab. A-20's hit Gasmata Island area off New Britain Island.

The 70TCS, 433TCG, arrives at Townsville, Queensland, Australia from the US with C-47's.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): B-24's, operating from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands, fire on a flying boat scoring hits hut causing no visible damage.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 6 B-24's mine the Rangoon River during the night of 7/9 Sep; and B-25's hit Gokteik Viaduct for the second consecutive day, scoring 5 hits at the base of the structure, which remains usable.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 44th and 93BGS(H) resume operations in the UK after detached service in Africa; the 389BG(H), previously diverted to Africa, becomes operational in the UK.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 53 and 54.

1. 71 B-26's are dispatched to Lille/Nord Airfield in France; 68 hit the target at 0922 hours; 3 B-26's are damaged; no casualties.

2. 72 B-26's are dispatched to Lille/Vendeville Airfield in France; 68 hit the target at 1011-1013 hours; 1 B-26 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 21are damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

3. 72 B-26's are dispatched to Boulogne coastal defenses; 68 hit the target at 1756-1818 hours; 26 B-26's are damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's bomb the landing ground at Foggia, as convoys approach Salerno to begin the US invasion of Italy (Operation AVALANCHE).

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, about 130 XII Bomber Command B-17's bomb Frascati; 16O+ medium bombers hit a highway at Lauria and bridges at Trebisacce and Saptri; fighters hit Pabillonis, Sardinia, cover Allied forces near Pizzo, and bomb and strafe roads and vehicles in the Lamezia-Vibo Valentia-Pizzo-Catanzaro areas; and bombers hit roads and junctions in the Naples area during the night of 8/9 Sep.

HQ 5(Photo)RG and the ground echelon of the 23(Photo)S(L) arrive at La Marsa, Tunisia from the US.

The air echelon of the 23has been operating from La Marsa since 13 Jul 43 with F-5's.

The 18TCS, 64TCG, transfers from El Djem, Tunisia to Comiso, Sicily with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 12 B-25's hit the Vila Airfield area on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's, B-24's, B-25's and B-26's pound the Lae area, and A-20's hit Salamaua. The Japanese at Salamaua are ordered to prepare to fall back to Lae in face of the approaching Australian 5 Division. Elements of the Australian 9 Division, moving W on Lae, reach the flooded Busu River where the Japanese hold the W bank. Other heavy and medium bombers carry out light raids on targets in W part of New Guinea and in islands of Netherlands East Indies.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): At Umnak Island, (RCAF) No 14 (Fighter) Squadron prepares to depart for British Columbia, Canada.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-24's again mine the Rangoon River in Burma during the night of 8/9 Sep.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 8 B-25's and 11 P-40's hit the White Cloud Airfield at Canton; 4 P-38's bomb the docks at Whampoa; 8 P-40's and P-38's hit shipping on the Yangtze River shipping near Chiuchiang, Kichun, Wusueh, Ocheng, and Changanyi, and strafe targets of opportunity in the general area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): On D-day for Operation STARKEY (a rehearsal for the invasion of France), the 8AF dispatches a record number of 330 heavy bombers against various targets in France: 1. 87 B-17's are dispatched to the industrial area at Paris; 20 hit the primary target at 0903 hours and 48 hit the secondary target, the Beaumont Suroise Airfield; they claim 16-2-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost and 21 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 21 MIA.

2. 63 B-17's are dispatched to Beauvais/Tille Airfield; 59 hit the target at 0816-0819 hours; 6 B-17's are damaged.

3. 37 B-17's are dispatched to Lille/Nord Airfield; all hit the target at 0830-0833 hours; 10 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

4. 56 B-17's are dispatched to Lille/Vendeville Airfield; 52 hit the target at 0830-0840 hours; 7 B-17's are damaged.

5. 56 B-17's are dispatched to Vitry-en-Artois Airfield; 51 hit the target at 0837-0840; no losses or casualties.

6. 38 B-24's are dispatched to St Omer/Ft Rouge and St Omer/Longuenesse Airfield; 28 hit the target; 3 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

7. 40 B-24's are dispatched to Abbeville/Drucat Airfield; 35 hit the target; no losses or casualties.

All missions except 7. above are escorted by 215 P-47's. They claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47's are lost; casualties are 1 MIA.

Operation STARKEY is a disappointment as the Luftwaffe refuses to commit fighter defenses on a large scale, thus preventing possible destruction of many of their aircraft, which Allied AFs hoped to accomplish.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 55: 217 B-26's are dispatched to the coastal defenses around Boulogne, France; 202 hit the targets at 0745-0915 hours; 3 B-26's are lost, 2 are damaged beyond repair and 24 damaged; casualties are 11 KIA, 8 WIA and 19 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's hit the satellite airfield at Foggia, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): Major General Paul L Williams assumes command of the XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional). In Italy, 100+ XII BC B-17's bomb bridges at Capua and Cancello Arnone, and 240+ B-25's and B-26's hit railroad-bridges at Potenza and landing ground at Scanzano; P-40's fly an uneventful sweep over Sardinia. XII Air Support Command fighters maintain patrols over Salerno, and other NATAF planes bomb and strafe motor transport, roads, and other targets in the Catanzaro-Auletta-Rogliano area and NNW of Salerno, as Lieutenant General Mark W Clark's Fifth Army invades Italy, landing near Salerno (Operation AVALANCHE) and British forces make an airborne landing on heel of Italy, taking Taranto (Operation SLAPSTICK).

HQ XII Air Support Command transfers from Sicily to Salerno, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 12 B-25's and 50+ USN dive bombers pound Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island and barges at Disappointment Cove on New Georgia Island. 18 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island. 2 nearby coastal guns are also hit.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe coastal area from Alexishafen to Finschhafen and hit points on New Britain coast. Heavy bombers attack Garove Island off New Britain Island. Selaroe Island in the Tanibar Islands is hit by a light medium bombers strike.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 9 B-24's fly from Adak Island to Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in preparation for a mission to Paramushiru Island in the Kurile Islands tomorrow.

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: The First and 4AFs are relieved from their assignments to Eastern and Western Defense Commands respectively and hereafter serve primarily as training organizations for fighter units.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's again bomb Gokteik Viaduct in Burma. The approaches are battered but the viaduct remains usable. The detachment of ground personnel of the 491BS(M), 341BG(M), at Gaya, India returns to it's base at Chakulia, India.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 10 B-25's and 7 P-40's hit a cotton warehouse N of Wuchang and docks at Hankow; 9 of 20 intercepting Zekes are claimed destroyed; 9 P-38's bomb docks at Whampoa.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's bomb a satellite airfield at Foggia, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC medium bombers hit railroad and road junctions and road net in the Castelnuovo-Pescopagano-Cassino-Capua-Formia areas; heavy bombers attack the Ariano intersection and highway bridge (and bridges and roads in the area), bridges near Botena and over the Tiber River SW of Rome, and roads, buildings, and railroad facilities at Isernia; XII Air Support Command and RAF airplanes of the NATAF blast heavy road movement N from Lauria and cover beachheads in the Salerno area as the British Eighth Army increases pressure on its front in an effort to prevent the Germans from concentrating against the US Fifth Army's Salerno beachhead. German troops occupy Rome. During the night of 10/11Sep, B-25's of the 12BG(M) hit communications centers at Corleto, Perticara, Auletta and Saptri.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's attack barges along the New Britain coast. In New Guinea, the Australian 7 Division, having been flown to Nadzab in C-47's, begins a push E toward Lae.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 12 B-25's and 8 B-24's attack Paramushiru Island in the Kurile Islands for the third and last time this year. 6 B-24's bomb the Kashiwabara staging area; shipping is bombed and strafed in Kashiwabara harbor and Paramushiru Straits; 1freighter and 1 large transport are sunk while 1transport and 2 cargo ships are damaged; 2 other cargo vessels sustain possible hits; targets hit on land include 2 buildings and an AA battery on Shimushu Island. Of 40 fighters giving battle, 13 are shot down and 3 more are probables. 2 B-24's force-land in the USSR, one with mechanical defect, the other after being hit; 1 B-24 is downed by AA fire; losses are 7 B-25's and 2 B-24's in this most disastrous day for the 11AF. It will be another 5 months before it is able to strike at the Kurils again.

The 77BS(M), 28th Composite Group, transfers from Adak Island to Amchitka Island with B-25's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 10 B-25's and 11 P-40's attack the Hankow docks and Wuchang cotton mills; and 3 P-38's bomb ammunition and fuel depots at Tayeh and strafe warehouses and barracks at Yangsin.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 56: Two locations in France are targeted: 1. 20 B-26's are dispatched to the Rouen power station; 19 hit the secondary target, the shipyard at Le Trait at 1704 hours, when the primary target is obscured by clouds; 14 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 1 WIA.

2. 35 B-26's are dispatched to Beaumont le Roger Airfield; 32 hit the target at 1756 hours; 1 B-26 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 4 KIA.

HQ 92BG(H) transfers from Alconbury to Podington, England. The group will remain at this station until Jun 45.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's bomb the Benevento marshalling yard and bridge and highway junction nearby; B-25's and B-26's hit highways and junctions at Castelnuovo, Ariano, Mignano, and Isernia; P-40's fly an uneventful sweep over S Sardinia; and US and RAF airplanes of the NATAF continue to provide beachhead cover in the Salerno area, hit road communications throughout the day, and attack road and rail bridges, junctions, airfield, and town areas at Saptri, Corleto, Perticara, Auletta, and Gioia del Colle, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's pound the area W of Vila airfield on Kolombangara Island and W of Disappointment Cove on New Georgia Island. The airfield is hit again in the evening by 3 B-24's. 25 B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb Kahili airfield on Bougainville Island; B-24's and fighters claim 7 aircraft shot down. P-40's and P-39's support USN dive bombers in striking gun positions at Hamberi on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb Makassar on Celebes Island. In New Guinea, Australian forces cross the Francisco River to Salamaua airfield as Japanese forces draw toward Lae.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): HQ XI Fighter Command transfers from Elmendorf Field, Anchorage to Adak Island.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 90FS, 80th Fighter Group, transfers from Karachi to Jorhat, India with P-40's. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on 16 Sep.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 8 P-38's bomb shipping in the Hong Kong area, 4 hit Yangtze River traffic at Chiuchiang, and 4 P-40's strafe barracks and destroy a locomotive W of Shihhweiyao.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's hit Kalathos and Maritsa airfields on Rhodes.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's bomb the Mignano road defiles, the Benevento road bridge, and the Frosinone airfield; medium bombers hit Ariano (and trucks and road nearby), Isernia, and Castelnuovo and Formia road junctions; US and RAF aircraft of the NATAF attack motor transport movement, roads, and bridges in the Potenza-Auletta areas, maintain cover over the US Fifth Army in the Salerno invasion area (where the enemy launches a fierce effort to reduce the beachhead), and during the night of 12/13 Sep fly intruder missions over 6 airfields between Rome and Pizzo, finding little activity. British Eighth Army forces on the toe of Italy capture Crotone and push N, and on the Taranto front occupy territory up to N of Castelaneta.

The 64FS, 57FG, transfers from Sicily to Rocco Bernardo, Italy with P-40's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's and B-24's pound Lae as the Japanese begin a withdrawal in the face of the Australian 9 and 7 Divisions moving in from E and W; the Australian 5 Division occupies Salamaua and surrounding area; the first Allied airplane lands at Salamaua airfield; and B-25's strafe between Saidor and Langemak Bay. B-25's hit barges near Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island, and A-20's bomb a radio station on Gasmata Island off the coast of New Britain Island.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (11AF): Major General Davenport Johnson succeeds Major General William O Butler as Commanding General of the 11AF.

The 36BS(H), 28th Composite Group, begins a movement from Amchitka Island to McChord Field, Washington with B-24's. The squadron will transfer to England in Nov 43.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 1, 2d, and 3d Bombardment Divisions are activated at Brampton Grange, Horsham St Faith and Camp Blainey, England respectively. They are formed from complements of VIII BC's 4 bombardment wings which are redesignated CBW(H) effective this date; each bombardment division is organized into combat bombardment wings. Commanding Officers of the Bombardment Divisions are Major General Robert B Williams (1), Brigadier General James P Hodges (2d), and Major General Curtis E LeMay (3d).

HQ 6FW is inactivated at Atcham, England.

HQs of the following Combat BWS(H) transfer as follows: HQ 1Wing Brampton Grange to Bassingbourn.

HQ 4th Wing from Camp Blainey to Bury St Edmunds.

HQ 13th Wing from Camp Blainey to Horham.

HQ 14th Wing from Camp Thomas to Shipdham.

HQ 45th Wing from Brampton Grange to Snetterton Heath.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): RAF heavy bombers, under the operational control of the IX BC, hit Potenza, Italy. Colonel Frederick M Byerly replaces Colonel Charles D McAllister as commander of the IX Fighter Command.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, B-17's of the XII BC bomb roads in the Torre del Greco area, a highway at Sala Consilina, and a road junction, railway and bridge at Atena Lucana; B-25's attack a viaduct, rail and road junctions, and rail lines in the the Pompeii-Castellammare di Stabia-Torre Annuziata areas; XII Air Support Command A-36's destroy 25 to 30 vehicles near Potenza, and fighters maintain convoy patrol; US and RAF light and medium bombers of the NATBF hit town areas, road junctions, and vehicles in the Auletta-Pompeii-Sala Consilina-San Severino Rota areas. 80+ C-47's drop contingents of the US 82 Airborne Division S of the Sele River to strengthen the bridgehead in the face of enemy counterattacks which threaten the US Fifth Army beachhead in the Salerno area.

HQ 33FG transfers from Licata, Sicily to Paestum, Italy.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's escorted by P-38's, bomb airfields and ammunition dumps in the Wewak area; and B-25's hit Lae.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): HQ 311BG (Dive) and it's 382BS (Dive) arrive at Nawadih, India from the US with A-36's. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 16 Oct.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 15 B-24's are dispatched to Haiphong, French Indochina. The first flight aborts due to bad weather but the second flight reaches the target area and bombs docks and shipping. 4 P-38's severely damage 2 vessels at Chiuchiang, China.

The 25FS, 51FG, transfers from Dinjan, India to Yunnani, China with P-40's. The squadron's detachment at Jorhat, India also transfers.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 57: 108 B-26's are dispatched to the Woenisdrecht Airfield in the Netherlands and Lille/Nord Airfield in France; they are recalled due to weather; 18 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

HQ 2 CBW(H) transfers from Old Catton to Hethel, England and HQ 20CBW(H) transfers from Cheddington to Horsham St Faith, England.

HQ 55FG and it's 38th, 338th and 343FSs arrive at Nuthampstead, England from the US with P-38's. The group will fly it's first combat mission on 15 Oct.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's hit a marshalling yard at Pescara; RAF heavy bombers, under operational control of the IX BC, hit Potenza.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, elements of the British Eighth Army enter Bari; at Salerno, the US Fifth Army, throwing reserves and service troops into the line, and receiving much naval and air support, holds off enemy onslaughts against the beachhead; XII Bomber Command B-17's, B-25's, and B-26's attack highways, road junctions and defiles, bridges, town areas, railroads, marshalling yard, barracks, and numerous targets of opportunity, including several gun positions, in or near Avellino, Pompeii, Torre Annunziata, Auletta, Baronissi, San Severino Rota, Battipaglia, and Eboli; US and RAF fighter-bombers and light and medium bombers of the NATAF fly well over 500 sorties, mainly against bridges, and towns in the battle area or around Battipaglia, Eboli, Potenza

Torre Annunziata, Benevento, Auletta, and Avellino. C-47's drop more contingents of the US 82Airborne Division S of the Sele River to strengthen the beachhead, and also behind lines near Avellino to disrupt communications.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Allied airfields and other facilities on Guadalcanal, and at Barakoma and Munda on New Georgia Island are attacked by Japanese airplanes throughout the day. B-24's, with AAF and USN fighter escorts, bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island 3 times during the day. 30+ B-24's unload on dispersal and revetment areas and on runways, causing considerable damage; 8 Japanese interceptors are claimed shot down. 3 B-25's bomb Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island and 2 B-24's and 6 Venturas attack the Vila area. P-39's join USN fighters and dive bombers in attack on Ballale Island Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's attack Lae and barges in Hansa Bay; B-24's bomb Kendari on Celebes Island.

The detachment of the 6NFS, 15FG, which has been operating from New Guinea since 18 Apr with P-70's, begins a movement back to it's base at Kipapa, Territory of Hawaii.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 5 B-24's attack a cement plant at Haiphong, French Indochina; 50+ Japanese fighters attack the B-24's, shooting down 4 of them; the 1returning B-24 claims 10 fighters downed. 6 B-25's and 14 P-40's attack a cotton mill in the Wuchang, China area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 95: Aviation facilities in France are targeted: 1. 87 of 93 B-17's dispatched attack the Romilly-sur-Seine air depot at 1848-1850 hours; 2 B-17's are damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA.

2. 139 of 152 B-17's dispatched attack three targets; 40 hit the Caudron-Renault industrial area in Paris at 1855 hours, 21 hit the Billancourt-Renault works at 1854 hours, and 78 hit the Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine works in Paris; they claim 12-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17's are lost and 33 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 51 MIA.

3. 47 of 63 B-24's hit Chartres Airfield at 1904-1911hours; they claim 3-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-24 is lost; casualties are 10 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 96: 5 B-17's of the 422BS(H), 305BG(H), join the RAF in a night attack on the Dunlop factory at Montlucon, France; there are no losses or casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 58; 2 airfields in France are targeted: 1. 72 B-26's are dispatched to Lille/Nord Airfield but the mission is aborted due to weather.

2. 68 of 72 B-26's hit Merville Airfield at 1745 and 1748 hours; 27 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 2 WIA.

The 325th, 326th, 327th and 407BS(H), 92BG(H) transfers from Alconbury to Podington, England with B-17's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's hit a marshalling yard at Potenza and attack railroads and warehouses in the areas around Potenza, Altamura, Gravina di Puglia, and Matera.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, B-17's of the XII BC bomb highways and a railroad at Torre del Greco while B-25's and B-26's hit highways and road junctions at or near Torre Annunziata, Battipaglia, Eboli, Serre, Auletta, and Polla. The XII Air Support Command and other NATAF elements attack buildings, railroads, highways and motor transport in support of US Fifth Army as German counterattacks astride Sele River subside. British Eighth Army forces reach Saptri, threatening the enemy with entrapment between US and British forces.

HQ 57FG transfers from Sicily to Rocco Bernardo, Italy.

HQ 79FG and it's 85th, 86th and 87FSs transfer from Sicily to Crotone, Italy with P-40's.

The 416NPS, 12AF, transfers from Bone, Algeria to Bizerte, Tunisia with Beaufighters.

The 526FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Barcelona, Sicily to Sele Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's bomb Vila airfield on Kolombangara Island and Kahili and Kara airfields on Bougainville Island. B-24's, with fighter escort, later pound the Kahili runway area; others hit Parapatu Point on New Georgia Island. During the night, B-25's hit Kahili Airfield twice and heavy bombers bomb airfields on Buka and Ballale Islands. Ballale Airfield is also hit by USN dive bombers, supported by AAF, USN and USMC (USMC) fighters; a bivouac area, revetments, supply dumps and gun positions are hit; the runway appears badly damaged by the strikes.

HQ 403TCG arrives on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands, from the US.

A detachment of the 6NPS, 15FG, that has been operating from Guadalcanal Island with P-70's since 28 Feb 43, departs for it's base at Kipapa, Territory of Hawaii.

The 372BS(H), 307BG(H), that has been operating from Guadalcanal Island with B-24's since 5 Aug, returns to it's base on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands for R&R.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's, with P-38 escort, bomb airfields in the Wewak area, destroying 10 enemy aircraft on the ground; 14 more are claimed destroyed in air combat.

B-17's bomb the Lae area; and B-25's sink about 15 barges between Alexishafen and Finschhafen, blast an ammunition and supply dump near Bogadjim, and attack AA positions at Bostrem Bay.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 8 B-25's and 12 P-40's hit warehouses, barracks, ammunition dumps, and HQ at Liujenpa, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 97: 5 targets in France are hit: 1. 131 of 147 B-17's dispatched hit two targets in Nantes; 79 hit Nantes harbor installations at 1502-1512 hours and 52 hit Nantes/Chateau-Bougon Airfield at 1509-1512 hours; they claim 22-2-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 47 are damaged; casualties are 9 WIA and 60 MIA. This mission is escorted by 79 P-47's; they claim 2-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft and suffer no losses or casualties.

2. 93 of 148 B-17's hit La Pallice harbor installations at 1755-1758 hours, Larochelle/Laleau Airfield at 1755-1758 and Cognac/Chateaubernard Airfield at 1731hours; they claim 22-3-8 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost, 5 damaged beyond repair and 17 damaged; casualties are 44 KIA, 9 WIA and 30 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 98: 5 B-17's of the 422BS(H), 305BG(H), join the RAF in a night attack on the marshalling yard at Modane, France; there are no losses or casualties.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 59: 67 of 72 B-26's hit the Beaumont le Roger Airfield at 1735 hours and Tricoueville Airfield in France at 1735 hours; 2 B-26's are damaged.

HQ 40th and 41Combat BWS(H) transfer from Brampton Grange to Thurleigh and Molesworth, England respectively.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's hit road junctions and a supply dump at Potenza, Italy, following a RAF raid of the previous night.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, B-17's of the XII BC hit bridges, rail line, marshalling yard, trains, and a railroad-highway intersection in the Benevento area, and roads and railway facilities in the Caserta area; medium bombers hit roads, railroads, junctions, and bridges at Isernia, Formia, Mignano, and Capua; XII Air Support Command fighter-bombers maintain continuous sweeps over the Salerno beachhead and surrounding battle zone while other US and RAF elements of the NATAF (fighters, light and medium bombers) blast enemy aircraft, motor transport, troop concentrations and communications targets in the Contursi and Eboli areas.

On the ground in Italy, US and British make patrol contact near Vallo della Lucania. The US Fifth Army ties in with Taranto invasion force to form an Allied line across S Italy.

The 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers from San Antonio, Sicily to Sele Airfield, Italy with P-51's. A detachment remains at San Antonio until 30 Sep.

The 527FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Barcelona, Sicily to Sele Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-40's join USN fighters in covering a USN dive bomber strike on Ballale Island Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-17's, B-26's, B-25's, and A-20's pound enemy positions at Lae after which the airfield and town (evacuated by Japanese) are occupied by Australian forces; B-24's carry out a light strike on Sorong.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 383and 385BSs (Dive), 311BG (Dive), arrive at Nawadih, India from the US with A-36's. The 383will enter combat on 16 Oct.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, B-24's, attack a marshalling yard, road junction, and rail junction at Pescara on the E coast; RAF heavy bombers again hit Potenza.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's and B-26's bomb airfields at Ciampino and Pratica di Mare; B-25's attack small craft and barges off the mouth of the Tiber River; P-38's fly 27 dive-bombing missions against roads, junctions, railways, bridges, and targets of opportunity in the battle area and towns of Vallo della Lucania, Acerno, Nocera, Avellino, Gragnano Serre, Lioni, Fisciano, Monteforte Irpino, Cava de' Tirreni and Auletta; XII Air Support Command, NATBF, and other elements of NATAF escort naval vessels, and bomb rail and road junctions, motor transport, a marshalling yard, town areas, and various targets of opportunity in the Pompeii, Torre Annunziata, Salerno, Campagna, Sarno, Solofra, Montella, and Acerno areas.

On the ground in Italy, US Fifth Army forces advancing on Altavila are pinned down however, the enemy retires to the N, completing a withdrawal from the battleline during the night. The British Eighth Army begins a general advance N toward Potenza and Auletta.

The 99FS, XII Air Support Command, transfers from Termini to Barcellona, Sicily with P-40's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's carry out a coastal sweep against barges and villages from Reiss Point to Langemak Bay, New Guinea.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 12(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, ceases flying ASW patrols from Langley Field, Virginia with B-24's and begins a movement to Blythe AAF, California. The squadron will be redesignated the 859BS(H) and transfer to England on 1Jan 44.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 24 B-24's, flying out of Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands and Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands, bomb Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll and Maiana and Abemama Islands in the Gilbert chain during the night of 18/19 Sep. This action is part of a coordinated AAF-USN attack on Tarawa, aimed at preventing Japanese attacks on US installations at Baker Island and in the Ellice Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 71Liaison Squadron, US Army Forces CBI, based at Ramgarh, India sends a detachment to Ledo, India with L-4's and L-5's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 4 B-25's and 7 P-40's attack rail yards and blast furnaces at Shihhweiyao, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Missions 61 and 62: 3 installations in France are targeted: 1. 25 of 72 B-26's hit the Beauvais/Tille Airfield; 12 B-26's are damaged.

2. 18 B-26's dispatched to the Rouen marshalling yard and 72 B-26's dispatched to the Beaumont le Roger Airfield are recalled because of failure to rendezvous with fighter escort and bad weather, respectively.

The 328th, 329th, 330th and 409BS(H), 93BG(H), based at Hardwick, England begin operating from Oudna, Tunisia with B-24's.

MTO - ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 1(Antisub)S(H), 480(Antisub)G, ceases operating from Protville, Tunisia and returns to it's base at Port Lyautey, French Morocco with B-24's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-24's hit the marshalling yard at Pescara, Italy.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, B-17's of the XII BC hit Viterbo airfield and Salerno-Avellino road, while B-25's and B-26's bomb the airfields at Ciampino and Pratica di Mare; B-25's fire 75mm shells at small vessels and a lighthouse near Capraia and between Pianosa and Corsica; P-38's on detached service with the NATAF strafe 4 satellite airfields at Foggia and bomb roads, railroads, bridges, and towns in the battle area.

On the ground in Italy, US Seventh Army forces take Altavilla, Persano, and Battipaglia without opposition.

HQ 27FBG transfers from Sicily to Capaccio, Italy.

The detachments of the 27th, 71 and 94FSs, 1FG, operating from Dittaino, Gerbini, and Dittaino, Sicily respectively with P-38's return to their base at Mateur, Tunisia.

The 65FS, 57FG, transfers from Sicily to Rocco Bernardo, Italy with P-40's.

The 522d, 523and 524FBSs, 27FBG, transfer from Barcelona, Sicily to Capaccio, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-24's bomb the airfield and attack a phosphate plant and radio station on Nauru Island in the Gilbert Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's hit Tami Island in the Lae area; B-26's and RAAF airplanes bomb and strafe Finschhafen.

The 65TCS, 54TCW, based at Port Moresby begins operating from Tsili Tsili, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): The 21BS(H), 30BG(H), begins a movement from Shemya Island with B-24's to Smoky Hill AAFld, Kansas where it will be inactivated on 1Nov 43.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 20 B-24's, out of Funafuti Island in the Ellice Islands and Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands, bomb Tarawa Atoll and Abemama Island in the Gilbert Islands and obtain photo coverage of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll. 1 B-24 is lost to interceptors.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Missions 63 and 64: 2 airfields in France are targeted: 1. 18 of 72 B-26's hit Lille/Nord Airfield at 1139 hours; clouds prevent the 2nd group for bombing; 10 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 4 WIA.

2. 72 B-26's dispatched to Merville airfield are recalled due to weather.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 66th, 67th, 68th and 506BS(H), 44BG(H), based at Shipdham, England begin operating from Tunis, Tunisia with B-24's. The 564th, 566th and 567BS(H), 389BG(H), based at Hethel, England begin operating from Massicault, Tunisia with B-24's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, fighter-bombers of the XII Air Support Command and planes of other NATAF elements [US and RAF] concentrate on attacking roads and vehicles in the Benevento-Montesarchio-Contursi-Potenza-Avellino areas, and a railway station at Castelnuovo.

On the ground in Italy, the US Fifth Army gains firm control of the Salerno plain, while the British Eighth Army troops take Potenza and Auletta.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and USN dive bombers, covered by fighters, bomb Vila Airfield on Kolombangara Island and a causeway, enemy positions, and ammunition dump at Disappointment Cove on New Georgia Island. Other B-25's bomb and strafe barge centers at Ringa Cove and Webster Coves on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's and B-26's pound Finschhafen in preparation for Allied landings on 22 Sep. B-17's and B-24's bomb the airfield and surrounding area at Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island. B-24's and B-25's fly small strikes against Amboina Island in the Moluccas Islands, Selaroe Island in the Tanimbar Islands, and Penfoei on Timor Island.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-24's bomb Sagaing and Naba.

The 384BS (Dive), 311BG (Dive), arrives at Nawadih, India from the US with A-36's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 17 Oct.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 27 Japanese bombers and 20 fighters attack the airfield at Kunming, China; 24 P-40's and 3 P-38's intercept, claiming 17 airplanes shot down; 1US fighter is lost; damage to the airfield is negligible.

The 16FS, 51FG, transfers from Kweilin to Hengyang, China with P-40's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 98th and 376BGS(H), based in Libya, along with the 43Service Group and several military police and engineer units, are to be transferred to the 12AF, effective on the date they transfer to Tunisia. The IX BC makes its last raid on Italy. B-24's of 98th and 376BGS(H) are dispatched to the Castelfranco Veneto marshalling yard. Clouds obscure the target, but the 98th Group drops bomBSon the estimated time of arrival. The 376th bombs a marshalling yard and airfield at Pescara during the return trip.

The 565BS(H), 389BG(H), based at Hethel, England begins operating from Massicault, Tunisia with B-24's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's and B-26's bomb the Castelnuovo road junction, the town of Formia, the Torre Annunziata area roads, and roads and railroad SW of Sarno; XII Air Support Command A-36's attack and disperse enemy tank and troop concentrations forming near Nocera for a counterattack. Other AAF and RAF aircraft of the NATAF hit enemy movement in the Avellino-Naples-Potenza-Benevento-Calabritto-Pomigliano-Pescopagano areas.

On the ground in Italy, the US Seventh Army starts into the mountains N of Salerno.

HQ 31FG and it's 308FS transfer from Milazzo, Sicily to Montecorvino, Italy with Spitfires.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, First Lieutenant Henry Meigs II (of the 6NFS), flying a P-38 against Japanese night attackers over Bougainville Island, shoots down 2 aircraft within 60 seconds.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's and B-17's hit roads from Kaiapit to Madang, destroying 3 key bridges; P-39's strafe and dive-bomb the Bogadjim-Yaula area; and B-24's bomb Wewak and Boram airfields. B-25's hit Penfoei on Timor Island.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 8 B-25's and 8 P-40's attack railroad yards and warehouses at Chiuchiang, China, causing considerable destruction.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 65: 44 of 73 B-26's hit the Beauvais/Tille Airfield in France at 0937-0938 hours; bad weather causes 20+ to abort; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-26 is lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 12 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 4 WIA and 7 MIA.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): HQ IX Fighter Command at Tripoli, Libya closes.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's hit a bridge and the town area at Benevento; B-25's and B-26's hit landing craft and a ferry near Elba Island and bridges at Cancello Arnone and Capua; B-24's on detached service from the 8AF bomb Leghorn and Bastia; medium bombers and fighter-bombers of the NATBF and XII Air Support Command hit town areas, troop concentrations, trucks and tanks, and targets of opportunity in the Solofra-Avellino-Benevento areas.

HQ 98BG(H) transfers from Benina, Libya to Hergla, Tunisia.

The 307th and 309FSs, 31FG, transfer from Milazzo, Sicily to Montecorvino, Italy with Spitfires.

The 416NPS, 12AF, transfers from Bizerte, Tunisia to Catania, Sicily with Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 20+ B-24's bomb the runway and revetment area at the airfield on Buka Island. About 20 Japanese fighters intercept; 2 Zekes are shot down.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's, B-26's, and RAAF aircraft hit Tami Island and pound Finschhafen in preparation for the Allied amphibious assault on the following day; B-25's bomb and strafe the Bogadjim area and Langgoer. On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-24's hit Cape Gloucester and a freighter near Talasea; A-20's and RAAF aircraft bomb Gasmata Island off New Britain Island.

The 70TCS, 433TCG, transfers from Townsville, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-25's attack the Ye-u branch line railroad bridge over the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa. Negligible damage is done to the target.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 66: 2 airfields in France are targeted: 1. 72 B-26's are dispatched to Beauvais/Tille Airfield but abort due to bad weather. 2. 70 of 72 B-26's hit Evreux/Fauville Airfield at 1612 & 1614 hours; no losses or casualties. 240 P-27's sweep over NE France and Belgium and claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; casualties are 1 MIA; and 155 P-47's sweep over N Belgium and Dutch Islands.

VIII BC Mission 99: 5 B-17's of the 422BS(H), 305BG(H), join the RAF in a night attack on Hannover, Germany at 2143-2209 hours; there are no losses or casualties.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The 9AF flies its final Mission from Africa. B-24's bomb Maritsa Airfield on Rhodes and Eleusis Airfield in Greece. The bomb groups of IX BC subsequently are transferred to the 12AF.

HQ IX Fighter Command begins a movement from Tripoli, Libya to Middle Wallop, England.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-25's and B-26's bomb roads, railroad, and bridges at or near San Martino Sannita, Grottaminarda, Amorosi, and Mignano; B-25's on detached service to the NATAF attack small vessels near Elba Island with 75mm cannon; NATBF and XII Air Support Command airplanes hit troop concentrations and gun positions near Serino and Santa Lucia di Serino, road block at Nocera, town and roads at Fisciano, the town of Pagani, tanks and trucks between Acerno and Montella and in the Foggia area, vessels and docks at Manfredonia, the town of Camarella, and the landing ground at Capua.

HQ 86FBG transfers from Barcellona, Sicily to Sele Airfield, Italy.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, after a preparatory naval bombardment, elements of the Australian 9 Division land at the mouth of the Song River N of Finschhafen and push to the S; B-25's pound defenses in the Finschhafen area; almost 90 fighters battle Japanese aircraft attacking the convoy; 38 enemy aircraft are claimed shot down. A-20's and B-25's hit the Lae area. B-24's and B-25's bomb the airfield on Gasmata Island off New Britain Island; and B-24 hit Amboina Island in the Moluccas Islands.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): Admiral Thomas C Kinkaid issues Operations Plan (Op Plan) 9-43 which reorganizes the Alaskan Army and Navy air strength. The Commanding General 11AF becomes Commander of Task Force 90 (TF 90), composed of Task Group 90.1(TG 90.1), designated the Air Striking Unit (comprising 16 medium bombers, 12 heavy bombers, 100 fighters) and of TG 90.2, designated the Air Search Group, a Navy air arm.

For operations, the 11AF is now under the jurisdiction of Commander Northern Pacific (COMNORPAC) Forces. There is no administrative change.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 100: 3 locations in France are targeted.

1. 46 of 117 B-17's hit the Nantes port area at 0813-0818 hours; they claim 22-1-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are damaged beyond repair and 41 are damaged; casualties are 13 KIA and 11 WIA.

2. 55 of 67 B-17's hit Vannes/Meucon Airfield at 0825-0826 hours; 7 B-17's are damaged.

3. 53 of 63 B-17's hit Kerlin/Bastard Airfield at 0814-0818 hours; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 10 damaged; casualties are 10 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 101: 80 of 91 B-17's hit the port area at Nantes (61 aircraft) at 1810-1815 and Rennes/St Jacques Airfield (19 aircraft) at 1834 hours; 2 B-17's are lost, 12 damaged beyond repair and 6 damaged; casualties are 12 WIA and 20 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 102: 4 of 5 B-17's of the 422BS(H), 305BG(H), hit Mannheim at 2211-2222 hours with the RAF in a night attack; 1 B-17 is damaged.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-26's bomb bridges at Cancello Arnone and 3 miles (4.8 km) NE of Capua; planes of the NATBF and XII Air Support Command attack motor transport, roads, railroads, town areas, gun positions, and targets of opportunity in the areas of San Severino Rota, Avellino, Sarno, Torre Annunziata, Aversa, Nocera, Resina, Serino, Pompeii, and Camarella.

The 525FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Barcelona, Sicily to Sele Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 23 B-24's, 16 P-38's, and 60+ USN dive bombers, covered by AAF, USMC, USN, and Royal New Zealand AF (RNZAF) fighters, attack Kahili on Bougainville Island; Allied aircraft claim at least 9 fighters shot down. 21 B-24's bomb area from Stanmore Plantation to the mouth of the Vila River on Kolombangara Island. P-39's strafe 2 barges, at Sasamunga and Malanono, leaving both aflame.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb and strafe villages in the upper Markham River Valley of New Guinea. P-40's bomb Gasmata Island off New Britain Island.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Missions 69 & 70: 2 airfields in France are targeted.

1. 71 of 72 B-26's hit Evreux/Fauville Airfield at 1150 hours; they claim 0-1-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-26's are damaged.

2. 66 of 72 B-26's hit Beauvais/Tille Airfield at 1602-1603 hours; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 17 B-26's are damaged.

HQ 20CBW(H) transfers from Horsham St Faith to Hethel, England.

HQ 386BG(M) and it's 552d, 553d, 554th and 555BS(M) transfer from Boxted to Great Dunmow, England with B-26's.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, B-25's and B-26's of the XII BC hit roads, railways, bridges, and junctions at Grottaminarda, Maddaloni, Benevento, Avellino, Capua, Cancello Arnone, Amorosi, Ponte, and Mignano, and attack a destroyer between Corsica and Elba Island; B-24's on detached service from the 8AF bomb the marshalling yard at Pisa; US and RAF planes of the NATBF, XII Air Support Command, and other elements of the NATAF attack vehicles, roads, troop concentrations, and gun positions around Santa Lucia di Serino, Serino, Caserta, Benevento, Camarella, Baronissi, Nocera, Montemarano, and San Severo.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 84th and 85BS(L) transfer from Gerbini, Sicily to Grottaglie, Italy with A-20's.

The 344BS(H), 98BG(H), transfers from Lete, Libya to Hergla, Tunisia with B-24's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's fly a small strike against Sorong and Manokwari, New Guinea.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 436BS(H), 7BG(H), transfers from Bishnupur, India to Panagarh, India with B-24's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Mission 71: 68 of 72 B-26's hit St Omer/Longuenesse Airfield at 1717-1718 hours; 4 B-26's are damaged.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, about 90 B-17's of the XII BC hit the Bologna marshalling yard; 14 others hit the Bolzano railroad bridge; B-25's and B-26's bomb airfields at Pisa, Lucca, and Bastia/Borgo, a highway at Mignano, a road junction at Maddaloni, and railroad and road bridges at Cancello Amone, Caiazzo, and Ponte; US and RAF aircraft of the NATBF, XII Air Support Command, and RAF DAF hit Serino (causing a roadblock), troop concentrations at Sarno, gun positions, troops, and vehicles near Nocera, Aquino airfield, a storage dump N of Foggia and a dredger at Termoli.

HQ 57FG and it's 64th, 65th and 66FSs transfer from Rocco Bernardo to Gioia Airfield, Italy with P-40's.

The 343BS(H), 98BG(H), transfers from Lete, Libya to Hergla, Tunisia with B-24's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's join USN TBF's and SBD's in pounding gun positions in the areas around Vila airfield on Kolombangara Island and Disappointment Cove on New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, nearly 40 B-17's, B-24's, and B-25's bomb installations and supply lines from Bogadjim to villages on the Ramu and Markham Rivers; A-20's and RAAF airplanes pound positions near Finschhafen as the Australian 9 Division, having crossed the Buni River the previous day, pushes S toward the town.

B-25's bomb and strafe AA positions at Rein Bay on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The 66TCS, 54TCW, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 103. Today's targets are in France with 1 B-17 lost.

1. 40 of 84 B-17's hit Reims/Champagne Airfield at 1751-1752 hours; 2 B-17's are damaged beyond repair; 21are damaged; casualties are 20 KIA.

2. 55 B-17's dispatched to the Paris area abandon the mission after crossing the enemy coast; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair, and 8 are damaged.

3. 63 B-17's dispatched to Meulon Les Mureaux and Citroen in the Paris area are prevented from bombing by the weather.

4. 37 B-24's fly a diversion.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 72: 72 B-26's are dispatched to Conches Airfield in France; they are recalled due to weather.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, fighters, and light and medium bombers of the XII Air Support Command, NATBF, and RAF DAF patrol the battle zone, escort convoys, carry out bombing and strafing sweeps against motor transport in the Benevento-Melfi area and N of Foggia, bomb the Pomigliano landing ground, and hit the town of Sarno and military concentrations to the N. Bad weather prevents XII BC heavy bomber mission s.

HQ 376BG(H) and it's 512th, 513th, 514th and 515BS(H) transfer from Bengasi, Libya to Enfidaville, Tunisia with B-24's.

The 16RS (Bomber), 68RG, transfers from Berteaux, Algeria to Foch Field, Tunisia. This squadron transitions for fighters to B-17's and serves as a radar detection and countermeasures unit until Sep 44.

The 345th and 415BS(H), 98BG(H), transfer from Benina, Libya to Hergla, Tunisia with B-24's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 21 B-24's, covered by 14 P-38's, bomb a bivouac near Kahili; 30 P-40's and P-39's and 15 USN F4U's support 50+ USN dive bombers in a strike on the hangar area of the airfield at Kahili and gun positions at Kangu Hill and Jakohina.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's bomb But and Dagua Airfields; P-38's claim 9 enemy fighters shot down in the But-Dagua-Wewak areas; other B-24's hit Nubia and Potsdam Plantations.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 1943

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 104: The port of Emden, Germany is the target. 2 of 3 H2S equipped pathfinder B-17's of the 482BG (Pathfinder) lead the mission . This is the first Pathfinder (PFF) mission.

1. 246 of 308 B-17's hit the Emden industrial area and targets of opportunity at 0958-1008 hours; they claim 32-7-24 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 78 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 18 WIA and 71 MIA. This mission is escorted by 262 P-47's which claim 21-2-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

2. 24 B-24's fly a diversion.

VIII BC Mission 105: 4 of 5 B-17's of the 422BS(H), 305BG(H), hit Hannover at 2208-2217 hours in a night raid with the RAF; 1 B-17 is lost; casualties are 10 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Missions 73 & 74: 2 airfields in France are targeted.

1. 65 of 72 B-26's hit Beauvais/Tille airfield at 1044-1045 hours; they claim 4-6-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-26 is damaged beyond repair and 23 damaged; casualties are 4 MIA.

2. 68 of 72 B-26's hit Conches Airfield at 1729 hours; 1 B-26 is lost and 4 damaged; casualties are 6 MIA.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, weather almost halts 12AF operations; XII Air Support Command fighters strafe Viterbo Airfield and Bracciano seaplane base, bomb a road junction at San Servero, and strafe a locomotive and the train station; other NATAF airplanes hit trucks in the Benevento area.

The 86th and 97BS(L), 47BG(L), transfer from Gerbini, Sicily to Grottaglie, Italy with A-20's.

The 416NPS, 12AF, transfers from Catania, Sicily to Lecce, Italy with Beaufighters. The squadron is attached to the RAF's No. 286 Wing until Jan 44.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 27 B-24's, 20+ P-40's and P-39's, and several USN fighters pound the Kahili area on Bougainville Island. P-39's over Choiseul Island strafe (and explode) 3 barges off Wogai Point, and strafe 2 others off Bambatana, leaving 1ablaze.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 117 B-24's and B-25's, escorted by 129 P-38's and P-40's, attack airfields and shipping in the Wewak area; about 40 aircraft are destroyed on the ground and 8 are claimed shot down in combat; the bombers claim 10 ships (totaling about 28,000 tons), 11luggers, and a launch sunk; Finschhafen is bombed twice during the day.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 1943

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, weather prevents completion of XII BC B-17 missions against the Bologna marshalling yard and the Bolzano railroad bridge, except for 1heavy bomber which bombs Bolzano; tactical aircraft operations are also severely curtailed by weather; fighter-bombers bomb and strafe motor transport in the Benevento-Caserta area.

On the ground in Italy, the US Fifth Army is ready for an assault on Naples and Avellino. Caistellamare di Stabia, Nocera, and Sala Consilina are taken.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): 5 B-24 snoopers attack a convoy in N Solomons waters and claim several damaging hits. The convoy reverses its course.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, the Wewak area is again hit, the 40 attacking B-24's being escorted by 29 P-38's which claim 8 fighters shot down; A-20's and RAAF Vengeances attack the Finschhafen and Lae area; B-24's and P-39's hit a road near Bogadjim.

The 21TCS, 374TCG, transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Archerfield, Queensland, Australia with C-47's. The 39TCS, 317TCG, transfers from Archerfield to Port Moresby with C-47's.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In Burma, 9 B-24's bomb Myitkyina and Sadon during routine ferry trips over the Hump.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-25's and B-26's bomb bridges at or near Piana, Castelvenere, Amorosi, and Cancello Amone; P-38's bomb Ausonia defile and a bridge near San Apollinare; US and RAF tactical aircraft hit the town of San Giorgio del Sannio and roads in the area S of Benevento.

On the ground in Italy, the US Fifth Army opens an attack on Avellino during the night of 29/30 Sep. General Dwight D Eisenhower and Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign the Italian surrender document on the battleship HMS Nelson off Malta.

HQ 51TCW transfers from Gela to Catania, Sicily.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Choiseul Island in the Solomon Islands, P-40's, P-38's, and P-39's join USN fighters in supporting a strike by USN dive bombers on a barge depot at Kakasa; other P-40's strafe and set afire a barge off Sambi Point.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's on armed reconnaissance attack scattered shipping in the Netherlands East Indies and Solomon and Bismarck Seas.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 10(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, ceases flying ASW patrols from Galveston, Texas with B-25's. The squadron will be redesignated 867BS(H) and will transfer to the Central Pacific with B-24's in Jun 44.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): HQ 37FG transfers from Albrook Field to Howard Field, Canal Zone.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 311BG (Dive) is redesignated 311FBG. The 385BS(Dive) is disbanded at Nawadih, India; the 382d, 383and 384BSs (Dive) are redesignated 528th, 529th and 530th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 2 B-25's and 4 P-40's claim heavy damage to a gunboat at Ft Bayard, China.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC P-38's, B-25's, and B-26's bomb road and rail and road bridges at Ausonia, Piana, Castelvenere, Amorosi, and Capua, and carry out sweeps from Bastia to Elba Island; 7 B-25's hit Benevento and surrounding rail and road communications; XII Air Support Command fighter-bombers carry out strafing and bombing missions N and NE of Naples as Avellino falls to the US 3d Division.

The 8TCS, 62TCG, transfers from Gela to Ponte Olivo, Sicily with C-47's. The detachment of the 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, operating from San Antonio, Sicily with P-51's transfers to Capaccio, Italy.

The 416NPS, 12AF, transfers from Lecce to Grottaglie, Italy with Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 16 B-24's, covered by 20+ P-38's and P-40's and a few USN F4U's, pound the Kahili airfield area on Bougainville Island, hitting a supply and bivouac area NE of the strip. 6 B-25's bomb Kakasa on Choiseul Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's and B-25's fly light raids against Boela on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands; Sorong, New Guinea; and Manatuto on Timor Island.

HQ 317TCG transfers from Townsville, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.

OCTOBER 1943

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 1 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The detachment of the 15(Anti-sub)S(H), 26(Anti-sub)W, operating from Batista Field, Cuba with B-24's, returns to its base at Jacksonville AAFld, Florida.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 10BS(M), transfers from Edinburgh Field to Waller Field, Trinidad, British West Indies with B-25's; a detachment of the squadron is still operating from Port of Spain, Trinidad.

During October, HQ 6BG(H) transfers from Albrook Field to Howard Field, Canal Zone.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): During Oct, HQ 80FG and it's 88FS transfer from Karachi to Nagaghuli and Mokelbari, India respectively with P-40's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 21 B-24's, supported by 21 fighters, bomb a power plant, the warehouse and dock area at Haiphong, French Indochina. 40-65 fighters intercept, shooting down 2 US aircraft; 30 fighters are claimed destroyed by the Fourteenth in the air battle.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): A report by the intelligence section of the 8AF shows that despite recent efforts of the Allies to destroy the German aircraft industry, fighter production has expanded greatly and enemy fighter strength on the Western Front has increased.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In the first half of October, HQ 9AF and HQ IX BC begin a movement to England from Egypt and Libya.

MTO - WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN (12AF): In Italy, XII BC B-26's hit communications targets in the Capua, Grazzanise, Arce, and Mignano areas. B-24's, including heavy bombers on detached service from the 8AF, bomb Wiener-Neustadt, Austria; B-17's, sent against an airplane factory at Augsburg, Germany, fail to locate the target, and bomb several alternate targets and targets of opportunity in Austria, Italy, and off Corsica and Elba Island, Italy. In Italy, Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) and XII Air Support Command medium and light bombers, and fighter-bombers hit the Benevento town area and marshalling yard, the bridge at Capua, and motor transport, trains, and railroads mainly in the Isernia area and N to Avezzano. The British King's Dragoon Guards (with the US Fifth Army) occupy Naples. British Eighth Army troops occupy Foggia airfields.

HQ 57FG and it's 66FS transfer from Gioia Airfield to Foggia, Italy with P-40's.

The 15BS(L), and 311BS(Dive), 12AF, are disbanded at Nouvion, Algeria and Gela, Sicily respectively.

A detachment of the 515BS(H), 376BG(H) based at Enfidaville, Tunisia with B-24's, begins operating from Bengasi, Libya.

During October, HQ 63FW transfers from Rerhaia, Algeria to Bastia, Corsica; HQ 68RG transfers from Berteaux, Algeria to Massicault, Tunisia; the 37TCS, 316TCG, transfers from Egypt to El Aouina, Tunisia with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 24 B-24's bomb a supply and bivouac area N of Vila airfield on Kolombangara Island. B-25's and P-38's join USN (USN) dive bombers in a strike on a barge depot at Kakasa on Choiseul Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A-20's and (RAAF) aircraft bomb and strafe the Finschhafen, New Guinea area as the Australian 9 Division pours more troops into the assault on the town. B-25's strafe a power boat near Gasmata Island off New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 2 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 5 P-40's dive-bomb and strafe Yangtze River shipping in the Chiuchiang, China area. Strafing damages several small craft.

HQ 51FG transfers from Dinjan, India to Kunming, China and is reassigned from the 10AF to 14AF.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 106: 349 B-17's are dispatched to the industrial area of Emden, Germany; led by 2 B-17 pathfinders, 339 hit the target at 1557-1603 hours; they claim 15-6-12 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost and 34 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 21 MIA. The B-17's are escorted by 227 P-47's who claim 5-3-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is damaged. In addition to the above, 21 B-24's are dispatched to Woensdrecht Airfield, The Netherlands; the target is obscured by clouds and the mission is aborted.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 75: 72 B-26's are dispatched to the St Omer/Longuenesse Airfield in France; because of cloud cover, only 6 hit the target at 1715 hours; the remainder refrain from bombing because the target is in occupied territory; 12 B-26's are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 4 WIA.

VIII BC Mission 107: 2 B-17's join the RAF: in a night Mission to Munich; no losses or casualties.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Brigadier General Gordon P Saville becomes Commanding General, XII Fighter Command. Weather curtails operations. In Italy, fighter-bombers of the XII Air Support Command attack motor transport, roads, and bridges during armed reconnaissance missions from the Volturno Valley N to Isernia and W to Benevento.

The 64th and 65FSs, 57FG, transfer from Rocco Bernardo to Foggia, Italy with P-40's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): 6 B-25's join USN dive bombers in attacking Hamberi Cove barge hideout near Vila on Kolombangara Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island, B-25's strafe villages in the Talasea area and barges off Gasmata Island; B-26's bomb Hoskins Airfield; and a B-24 bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield. Other B-24's bomb Amboina Island in the Moluccas Islands. Australian forces take the town and harbor of Finschhafen and prepare to take nearby commanding positions still held by the Japanese.

The 6TCS transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Garbutt Field, Townsville, Queensland, Australia with C-47's.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 3 OCTOBER 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 P-40's damage a 250-ft (76.2 m): vessel on the Yangtze River near Chiuchiang; 4 P-38's bomb Chiuchiang docks; 6 B-24's damage a 100-ft (30.5 m) coastal freighter off Tonkon Point on Hainan Island.

A detachment of the 76FS, 23FG, based at Hengyang, China begins operating from Suichwan, China with P-40's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII Air Support Command Missions 76, 77 and 78: 1. 36 B-26's are dispatched to the Lille/Vendeveille Airfield in France but weather prevents their hitting the target.

2. 131 of 144 B-26's dispatched to Amsterdam/Schiphol (71 aircraft), Woensdrecht (34 aircraft) and Haamstede (26 aircraft) Airfields in the Netherlands hit their targets at 1120-1136 hours; 47 B-26's are damaged.

3. 72 B-26's are dispatched to Beauvais/Tille Airfield, France; 63 hit the target at 1724-1727 hours; 1 B-26 is lost and 27 damaged. Total casualties for all missions are 5 WIA.

The 153Liaison Squadron, 67OG, transfers from Keevil to Membury, England with A-20's and L-4's.

The 328th, 329th, 330th and 409BS(H), 93BG(H), cease operating from Oudna, Tunisia and return to their base at Hardwick, England with B-24's.

The 564th, 565th, 566th and 567BS(H), 389BG(H), cease operating from Massicault, Tunisia and return to their base at Hethel, England with B-24's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC B-26's, B-25's, and P-38's bomb railroad, highway, and pontoon bridges, an overpass, and road junction at Capua, Castel Volturno, Piana, Arce, Mignano, and Isernia; P-38's also hit shipping between Corsica and Italy. XII BC fighter-bombers hit motor transport in the battle area as US Fifth Army troops take Benevento.

HQ 82FG and it's 95th, 96th and 97FSs transfer from Grombalia, Tunisia to San Pancrazio, Italy with P-38's.

HQ 313TCG and it's 29TCS transfer from Sciacca to Trapani/Milo Airfield, Sicily with C-47's.

HQ 321BG(M) and it's 445th, 446th and 447BS(M) transfer from Soliman, Tunisia to Grottaglie, Italy with B-25's.

HQ 324FG and it's 314th, 315th and 316FSs transfer from El Haouaria to Menzel Heurr, Tunisia with P-40's. These units have been regrouping since Jul 43.

Detachments of the 512th, 513th and 514BS(H), 376BG(H), based at Enfidaville, Tunisia begin operating from Bengasi, Libya with B-24's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): P-39's strafe several barges W of Choiseul Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's continue to hit barges along the W coast of New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The 431FS, 475FG, ceases operating from Port Moresby and returns to it's base at Dobodura, New Guinea with P-38's.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 4 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 17 Japanese bombers and 25 Zekes attack Kweilin Airfield, China. The bombs, dropped from 20,000 feet (6,096 m), fail to hit the target. AAF fighters fail to make effective contact with the force.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 108: 4 targets in Germany and a diversion are flown. 12 B-17's and 4 B-24's are lost.

1. 104 B-17's are dispatched to the Wiesbaden industrial area; 15 aircraft hit Wiesbaden and 77 hit the industrial area at Frankfurt at 1059-1105 hours; they claim 19-3-15 Luftwaffe aircraft; 5 B-17's are lost and 45 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 8 WIA and 40 MIA.

2. 37 of 51 B-17's dispatched to Frankfurt hit the target at 1110-1111 hours; they claim 18-8-22 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's are lost and 35 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 2 WIA and 30 MIA.

3. 115 B-17's are dispatched to the Saarlautern industrial area; 67 hit Saarlautern and 38 hit St Dizier/Robinson Airfield in France at 1136-1148 hours; they claim 37-7-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost, 4 are damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; casualties are 6 WIA and 29 MIA.

4. 47 of 53 B-17's dispatched hit Sarreguemnines and Saarbrucken marshalling yards at 1133-1139 hours; 2 B-17's are damaged; no casualties.

5. 38 B-24's fly a diversion; they claim 13-6-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-24's are lost and 19 damaged; casualties are 11 WIA and 43 MIA.

These missions are escorted by 223 P-47's; they claim 19-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is damaged beyond repair and 15 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 79: 25 B-26's are dispatched to Beauvais/Nivilliers and Evreux/Fauville Airfield in France; they return to base without bombing.

VIII BC Mission 109: 4 B-17's drop 240,352 leaflets over Paris between 2257-2307 hours.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, 100+ XII BC B-17's bomb the Pisa marshalling yard and Bolzano bridges; B-25's and B-26's attack the airfield at Argos, road defiles at Terracina and Isernia, a highway overpass at Mignano, and shipping at Bastia; NATBF aircraft hit road and rail junctions on the main road N from Capua; XII Air Support Command fighter-bombers hit trains, roads, railroads, and vehicles near Isernia, Avezzano, Pescara, and Isolella. The Allies now have complete control of Corsica.

The 5(Photo)S(L), 12AF, based at La Marsa, Tunisia begins operating from Pontecagnano, Italy with F-5's.

The 87FS, 79FG, transfers from Crotone to Salsola, Italy with P-40's.

The 94FS, 1FG, based at Mateur, Tunisia sends a detachment to Gambut, Libya with P-38's.

The 448BS(M), 321BG(M), transfers from Soliman, Tunisia to Grottaglie, Italy with B-25's.

"A" Flight of the 15(Photo)S(H), 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, based at La Marsa, Tunisia sends a detachment to Grottaglie, Italy with B-17's and F-5's. "B" and "C" Flights are still in the US.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 23 B-24's, covered by 16 P-38's and several USN F4U's, bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island; 20-30 fighters intercept, and a running battle occurs between Bougainville and Vella Lavella Island; US fighters and bombers claim 9 fighters downed; no American losses are suffered. 4 P-39's and 4 F4U's sink 18 barges in a strike along the W coast of Choiseul Island. The P-39's are especially effective because of their nose cannon.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb and strafe barges, small craft, and villages on Vitu Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The 22TCS, 374TCG, transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Garbutt Field, Townsville, Queensland, Australia with C-47's.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): HQ 25BG(M) transfers from Ft. Amsterdam, Curacao to Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, a few B-25's and P-40's attack a foundry at Shihhweiyao; damaging hits are scored on a barrack, on AA positions, blast furnaces, hoppers, and a steam plant. 10 USAAF fighters intercept a force of about 50 Zekes W of Kweilin, shoot down 1 enemy fighter; the enemy force turns back.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 356FG transfers from Goxhill to Martlesham, England.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Lieutenant General James H Doolittle assumes command of the 12AF during the absence of General Carl Spaatz. In Italy, XII BC B-17's hit the Bologna marshalling yard; B-25's and B-26's bomb the Formia road, a road loop N of Mignano, and Isernia chokepoint; NATBF, XII Air Support Command, and RAF Desert AF (DAF) aircraft bomb numerous targets in and N of the battle area, including heavy traffic in the Isernia area, gasoline dumps at Alfedena, trains at Termoli, and towns of Venafro and Isolella.

The 15TCS, 61TCG, transfers from Licata to Sciacca, Sicily with C-47's.

The 27th and 71FSs, 1FG, based at Mateur, Tunisia send detachments to Gambut, Libya with P-38's.

The 85th and 86FSs, 79FG, transfer from Crotone to Salsola, Italy with P-40's.

The 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, transfers from Sele to Pomigliano, Italy with P-51's. A detachment of the squadron is operating from Capaccio, Italy.

The 526FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Sele Airfield to Seretella Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's carry out a coastal sweep W to Madang, bombing and strafing villages and barges; B-17's hit the Bogadjim Road and jetties at Erima; and B-24's bomb the Babo area.

HQ 35FG transfers from Tsili Tsili to Nadzab, New Guinea.

The 33TCS, 374TCG, transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Garbutt Field, Townsville, Queensland Australia with C-47's.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 6 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 P-40's from Suichwan intercept an attacking force of 27 bombers and 21Zekes; 1bomber and 1 fighter are shot down, and the attackers retire in the direction of Canton without dropping their bombs.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's bomb the Mestre marshalling yard while B-26's hit a highway chokepoint at Isernia, the highway at Mignano, and road junction at Formia; P-38's strafe Araxos Airfield in Greece; NATBF planes on roadblocking missions hit targets at Teano, at Alfedena, between Cassino and Capua, and near Sessa Aurunca; XII Air Support Command P-40's and A-36's attack roads and vehicles N of the US Fifth Army battle zone and patrol the Naples area. The US Fifth Army reaches the S bank of the Volturno River; Capua falls to British units.

HQ 61TCG and it's 14TCS transfer from Licata to Sciacca, Sicily with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 8 P-39's and 8 USN F4U's strafe barges off the W coast of Choiseul Island. 24 B-25's and 14 P-38's carry out a low-level strike against Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island, damaging or destroying several parked aircraft.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's sweep along coastal areas of New Britain Island and through islands to the N and W, bombing and strafing targets of opportunity.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 7 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 14(Anti-sub)S(H), 25(Anti-sub)W, transfers from Otis Field, Massachusetts to Biggs Field, Texas and is transferred to the Second Air Force.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 35BS(M), 25BG(M), transfers from Zandery Field, Surinam to Vernam Field, Jamaica, British West Indies with B-25's. The detachment operating from Atkinson Field, British Guiana also transfers to Vernam Field.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 4 B-25's attack a 2,500-ton freighter 100 miles (160 km) S of Amoy, China scoring 3 direct hits; the vessel is left burning and listing. 9 B-24's and 22 fighters hit a cement plant at Haiphong, French Indochina causing heavy damage to the kiln building.

The 26FS, 51FG, transfers from Dinjan, India to Kunming, China with P-40's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 110. During the night of 7/8 Oct, 4 B-17's drop 240,352 leaflets over Paris at 2257-2307 hours; no losses or casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 434TCG and it's 71, 72d, 73and 74TCSs arrive at Fulbeck, England from the US with C-47's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Bad weather cancels many operations. In Italy, NATBF medium and light bombers strike roads, railway, junction, and town areas in the Capua and Guglionesi regions. RAF DAF fighter-bombers hit trucks in the Termoli-Vasto areas.

HQ 57BW transfers from Lentini, Sicily to Naples, Italy.

HQ 64FW transfers from Milazzo, Sicily to Frattamaggiore, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 72BS(H), 5BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's, begins operating from Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, a B-24 on patrol bombs Umboi Island, scoring damaging hits on several buildings.

HQ 374TCG transfers from Port Moresby, New Guinea to Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 8 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 9 B-24's, supported by 20 P-40's, bomb Gia Lam Airfield in French Indochina. While on ferry mission over the Hump, 3 B-24's bomb Tengchung, China scoring hits on warehouses, barracks, and a HQ area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 111.

4 locations in Germany are targetted. On this Mission the 8AFs uses, for the first time, airborne transmitters (Carpet equipment) to jam German radar. 30 bombers and 3 fighters are lost.

1. 105 of 118 B-17's dispatched to the shipyard at Breman hit the target at 1505-1513 hours; they claim 42-2-28 Luftwaffe aircraft; 9 B-17's are lost and 61 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 18 WIA and 90 MIA.

2. 53 of 56 B-17's dispatched to the industrial area at Breman hit the target at 1512-1513 hours; they claim 24-7-17 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 44 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 12 WIA and 41 MIA.

3. 43 of 55 B-24's dispatched to the U-boat yards at Vegesack hit the target at 1622-1624 hours; they claim 17-1-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-24's are lost and 21 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 5 WIA and 30 MIA.

4. 156 of 170 B-17's dispatched to the city of Bremen hit the target and targets of opportunity at 1505-1527 hours; they claim 84-12-33 Luftwaffe aircraft; 14 B-17's are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 110 damaged; casualties are 21 WIA and 140 MIA. The B-17's are escorted by 274 P-47's; they claim 12-2-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 P-47's are lost and 5 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 3 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 80: 144 B-26's are dispatched to Lille/Vendeville and Chievres Airfields in France; the mission is abandoned due to thick haze and generally unsuitable weather; 4 B-26's are damaged.

VIII BC Mission 112: 2 B-17's drop 266,336 leaflets over Rennes at 0005-0011hours, 9 Oct 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Greece, XII BC B-24's bomb Tatoi and Eleusis Airfields at Athens, airfields at Kastelli and Heraklion Airfields on Crete, and Maritsa Airfield on Rhodes; B-25's also hit Eleusis airfield; P-38's fly convoy cover, patrols, and sweeps over the Aegean Sea. Weather prevents the XII Air Support

Command from operating. In Italy, the NATBF and RAF DAF hit a bridge at Minturno and a road junction and military concentration at Termoli.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): B-25's and P-40's sink a barge off the W coast of Choiseul Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): A single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs Cape Gloucester Airfield on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 9 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 12 Kuril-based Japanese bombers attack Attu Island.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 25(Anti-sub)S, 26(Anti-sub)W, transfers from Jacksonville AAFld, Florida to Clovis AAF, New Mexico and is reassigned to the Second AF. The squadron will be disbanded on 28 Oct 43.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 4 B-25's on a shipping sweep off the SE China coast in the Amoy-Quemoy area sink a 150-ft (45.7 m) tanker and damage a patrol vessel, and a freighter. 1 B-25 crashes into a hill and explodes. 10 P-40's bomb fuel storage and barracks at Mangshih, China; 1 P-40 is downed by ground fire.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 113.

2 targets in Germany and 2 in Poland are hit; 26 B-17's and 2 B-24's are lost.

1. 106 of 115 B-17's hit the industrial area in Anklam, Germany at 1142-1146 hours; they claim 65-19-47 Luftwaffe aircraft, 18 B-17's are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 51 damaged; casualties are 25 WIA and 185 MIA.

2. 96 of 100 B-17's hit the industrial area in Marienburg, Germany at 1253-1302 hours; they claim 9-2-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-17's are lost and 13 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 21 MIA.

3. 41 of 51 B-24's hit the U-boat yards at Danzig and the port area at Gdynia, Poland at 1305 hours; they claim 7-3-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 B-24's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 19 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 21 MIA.

4. 109 of 112 B-17's hit the port area at Gdynia, Poland at 1304-1324 hours; they claim 41-5-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 B-17's are lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 62 damaged; casualties are 6 WIA and 60 MIA.

VIII Air Support Command Mission 81: 66 of 72 B-26's bomb the Woensdrecht Airfield in the Netherlands at 1516-1526 hours; 26 B-26's are damaged. This is the final 8AF B-26 operation; the B-26's will be transfered to the 9AF.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): XII BC B-17's bomb airfields at Larissa, Athens and Salonika, Greece and Argos, Italy. B-24's hit Kastelli/Pediada Airfield on Crete. P-38's fly a sweep between the island of Corfu, Greece and Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia and escort shipping in the Karpathos Straits between Carpathos and Rhodes. In Italy, the XII Air Support Command does not operate, but the NATBF and RAF DAF hit traffic in the Termoli and Montenero areas, guns N of Capua, a HQ at Palata, and roads and railroads N of Naples.

HQ 79FG transfers from Crotone to Foggia, Italy.

The 66th, 67th, 68th and 506BS(H), 44BG(H), cease operating from Tunis, Tunisia and return to their base at Shipdham, England with B-24's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and P-40's hit barges and concentrations on W Choiseul

Island. P-39's and USN F4U's strafe buildings, a radar station, and gun positions at Poporang Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's and (RAAF) airplanes bomb and strafe defensive positions in the Sattelberg and Finschhafen areas. B-24's bomb Makassar on Celebes Island.

The 2BS(H), 22BG(M), transfers from Reid River, Australia to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-26's.

They re-entered combat on 5 Oct after R&R in Australia since Jan 43.

The 65TCS, 54th Troop Carrier Wing, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab, New Guinea. The squadron is operating from Tsili Tsili, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 10 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): 7 B-24's pound the Meza railroad bridge in Burma, destroying the 3 spans on the E end and dropping the end of a central span into the river.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 20 B-24's and 18 P-40's pound docks at Haiphong, French Indochina. In China, 8 P-40's bomb a match factory and ammunition dump at Tengchung; 8 others hit a supply dump and targets of opportunity in the Lungling area.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 114.

236 of 274 B-17's hit the railroads and waterways in and around Munster, Germany at 1503-1518 hours plus targets of opportunity at Coesfeld, Germany and Enschede Airfield in the Netherlands; they claim 183-21-51 Luftwaffe aircraft; 30 B-17's are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 102 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 18 WIA and 306 MIA. 39 B-24's fly a diversion without loss or casualties. The B-17's are escorted by 216 P-47's; they claim 19-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 2 damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged; casualties are 1 MIA.

The 360FS, 356FG, transfers from Goxhill to Martlesham, England with P-47's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 15 Oct.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-17's bomb 2 airfields at Athens, Greece while B-24's hit Maritsa Airfield on Rhodes and Calato and Heraklion Airfields on Crete. P-38's escort shipping off Rhodes, hit Antimachia Airfield in the Dodecanese Islands, and attack vessels in the harbors of Corfu, Greece and Kotor, Yugoslavia, and off Tivat, Yugoslavia and hit targets of opportunity in the Aegean Sea and along its E coastline.

In Italy, the NATBF and RAF DAF concentrate on gun positions on both the US Fifth and British Eighth Army battlefronts; vehicles, railroads, and town areas also are hit; the attacks take place NE of Capua, at Guglionesi, at Cassino and Mondragone, between Rome and Terracina, and around the Termoli-Isernia-Pescara areas.

HQ 82FG and it's 95th, 96th and 97FS transfer from San Pancrazio to Lecce, Italy with P-38's.

A detachment of the 380BS(M), 310BG(M), based at Menzel Temime, Tunisia with B-25's begins operating from Oudna, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 24 B-24's, 50+ P-38's, P-40's, and P-39's, and 50+ USN fighters and dive bombers pound Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and surrounding areas, hitting runways, a fuel dump, supply area, buildings, and Malabita Hill gun positions. US airplanes claim 15 interceptors shot down.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, A-20's, along with RAAF airplanes, again pound the Sattelberg area. During the night of 10/11Oct, B-25's hit Saumlakki on Tanimbar Island in the Moluccas Islands.

HQ 6(Photo)RG arrives at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from the US.

The ground echelon of the 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 4PRG, arrives at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from the US. The squadron is attached to the 6(Photo)RG and will be reassigned to the 6th on 5 Dec 43. The air echelon, with B-24's and F-7's, will remain in the US until 26 Jan 44.

The 70TCS, 433TCG, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 11 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): HQ 311FBG transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan, India.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 8 B-24's bomb the town areas of Tengchung, China, and Sadon and Myitkyina, Burma.

The 75FS, 23FG, transfers from Kunming to Kweilin, China with P-40's.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): XII BC B-25's bomb Garitsa Airfield, Greece and P-38's hit a vessel in the Corfu harbor on Corfu Island. In Italy, XII Air Support Command and NATBF operations are cancelled or aborted due to weather, but RAF DAF fighters hit trains, trucks, and gun positions near Montesilvano and Vasto.

The 381 and 428BS(M), 310BG(M), based at Menzel Temime, Tunisia with B-25's begin operating from Oudna, Tunisia.

Detachments of the 512th, 513th and 514BS(H), 376BG(H), which have been operating from Bengasi, Libya with B-24's, return to their base at Enfidaville, Tunisia.

The 527th and 528FBSs, 86FBG, transfer from Sele Airfield to Serretella Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 22 B-24's join 30+ USN dive bombers in pounding Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and the nearby area. Hits are scored on the airstrip, fuel dumps, supply areas, gun positions, bridges between Rangu and Jakohina, barges at the mouth of the Uguima River, and several other targets. The B-24's and the USN and AAF fighters covering the attack claim 12 Japanese airplanes downed.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-24's attack the towns of Manokwari, Bira, and Fak Fak and score hits on a small vessel at Fak Fak. During the night of 11/12 Oct, B-25's bomb Cape Chater Airfield and Lautem on Timor Island.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 12 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The detachments of the 10th and 35BS(M), 25BG(M), that have been operating from Port of Spain, Trinidad with B-25's since Aug 43 return to their base at Edinburgh Field, Trinidad and Vernam Field, Jamaica respectively.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 5 B-24's bomb the warehouse area and railroad yards at Myitkyina, Burma.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 359FS, 356FG, transfers from Goxhill to Martlesham, England with P-47's. The squadron will fly it's first combat mission on 15 Oct.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): XII BC operations are canceled by weather. In Italy, the XII Air Support Command and other Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) elements (NATBF and RAF DAF): operate on a reduced scale, hitting road junctions at Vasto and Fossacesia, Aquino Airfield, motor transport on the Itri-Pico road and on a road N of Rome in the Bolsena and Capranica areas, roads near Tarquinia, rail facilities at Cisterna di Latina, trains between Pescara and Benedello, and guns and troops near Cercemaggiore.

HQ 81FG and it's 91FS transfer from Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia to Castelvetrano, Sicily with P-39's.

HQ 86FBG and it's 526FBS, transfer from Sele Airfield to Serretella Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

The 86BS(L), 47BG(L), transfers from Grottaglie to Vincenzo Airfield, Italy with A-20's.

The detachment of the 94FS, 1FG, that has been operating from Gambut, Libya with P-38's since 4 Oct, returns to it's base at Mateur, Tunisia.

The detachment of the 515BS(H), 376BG(H), at Bengasi, Libya with B-24's since 1Oct, returns to it's base at Enfidaville, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 2 B-25's skip-bomb 2 small vessels in Matchin Bay on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): The Allied Air Force begins a major air offensive against Rabaul on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago with the aim of isolating and neutralizing it. Almost 350 B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, and RAAF airplanes pound the town, harbor, and airfields in the area; 50+ Japanese aircraft are destroyed, 3 ships are sunk and several damaged, and several small harbor craft are sunk. B-25's fly small strikes against targets on Timor Island and other areas of the Netherlands East Indies.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 11 P-40's unsuccessfully intercept 8 Japanese medium bombers attacking Massacre Bay and the nearby airfield on Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): Japanese fighters appear in strength over Sumprabum, Burma to attack over-the-Hump flights. The enemy evades US patrols and shoots down 3 transports. A fighter-bomber offensive against airfields in Burma from which fighters might operate against Hump transports opens with an attack by P-40's on Myitkyina.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 3 B-25's on a sea sweep off SE China hit shipping in Amoy harbor, claiming 1freighter sunk and another damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Italy declares war on Germany.

In Italy, XII BC B-25's and B-26's bomb the town of Alife, a road junction at Sessa Aurunca, and airfield at Tirana; XII Air Support Command, supplemented by RAF DAF fighters, supports the US Fifth Army, which begins an assault crossing of the Volturno River on a 40-mile (64 km) front during the night of 12/13 Oct. Fighters and fighter-bombers hit troop and tank concentrations, trains, trucks, and communications the lines in the forward areas, especially around Ortona, Giulianova, and Campobasso. NATBF light bombers join in the attacks, hitting road junctions in the Vairano, Carinola, Dragoni, Vasto, Terracina, and Minturno areas.

The 12(Photo)S(L), 3Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, transfers from Ariana to La Marsa, Tunisia with F-4's and F-5's.

The detachment of the 27FS, 1FG, operating from Gambut, Libya with P-38's since 5 Oct, returns to it's base at Mateur, Tunisia.

The 92FS, 81FG, transfers from Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia to Castelvetrano, Sicily with P-39's.

The 307FS, 31FG, transfers from Montecorvino to Pomigliano, Italy with Spitfires.

The 379BS(M), 310BG(M), based at Menzel Temime, Tunisia with B-25's, begins operating from Oudna, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, a detachment of the 17(Photo)S(L), 4(Photo)Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, based on Guadalcanal Island with F-5's, begins operating from Munda, New Georgia Island. The air echelons of "C" and "D" Flights are still in the US.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, 100+ B-24's and B-25's are sent against Rabaul; bad weather forces the bombers to turn back, but 40+ B-24's hit targets including Hoskins, Lindenhafen, Cape Gloucester and Gasmata Island off the south coast of New Britain Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 14 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 4 B-25's attack shipping in the Amoy area, damaging 2 freighters, and also bomb Amoy Airfield.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 115: 229 of 291 B-17's hit the city area and ball bearing plants at Schweinfurt, Germany in 2 group; the first group bombs at 1439-1445 hours, the second group at 1451-1457 hours; they claim 186-27-89 Luftwaffe aircraft; 60 B-17's are lost, 7 damaged beyond repair and 138 damaged; casualties are 5 KIA, 40 WIA and 594 MIA. The attack, which causes great damage and interference with production, results in German reorganization of the bearing industry. Fierce opposition of great numbers of fighters, many of them firing rockets, accounts for the 60 US aircraft shot down. As a result of these heavy losses, daylight bombing against strategic targets deep in Germany is discontinued for a short period.

Only 29 of 60 B-24's are able to form up in poor weather; they abandoned their planned Mission and fly a diversion towards Emden, Germany.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC B-25's hit Argos Airfield and B-17's bomb the Terni marshalling yard. Other B-17's and B-24's attack a bridge at Giulianova, the town area of Piano-Vomano and railroad and highway bridges N of Pescara and along the E coast of Italy. Weather hinders tactical aircraft operations, but the XII Air Support Command and RAF DAF hit trains and vehicles and fly patrols from N of the Volturno River to Formia and N of Pescara.

HQ 31FG and it's 308th and 309FSs transfer from Montecorvino to Pomigliano, Italy with Spitfires.

The 5(Photo)S(L), 12AF, based at La Marsa, Tunisia with F-5's transfers operations from Pontecagnano to Pomigliano, Italy.

The 111RS (Fighter), 68RG, ceases operating from Capaccio and returns to it's base at Pomigliano, Italy with P-51's.

The 525FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Sele Airfield to Serretella Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, a single B-24 on armed reconnaissance bombs 4 barges W of Taiof Island, leaving 1 sinking.

The 371BS(H), 307BG(H), ceases operating from Guadalcanal Island and returns to it's base on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 60+ medium bombers pound Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island and Alexishafen, New Guinea. 3 others fly harassing strikes against Dili and Lautem on Timor Island.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 15 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 25th and 26(Antisub)W's are disbanded at New York, New York and Miami, Florida.

The ground echelon of the 23(Anti-sub)S(H), 1BC, transfers from Drew Field, Tampa, Florida to Smoky Hill AAFld, Kansas where they will be disbanded on 6 Nov 43. The air echelon is based at Edinburgh Field, Trinidad with B-25's with a detachment operating from Zandery Field, Surinam.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 89FS, 80FG, transfers from Karachi to Gushkara, India with P-40's. A detachment will operate from Sadiya, India during Oct.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS: HQ U.S. Army AFs in United Kingdom (USAAFUK) is activated to exercise supervision over and provide coordination between the 8AF and 9AFs in the UK. Lieutenant General Ira C Eaker is appointed Commanding General in addition to his duties as Commanding General 8AF.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 55FG (38th, 338th and 343FSs), a much needed P-38 group group, becomes operational in the UK.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): B-25's of the XII BC hit airfields at Salonika and Megalo Mikra, Greece. In Italy, XII Air Support Command and other elements of NATAF hit roads, railroads, bridges, junctions, railway facilities, town areas, and motor transport at or near Piedimonte, Vairano, Termoli, Petacciato, Sparanise, and Civitanova, and hit gun positions and communications in the general battle area N of the Volturno River.

HQ 47BG(L) and it's 84th and 85BS(L) transfer from Gorttaglie to Vincenzo Airfield, Italy with A-20's.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 489BS(M) transfer from Catania, Sicily to San Pancrazio, Italy with B-25's.

The detachment of the 71FS, 1FG, operating from Gambut, Libya with P-38's returns to it's base at Mateur, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 21 B-24's, 12 P-38's, and 17 USN F4U's pound Kahili Airfield supply and personnel areas on Bougainville Island. 6 Zekes are claimed shot down. During the late evening B-25's bomb the airfield on Buka Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ P-38's and P-40's intercept around 100 Japanese aircraft attacking Allied shipping in Oro Bay; the US fighters claim 40+ shot down; 4 other P-40's, encountering 20+ Japanese airplanes E of Finschhafen, claim 5 destroyed; and 70+ medium bombers hit positions and villages from Sio to Saidor. 6 B-24's bomb Boela on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands.

HQ 22BG and it's 33and 408BS(M) transfer from Australia to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-25's; the 22 and 33transfer from Woodstock, Australia and the 408th from Reid River, Australia.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS: The Joint Chiefs of Staff send a proposed directive to General Dwight D Eisenhower, submitted by General Henry H "Hap" Arnold on 9 Oct, for the establishment of a new AF (the 15AF) in Italy to be used when needed as part of the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) against strategic targets in Germany.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): HQ 41BG(M) arrives at Hickam Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii from the US.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): Fighter patrols are increased from 4 to 8 aircraft with little effect on enemy marauders over the Hump. 3 A-36's fail to return from a mission over Sumprabum, Burma.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONSETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): In the United Kingdom, HQ 9AF is established at Sunninghill as a tactical AF with Lieutenant General Lewis H Brereton as Commanding General. The 3BombardmentWing at Marks Hall is transferred from the VIII Air Support Command, 8AF to the IX BC commanded by Major General Frederick L Anderson.

(HQ IX BC will not be established in England until Nov 43.) The four B-26 groups transferred are: 322BG(M) [449th, 450th, 451 and 452BS(M)]

323BG(M) [453d, 454th, 455th and 456BSS(M)]

387BG(M) [556th, 557th, 558th and 559BSS(M)]

388BG(M) [560th, 561, 562 and 563BS(M)]

The IX Troop Carrier Command is activated at Cottesmore with Brigadier General Benjamin F Giles as Commanding General; the 315TCG (34th and 43TCSs with C-47's) is transferred from from the 8AF; and the 434TCG and it's 71, 72d, 73and 74th TCSs that arrived on 9 Oct are also assigned. The IX Air Service Command is re-formed under Major General Henry J Miller.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): P-38's bomb a vessel in Leukas Channel off the W coast of Greece. In Italy, XII BC B-25's bomb the marshalling yard and rail lines, railroad tunnel, highway underpass, warehouses, industrial buildings, and gas works in or near Bologna; XII Air Support Command and other NATAF elements provide close support to the US Fifth and British Eighth Armies; fighters and light and medium bombers hit communications centers of Venafro, Vairano, Sparanise, Latina, Alife, and the town of Pietravairano; roads, railroads, and junctions in the areas SE of Rome to the bomb line, between Vasto and Pescara, and at Mondragone; gun positions, trucks, and military concentrations near Vinchiaturo, Boiano, and Termoli; landing ground of Cisterna di Latina; and several other targets in the area between Rome and Ancona.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 8 B-24's bomb Kara Airfield on Bougainville Island. 6 B-25's hit the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 60+ B-25's attack the Alexishafen area, hit coastal targets between Reiss Point and Sio, and bomb the airfield at Wewak. A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata Island off New Britain Island. A lone B-24 destroys a patrol craft between Hoskins and Rabaul on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 17 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 15(Anti-sub)S(H), Second AF, is transferred from Jacksonville AAFld, Florida to Wendover Field, Utah where it will be disbanded on 2 Nov 43.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): Heavy and medium bombers bomb Naba, Burma.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 7 B-24's bomb Htawgaw, Burma.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 50th Troop Carrier Wing arrives at Cottesmore, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Weather prevents operations by the XII BC. US and RAF units of NATAF operate at a reduced pace. In Italy, light and medium bombers hit the towns of Teano and Alife and motor transport at Benedello, Penna, and Pedesso; fighter-bombers bomb and strafe troops, trucks, guns, train stations, and a bridge near Vinchiaturo, Benedello, Teramo, and Sparanise; other fighters strafe locomotives S of Ancona.

The 97BS(L), 47BG(L), transfers from Grottaglie to Vincenzo Airfield, Italy with A-20's.

The 99FS, XII Air Support Command, transfers from Barcellona, Sicily to Foggia, Italy with P-40's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 18 A-20's and B-25's bomb and strafe Sattelberg and 7 B-25's hit Wewak and Boram Airfield with a low-level attack during which 15 aircraft are destroyed on the ground and 4 claimed shot down. 4 P-39's intercept 18 airplanes attacking Finschhafen, claiming 6 shot down. 40+ fighters intercept a large group of enemy aircraft attempting to attack Oro Bay; US fighters claim 24 shot down. 6 B-24's bomb Ternate Island in the Moluccas, a 2,200-mile (3,520 km) round trip.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 18 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): The 406BS(M), 4AF, departs Elmendorf Field, Anchorage for the US. The squadron will transition from B-25's to B-24's and arrive in England on 2 Nov 43.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 530FBS, 311FBG, transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan, India with A-36's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 369FS, 359th FG, arrives at East Wretham, England from the US with P-47's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 13 Dec 43.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 228 B-26's dispatched to bomb 4 airfields in France are recalled before attacking because of unfavorable weather. Major General Elwood R "Pete" Quesada becomes Commanding General of the IX Fighter Command.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): XII BC B-25's bomb the marshalling yard at Skoplje, Yugoslavia; P-38's follow with a strafing mission, damaging or destroying several locomotives and vehicles.

In Italy, XII Air Support Command A-36's hit the Venafro railroad yards, and other fighter-bombers hit gun positions, troops, and railway stations in or near Boiano, Petacciato, and Vairano. Fighters strafe airfields around Rome and also hit Viterbo, Grosseto, and the seaplane base at Bracciano, and attack trains on the Rome-Orte and Rome-Naples, Italy lines. NATBF light bombers bomb the road and railway near Cassino, the town of Carpinone, the road junction at Castiglione della Valle, and roads, bridges, and motor transport near Minturno and Chieti.

HQ 316TCG transfers from Mazzara to Borizzo, Sicily.

The 4TCS, 62TCG, transfers from Gela to Catania, Sicily with C-47's.

The 12(Photo)S(L), 3 Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, based at La Marsa, Tunisia with F-4's and F-5's, sends a detachment to operate from Ajaccio/Camp del Oro, Corsica.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 28 B-24's and 40+ USN dive bombers, with cover of 50+ fighters, hit the airfield on Ballale Island. 14 P-39's join 20+ USN aircraft in a strike on Kakasa village and a tent area on Choiseul Island.

The 70FS, 18FG, transfers from Guadalcanal Island to New Georgia Island with P-39's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, nearly 80 B-24's and fighters sent against Rabaul on New Britain Island are forced to abort by bad weather; however, 50+ B-25's slip beneath low clouds and pound the town, airfields, and shipping from treetop and mast-height level; the B-25's sink 2 vessels and claim 70+ planes destroyed on the ground and in the air; 13 of the B-24's bomb Cape Hoskins; 7 others bomb Cape Gloucester and hit Sio, New Guinea. B-25's bomb and strafe a road at Bogadjim, New Guinea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 1TCS, 10AF, transfers from New Delhi to Sookerating, India with C-47's.

The 529FBS, 311FBG, transfers from Nawadih to Dinjan, India with A-36's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 359FG and it's 369FS arrives at East Wretham, England from the US with P-47's. The group will fly it's first Mission on 13 Dec 43.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, during a low-level raid, XII BC B-24's bomb bridges at Porto Civitanova, S of Porto Sant' Elpidio, N of Pedaso, and N of Cupra Marittima; fighters, fighter-bombers, and light bombers of the XII Air Support Command, NATBF, and RAF DAF attack the town of Boiano, gun positions and troop concentrations on the outskirts of town, and an ammunition dump and railroad tunnel nearby, Viterbo and Tarquinia landing fields, the towns of Cassino and Anzio, the railroad N of Pesaro and near Pineto, trains near Barisciano, troops near Mintumo, and vehicles at several points.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Kara and Kahili Airfields on Bougainville Island are hit by B-24's, Venturas, P-38's, P-40's, and USN fighters and dive bombers.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Guinea, A-20's and RAAF airplanes hit Sattelberg and surrounding areas and bomb Gasmata Island off New Britain Island; enemy air raid against Finschhafen causes no effective damage. B-25's and RAAF Hudsons bomb Fuiloro on Timor Island.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): HQ 30BG(H) and it's 27th, 38th and 392BS(H) arrive at Hickam Field, Moluleia Field, Kahuku and Barking Sands, Territory of Hawaii respectively from the US with B-24's.

The 396th and 820BS(M), 41BG(M) arrive at Hickam Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii from the US with B-25's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The bridge at Meza, Burma, being repaired after being damaged severely on 10 Oct, is attacked and damaged by B-25's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 116.

The industrial area at Duren, Germany is the primary target. 97 of 170 B-17's hit the primary target at 1413-1416 bombing from 30,000-feet (48,000 m): because the cloud tops were at 29,500-feet (47,200 m); the 1BombardmentDivision uses Oboe PFF for the first time but the equipment fails and 60 aircraft return to base without bombing; 42 of the 1 BD's aircraft hit Woensdrecht Airfield in the Netherlands as a target of opportunity; and 70 B-24's fly a diversion; the totals are 4-1-1 Luftwaffe aircraft claimed; 9 B-17's lost, 1 damaged beyond repair and 10 damaged; casualties are 4 KIA (including 3 gunners who died from oxygen system failure), 2 WIA and 85 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 117: During the night of 20/21Oct, 5 B-17's drop 876,960 leaflets over Roen and Paris at 2211-2217 hours.

HQ 358FG and it's 365th, 366th and 367FSs arrive at Goxhill, England from the US.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC B-17's, B-26's, B-25's and P-38's bomb the Rome-Casale landing ground, Marcigliana and Cerveteri Airfields, railroad bridges at Montalto di Castro, Grosseto, and 13 miles (21km) SE of Orvieto, and the marshalling yard at Nish, Yugoslavia obstructing the Belgrade-Sofia line; the XII Air Support Command, NATBF, and other aircraft of the NATAF devote most of their efforts to bombing gun positions, trucks, and rail and road communications S of Vasto, at Mignano, N of Cassino, in Cassino and Chieti, at Castropignano, Carpinone, Arce, Tratella, and at various other points along highways and railroads. Fighter-bombers also hit shipping along Dalmatian coast of Yugoslavia, claiming 2 vessels sunk.

HQ 62FW transfers from Palermo, Sicily to Naples, Italy.

The 527FBS, 86FBG, transfers from Serretella Airfield to Pomigliano, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Kakasa on Choiseul Island is attacked 3 times by Venturas, P-40's, and USN fighters and dive bombers. 24 P-40's and nearly 50 USN F4U's sweep Kahili on Bougainville Island; one force of F4U's encounters fighters, claiming 3 destroyed.

The 69BS(M), 42BG(M), ceases operating form Guadalcanal Island with B-25's and returns to it's base on New Caledonia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe the Bogadjim area; B-24's hit 2 freighters near Manokwari and bomb the Manokwari area; and an attack on Finschhafen by 30 Japanese aircraft causes minor damage. A-20's hit Gasmata Island off New Britain Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 21 OCTOBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 72FS, 318FG, transfers from Hilo Field to Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii with P-39's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 530FBS, 311FBG, based at Dinjan, India with A-36's sends a detachment to operate from Kurmitola, India.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 6 B-24's bomb Nawlang, Burma; the barracks area is blasted by at least 3 direct hits. 6 P-40's pound the barracks area at Kunlong, China.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): Bad weather causes 72 B-26's sent to bomb Evreux/Fauville Airfield in France to abort the mission .

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Colonel Arthur Thomas takes command of the XII AF Service Command. In Italy, XII BC B-17's hit a railroad viaduct at Terni and rail and road bridges in Albania. B-24's hit Orvieto railroad bridge; B-26's and B-25's bomb bridges at Montalto di Castro and NW of Acquapendente and the railroad at Orbetello; P-38's bomb a radar station at Pellegrino and the marshalling yard at Skoplje, Yugoslavia; RAF and US NATAF light and medium bombers concentrate on Cassino, hitting the town, a bivouac area nearby, and railroad to the S; vessels along Dalmatian coast of Yugoslavia are also attacked; XII Air Support Command fighters and fighter-bombers patrol the Naples area and attack numerous roads, railroads, bridges, junctions, trucks, gun emplacements, and other targets in the battle area.

The 93FS, 81FG, transfers from Sidi Ahmed, Tunisia to Castelvetrano, Sicily with P-39's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 12 B-25's, with an escort of 36 fighters, attack Kara Airfield on Bougainville Island. The runway and several buildings suffer direct hits.

The 23BS, Heavy, 5BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's begins operating from Guadalcanal Island.

The 75BS(M), 42BG(M), transfers from Guadalcanal Island to the Russell Islands with B-25's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ B-24's bomb positions at Sattelberg; 19 B-25's follow with a low-level strike: other B-25's carry out a sweep along the Bogadjim road.

In the Bismarck Archipelago, P-40's bomb Gasmata Island off New Britain Island and attack 2 light cruisers off New Ireland Island, damaging 1 of them.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 22 OCTOBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 819BS(H), 30BG(H), arrives at Barking Sands, Territory of Hawaii with B-24's. The squadron, the ex-3d (Anti-sub)S(H), will fly sea searches and supply the 30th Group with replacement crews and planes until May 44.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, a B-25 strike against a railroad bridge on the Ye-u branch line over the Mu River between Ywataung and Monywa fails to damage the structure. This raid marks the final assault of the year on this bridge.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): About 60 B-26's bomb Evreux/Fauville Airfield in France; 140+ others abort missions against other airfields because of bad weather.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) approve the plan, submitted by General Henry H "Hap" Arnold and the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), to create a new AF (the 15AF) in Italy from part of the 12AF to be used in strategic bombing against Germany as well as in support of ground operations.

In Italy, XII BC B-26's bomb railroad bridges N and SE of Omvieto; B-25's hit a railroad bridge S of Grosseto and Eleusis Airfield, Greece; The XII Air Support Command, along with other elements of the NATAF, hit town areas, highways, vehicles, gun positions, railroad communications, strongpoints, and targets of opportunity at or near San Salvo Teano, Venafro, Cantalupo el Sannio, Isernia, Cassino, Montenero, and Boiano. Aquino Airfield is also bombed.

The 12TCS, 60TCG, based at Gela, Sicily, begins operating from Comiso, Sicily with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and the surrounding areas are pounded by 22 B-24's, 30+ P-39's and P-40's and about 160 USN fighters and dive bombers. 18 B-24's and USN airplanes hit targets in the Choiseul Island area. Other USN aircraft hit Kara Airfield on Bougainville Island. A single B-24 claims hits on a carrier NW of Buka Island.

HQ 42BG(M) and it's 390BS(M) transfer from Guadalcanal Island to the Russell Islands with B-25's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 20+ B-25's carry out a low-level attack on the Wewak area, sinking 2 small freighters, and strafing barges and airplanes; Madang is strafed by 4 P-39's and 2 (RAAF) Boomerangs. 50+ P-40's hit Gasmata Island off New Britain Island. 11 B-24's bomb Pombelaa nickel mines on Celebes Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 23 OCTOBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): AAF fighters shoot down a Japanese flying boat 70 miles (112 km) S of Baker Island in the Pacific Ocean.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-25's bomb the Meza, Burma railroad bridge, which is still being repaired following the damaging raid of 10 Oct; damage is done to the approaches.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC B-26's bomb railroad and road bridges at Marsicano and Montalto di Castro; P-38's hit the airfield at Tirana; B-25's hit a bridge in Albania; the XII Air Support Command, RAF Desert AF (DAF), and NATBF attack troop concentrations in the Spinete area, and town areas, vehicles, trains, railroads, highways, bridges, and gun positions at or near Gaeta, Pescara, Vasto, Isolella, Sulmona, Isernia, Vairano, and Ancona.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 11 B-24's and 16 P-38's hit Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island and 36 P-40's and P-39's join 60+ USN dive bombers and fighters in a strike on Kara Airfield on Bougainville; both Kahili and Kara are attacked again later in the day, the former by 6 B-24's and 16 USN fighters and the latter by 35 AAF fighters and 42 USN dive bombers. 6 B-24's bomb Kakasa on Choiseul Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 40+ B-24's escorted by P-38's, bomb Rapopo airstrip on New Britain Island, destroying about 20 airplanes on the ground; 20 enemy interceptors are claimed shot down. 9 B-25's hit the Bogadjim area in New Guinea.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 24 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 14 B-24's and 13 P-40's pound a barracks area at Co Bi, French Indochina. 8 B-24's bomb Htawgaw, Burma while on a ferry flight over the Hump.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONSETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 200 B-26's bomb airfields at Montdidier, Beauvais/Nivillers, and Saint-Andre-de-L'Eure, France.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): XII BC B-24's of the 98BG(H) hit Wiener-Neustadt, Austria; the 376BG(H) fails to complete the mission because of clouds. In Italy, medium bombers hit Tirana Airfield, a railroad bridge N of Orvieto, and a viaduct at Terni; the XII Air Support Command, NATBF, and RAF DAF attack communications and shipping targets, hitting vessels, vehicles, trains, roads, bridges, and the town areas in and around Formia, Sora, Chieti, Minturno, Sessa Aurunca, Popoli, Terracina, between Ancona-Pedaso, Frosolone (just before it is taken by allied ground forces), and along the Dalmatian coast of Yugoslavia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 36 B-25's, along with 24 Royal New Zealand AF (RNZAF): P-40's and 4 USN F4U's, in 1force, and 20 AAF fighter and 70+ USN fighters and dive bombers in another force, pound Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, at least 45 bombers are destroyed on the ground at Vunakanau, Rapopo, and Tobera airstrips during attacks by 50+ B-25's; the B-25's and 50+ escorting P-38's claim 40+ Japanese airplanes shot down. On New Guinea, A-20's hit enemy positions in the Lae area and B-24's carry out a light attack on Manokwari.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In French Indochina, 6 P-40's strafe shipping at Haiphong, claiming 3 small boats sunk and damaging 6 larger boats; 2 B-25's and 4 P-40's attack shipping in the Gulf of Tonkin, claiming a 150-ft (45.7 m) tanker sunk and 200-ft (61m) freighter damaged.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC P-39's strafe and bomb the landing ground at Podgorica; XII Air Support Command, NATBF and RAF DAF concentrate on blocking roads and destroying bridges; town areas, vehicles, radio stations, trains, and vessels are also attacked; targets attacked are in or near Frosinone, Formia, Gaeta, Cetraro, along the Sangro River, Kuna, along the Dalmatian coast of Yugoslavia, W of Lagosta Island and S of Rome; Tarquinia Airfield is also bombed.

HQ 324FG and it's 314FS transfer from Menzel Heurr, Tunisia to Cercola, Italy with P-40's. The squadron, which has been out of combat since 21Jul, will fly it's first Mission on 30 Oct.

The 36TCS, 316TCG, transfers from Mazara to Castelvetrano, Sicily with C-47's.

The 64FS, 57FG, transfers from Foggia to Amendola, Italy with P-40's.

The 486BS(M), 340BG(M), transfers from Catania, Sicily to San Pancrazio, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): The 372BS(H), 307BG(H), based on Espirtu Santo Island in the New Hebrides Islands, begins operating from Guadalcanal Island with B-24's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 60+ B-24's bomb the Rabaul area on New Britain Island, destroying 20+ airplanes on the ground. Of the 60-70 fighters which intercept, the B-24's claim 30+ shot down. In New Guinea, A-20's hit positions near Lae and B-24's carry out a light strike against Manokwari.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 71Liaison Squadron, US Army Forces, CBI, transfers from Ramgarh to Ledo, India with L-4's and L-5's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 13 B-24's and 15 P-40's pound railroad yards at Haiphong, French Indochina. In China, 2 B-25's attack several vessels at Kiungshan, claiming 4 sunk or badly damaged; later 6 more B-25's hit shipping nearby, claiming 1freighter sunk; the airfield at Kiungshan is strafed by 1 of the B-25's.

The 21(Photo)S(L), 14AF, based at Kunming, China with F-4's and F-5's, sends a fight to operate from Suichwan, China.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Greece, B-25's and P-38's of the XII BC attack the airfields of Salonika/Sedhes and Megalo Mikra. In Italy, XII Air Support Command and RAF DAF fighters and fighter-bombers attack gun emplacements and road junctions in the battle area along the E coast and in the center of Italy, also destroying many vehicles and parked aircraft in the Ancona area, where railroad facilities are also hit; a schooner at Porto Civitanova is left smoking; medium bombers of the NATBF bomb Terracina and an ammunition dump.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island is hit twice during the day by B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, P-40's, P-39's, and USN fighters and dive bombers. The airfield on Buka Island is strafed by P-38's and then bombed and strafed by B-25's and P-38's. P-39's and P-40's join USN fighters and dive bombers in a strike on Kara Airfield on Bougainville.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's fly a small raid against Pombelaa on Celebes Island; fighters shoot down 2 B-24's; US gunners claim 11 aircraft downed. B-25's hit targets in Tanimbar Island in the Moluccas Islands.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 4RS (Special), Antilles Air Command, transfers from Losey Field to Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico with L-1's, O-47's, O-52's and P-39's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 6 B-24's bomb the city of Tungling, China and claim 8 intercepting Zekes shot down.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Austria, 150+ B-17's and B-24's bomb Wiener-Neustadt and railroad tracks and installations and bridges at Friedberg and Ebenfurth. Weather severely curtails NATBF missions and XII Air Support Command operations in support of ground forces. Fighter-bombers attack Gaeta, Italy and bomb small vessels on the Dalmatian coast at Opuzen, Yugoslavia.

HQ 57FG and it's 65th and 66FSs transfer from Foggia to Amendola, Italy with P-40's.

The 315th and 316FSs, 324FG, transfer from Menzel Heurr, Tunisia to Cercola, Italy with P-40's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-24's pound Kahili and Kara airfields on Bougainville Island; P-40's over Kahili claim 3 Zekes shot down. P-38's, P-40's, and P-39's, plus some RNZAF P-40's and P-39's, cover the landing by New Zealand troops on Stirling and Mono Islands. The fighters claim destruction of 12 Japanese dive bombers attacking the landing force and afterwards claim 3 fighters shot down.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, P-40's and P-39's intercept an escorted Japanese bomber force dropping supplies over the Sattelberg area; the US fighters claim 12 airplanes downed.

A-20's hit harbor and supply dump area at Gasmata Island off New Britain Island.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 28 OCTOBER 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: The AAF School of Applied Tactics at Orlando AAB, Florida is redesignated the AAF Tactical Center.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 B-24's bomb Mangshih; 6 P-40's strafe a warehouse and revetments at Yoyang Airfield; 3 B-25's and 7 P-38's hit a barracks at Ft Bayard; and 2 B-25's on a shipping sweep over the S China Sea damage 2 freighters near Saint John Island and sink a junk W of Kwangchow Wan.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): Weather prevents most 12AF operations planned for the day. No missions are flown by the XII BC. In Italy, XII Air Support Command A-36's hit several highways and bridges in advance of the battleline and attack gun positions in the Vairano area and transportation targets in the Rome area.

The 28TCS, 60TCG, transfers from Gela to Gerbini, Sicily with C-47's.

The 346FS, 350FG, transfers from Rerhaia, Algeria to Sardinia with P-39's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-40's and P-39's join USN fighters and dive bombers in attacks on Kara Airfield on Bougainville Island and the airfield on Ballale Island. Almost 200 aircraft are involved in the 2 strikes. Kara airfield is also pounded by 19 B-24's.

The 67FS, 347FG, based on Woodlark Island with P-39's, begins operating form New Georgia Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): P-40's hit Gasmata Island off New Britain Island. P-47's attack barges at Talasea on New Britain Island and strafe surrounding area. In New Guinea, P-47's also strafe the area from Sio to Fortification Point.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 29 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 14 B-24's and 16 P-40's pound the smelter area at Quang Yen, French Indochina. In China, 2 B-25's bomb the administration building and runway at Ft Bayard airfield; 9 P-40's on offensive reconnaissance in the Chiuchiang area strafe a 200-ft (320 m): steamer and attack a train, destroying the locomotive.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, 100+ XII BC B-17's, escorted by P-38's, bomb the Genoa marshalling yard and also hit the Sampierdarena marshalling yard, San Giorgio instrument factory, and ordnance, electric, and fitting plants and bridges at Genoa-Ansaldo; the XII Air Support Command, NATBF, and RAF DAF are forced by bad weather to abandon several missions in support of ground forces. Troops and gun positions are attacked on 2 occasions and several bridges are hit; Giulianova harbor and shipping are successfully attacked.

HQ 57BW transfers from Naples to Foggia, Italy.

HQ 60TCG and it's 11TCS transfer from Gela to Gerbini, Sicily with C-47's.

The 487th and 488BS(M), 340BG(M), transfer from Catania, Sicily to San Pancrazio, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's and B-24's, along with 40+ USN aircraft, bomb the airfield on Buka Island and Bonis Airfield on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 37 B-24's, escorted by 53 P-38's, pound Rabaul area on New Britain Island, claiming 45 airplanes destroyed on the ground and in the air. 17 B-25's hit the Madang, New Guinea area. P-47's attack shipping in Hansa Bay, New Guinea area and strafe the Cape Gloucester area on New Britain Island. B-25's sink a vessel off Tanimbar Island in the Moluccas Islands while B-24's bomb Selaroe airstrip on Tanimbar and attack the Waroe Bay area of New Guinea.

The 8FS, 49FG, transfers from Tsili Tsili to Gusap, New Guinea with P-47's.

The 63BS(H), 43BG(H) transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-24's.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 30 OCTOBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The ground echelons of the 6th and 22(Anti-sub)S(H), 479(Anti-sub)G, are disbanded at Salk Lake City AAB, Utah. The air echelons are at Dunkeswell, England with B-24's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 7 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound the motor pool and barracks at Shayang; 9 P-38's hit the Chiuchiang dock area; 2 interceptors are shot down.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 5 B-26's bomb Cherbourg/Maupertus Airfield in France.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): In Italy, XII BC B-24's bomb the Genoa marshalling yard and nearby Sampierdarena and Genoa-Ansaldo steel works; B-17's bomb Savona and Varazze, Porto Maurizio, and the Imperia marshalling yard; weather reduces the efforts of NATAF elements; NATBF B-25's bomb Frosinone; fighter-bombers, mainly of the XII Air Support Command, hit bridges, junctions, shipping, marshalling yard, gun positions, and vehicles at several locations, including Giulianova, Ancona, Ortona, Sessa Aurunca, Mignano, and Cassino.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, Kara Airfield is bombed by 16 B-24's and shortly afterwards is hit by 90+ USN dive bombers escorted by USN and AAF fighters; the airstrip and other targets at Kieta are attacked by 6 B-25's, 12 P-39's and USN aircraft; and the Tonolai harbor area is hit by 8 P-40's and 17 USN planes.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's strafe barges in Rein Bay on New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 31 OCTOBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, in an attempt to knock out the Japanese base from which fighters are attacking ferrying operations, P-40's carrying 1000-pound (454 kg) bombs fly 4 strikes against Myitkyina; following the bomb runs, the fighters strafe AA positions; the attacks cause considerable damage to the base; B-25's attack the Meza railroad bridge, scoring hits on the approaches but missing the structure; the bridge remains unusable due to damage caused by the 10 Oct strike.

MTO - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (9AF): XII BC B-17's bomb Antheor viaduct in France. In Italy, B-26's hit Anzio; B-25's attack docks and shipping at Civitavecchia; P-38's strafe and bomb Tirana airfield; weather cancels all NATAF attacks except for 11 P-40's which bomb and strafe a tanker off Split, Yugoslavia, leaving it burning. XII Air Support Command fighters fly an uneventful naval escort.

HQ 1FG and it's 71FS transfer from Mateur to Djedeida, Tunisia with P-38's.

The 379BS(M), 310BG(M), ceases operating from Oudna and returns to it's base at Menzel Temime, Tunisia with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): 20+ B-25's, with fighter support, bomb Kara Airfield on Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): P-40's sink a barge off the New Britain Island coast.

The 65TCS, 54TCW, ceases operating from Tsili Tsili and returns to it's base at Nadzab, New Guinea with C-47's.

NOVEMBER 1943

USAAF Star MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): During early Nov, HQ 479(Anti-sub)G and it's 4th, 6th, 19th and 22(Anti-sub)S(H) transfer from Dunkeswell to Podington, England.

During early Nov, HQ 480th Antisubmarine Group begins a movement from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to the U.S.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): HQ 6BG(H) is inactivated at Howard Field, Canal Zone.

HQ 16th, 32 and 37FGs are inactivated at Albrook Field, France Field, and Howard Field Canal Zone repectively.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): During Nov, a detachment of the 71LS, US Army Forces, CBI, based at Ledo, India is sent to Kunming, China with L-4's and L-5's.

During Nov, the detachment of the 530FBS, 311FBG, at Kurmitola, India with A-36's returns to it's base at Dinjan, India

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 6 B-25's and 9 P-40's bomb the Yoyang, China railroad yards.

During Nov, the 75FS, 23FG transfers from Kweilin to Hengyang, China with P-40's.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): A progress report, assessing results of the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO), estimates that 19 important German towns and cities have been virtually destroyed, 19 severely damaged and 9 more effectively damaged. A joint report of the British Ministry of Economic Warfare and Air Ministry lntelligence Branch claims that 10 percent of the total war potential of Germany has been destroyed.

HQ 92CBW(H) is activated at Polebrook, England.

HQ 93CBW(H) is activated at Horsham St. Faith, England.

HQ 401BG(H) arrives at Deenethorpe,England from the U.S.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): The 9AF comes under operational control of the Allied Expeditionary AF (AEAF) which is activated on this date to provide the tactical AF for the invasion of W Europe (Operation OVERLORD).

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): The 15AF is activated, with HQ at Tunis, Tunisia and Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle as Commanding General. The following 12AF units are transferred to the new 15AF: B-17 Units: 5BW at Depienne, Tunisa

2BG(H) [20th, 49th, 96th and 429BS(H)] at Massicault, Tunisia

97BG(H) [340th, 341, 342 and 414BS(H)] at Depienne, Tunisia

99BG(H) [346th, 347th, 348th and 416BS(H)] at Oudna, Tunisia

301BG(H) [32d, 352d, 353and 419BS(H)] at Oudna, Tunisia

B-24 Units

98BG(H) [343d, 344th, 345th and 415BS(H)] at Hergla, Tunisia

376BG(H) [512th, 513th, 514th and 515BS(H)] at Enfidaville, Tunisia

B-25 Units (Groups transferred to 12AF on 3 Nov 43): 47BW(M) at Hammamet, Tunisia

310BG(M) [379th, 380th, 381 and 428BSS(M)] at Menzel Temime, Tunisia

321BG(M) [445th, 446th, 447th and 448BSS(M)] at Grottaglie, Italy

B-26 Units (all transferred back to 12AF at end of year): 42BW(M) at Ariana, Tunisia

17BG(M) [34th, 37th, 95th and 432BS(M)] at Djedeida, Tunisia

319BG(M) [437th, 438th, 439th and 440BSS(M)] in Sardinia

320BG(M) [441, 442d, 443and 444BSS(M)] in Sardinia

P-38 Units

1FG [27th, 71 and 94FSs] in Sardinia

14FG [37th, 48th and 49FSs] at Ste-Marie-du-Zit, Tunisia

82FG [95th, 96th and 97FSs] at Lecce, Italy

P-47 Unit

325FG [317th, 318th and 319FSs] at Mateur, Tunisia

Other aircraft

68RG at Massicault, Tunisia

16RS (Bomber) at Foch Field, Tunisia with B-17

111RS (Fighter) at Pomigliano, Italy with A-36 and F-6

122LS at Berteaux, Algeria with B-17

154RS (Fighter) at Nouvion, Algeria with P-51

In Italy, B-l7's bomb the town and harbor of La Spezia and a railroad bridge at Vezzano; B-25's hit marshalling yards at Rimini and Ancona. Fighters fly escort.

During the month of Nov 43, HQ 68RG transfers from Massicault, Tunisia to Manduria, Italy.

HQ 319BG(M) and it's 437th, 438th, 439th and 440BS(M) transfer from Djedeida, Tunisia to Decimomannu, Sardinia with B-26's.

HQ 320BG(M) transfers from El Bathan, Tunisia to Sardinia.

The 27th and 94FSs, 1FG, transfer from Mateur, Tunisia to Djedeida, Tunisia with P-38's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): With the activation of the 15AF on this date, the units of the XII BC transfer to the new AF. Northwest African Tactical Bomber Force (NATBF) aircraft bomb shipping in harbors of Ancona, Italy and Split, Yugoslavia, hit a tunnel mouth near Antrodoco, Italy, and attack scattered gun positions and motor transport on both the US Fifth and British Eighth Army fronts. The XII Air Support Command hits numerous bridges and junctions and the town of Pontecorvo, Italy.

The RAF Desert AF (DAF) hits inland roads and vehicles in advance of the battleline, shipping at Split, Yugoslavia and the town of Carpinone, Italy.

During Nov, the 15(Photo)S(H), 3 Photographic Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, transfers from La Marsa, Tunisia to Grottaglie, Italy with B-17, B-25 and F-5.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, US Marines land on Bougainville Island. This operation is aimed at eliminating the last Japanese strongholds SE of Rabaul. Allied fighters covering the operations shoot down 20+ Japanese aircraft. Naval gunfire accounts for several more. On Bougainville, 21 B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield and Kara Airfield is attacked by 19 B-24's, 30+ P-40's and P-39's, and 70+ USN (USN) fighters and dive bombers. P-38's on sweep over waters NW of the Solomons claim 7 Zekes shot down. B-25's strafe barges and wharf area at Faisi Island.

During the night of 1/2 Nov, 2 radar snooper B-24's attack a convoy W of Cape Saint George on New Ireland Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The 64TCS, 403TCG, transfers from Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides to Henderson Field, on Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands with C-47's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Celebes Islands, 11 B-24's bomb Maniang Island and nearby Pombelaa. A lone B-24 scores hit on ship off Kavieng, New Ireland Island in the Bismrack Archipelago.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 5 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound docks and warehouses at Shasi, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): The 406BS(H), 8AF, transfers from the U.S. to Alconbury, England without personnel or equipment. The squadron will be equipped with B-24's and begin CARPETBAGGER operations (dropping supplies to partisans) on 5 Jan 44.

The 700th, 701, 702 and 703BS(H), 445BG(H), arrive at Tibenham, England from the U.S. with B-24's. They will fly their first Mission on 13 Dec.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-17's and B-24's bomb the aircraft factory and surrounding industrial complex at Wiener-Neustadt, Austria; the bombers claim 50+ attacking fighters destroyed. In Italy, B-25's bomb the Ancona marshalling yard; B-26's bomb the harbor at Civitavecchia and miss a railroad bridge near Amelia; P-38's escort the heavy bombers and the B-26's.

The 379BS(M), 310BG(M), based at Menzel Temime, Tunisia begins operating from Ed Adem, Libya with B-25's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, NATBF light and medium bombers hit gun positions and an ammunition dump on the British Eighth Army front, railroad facilities at Aquila, and the coast road at Terracina; at night, light bombers hit Penna Point and Zara, Yugoslavia; XII Air Support Command and RAF DAF fighters and fighter-bombers attack gun positions and ammunition dumps along the British Eighth Army front, hit gun positions S of Isernia, bomb Fondi, and attack several bridges and junctions in advance of the US Fifth Army front; numerous trucks and a train also are strafed.

HQ 12BG(M) and it's 434BS(M) transfer from Gerbini, Sicily to Foggia, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): 20 B-24's bomb Kahili Airfield on Bougainville Island.

The 13TCS, 403TCG, transfers from Tontouta, New Caledonia to Espirtu Santo, New Hebrides Islands with C-47's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In direct support of Allied landings on Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 75 B-25's, with an escort of 70 P-38's, attack Rabaul airfields and harbor on New Britain Island; 3 destroyers and 8 merchant vessels are sunk or left sinking; the B-25's and P-38's claim 12 aircraft destroyed on the ground and 68 shot down; AA and air opposition is the strongest thus far encountered by the 5AF; 21 US airplanes are lost. In New Guinea, P-39's pound a road in the Bogadjim area and A-20's bomb and strafe communication routes near Fortification Point.

The 418NPS, AAF School of Applied Tactics, arrives at Milne Bay, New Guinea from the U.S. with P-38's and P-70's.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 21 B-24's, supported by 30 fighters, pound Kowloon Docks in Hong Kong; 4 Japanese fighters are claimed shot down; 9 B-25's and 12 P-40's pound various targets in the Shihshow-wajung-Owchihkow area. 8 P-40's bomb runways and installations at Lashio, Burma.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 119.

539 of 566 B-17's and B-24's dispatched to the Wilhemshaven, Germany port area hit the target at 1307-1335 hours. They claim 21-3-24 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 B-17's are lost, 2 damaged beyond repair, and 47 damaged; casualties are 12 WIA and 70 MIA. The mission includes 11Pathfinders, 9 using new H2X blind-bombing device (first time on a US mission) and 2 using H2S. This is the first 8AF blind-bombing Mission in which the aiming point is completely destroyed and is also the Eighth's first 500-plane mission. 333 P-47's and 45 P-38's escort the bombers with the P-38's escorting the heavy bombers almost the entire trip and see their first real ETO combat, claiming 3-5-5 Luftwaffe aircraft.

VIII BC Mission 120.

During the night of 3/4 Nov, 2 B-17's drop 1.5+ million leaflets on Antwerp at 1915 hours and Rotterdam at 2008 hours.

The 612th and 613BS(H), 401BG(H), arrive at Deenethorpe, England from the U.S. with B-17's. They will fly their first Mission on 26 Nov.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 71 B-26's bomb the airfield at Saint-Andre-de-L'Eure, France; 71attack Triqueville Airfield, France; and 65 bomb Schiphol Airfield in the Netherlands.

HQ 435TCG and it's 76th and 77TCSs arrive at Langer, England from the U.S. with C-47's and C-53's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): The 2 B-25 groups [310th and 321BG(M)] of the 15AF are transferred back to the 12AF.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): 15AF P-38's escort B-25's on a raid against Araxos Airfield, Greece. The target is well covered and several parked airplanes are destroyed. In Italy, the NATBF hits a dump at Cupello, the railway station at Cesano, a road junction at Alfedena, the town areas of Ceprano and Palmoli, and numerous vehicles; XII Air Support Command and RAF DAF fighters and fighter-bombers attack gun positions at Cupello, landing grounds near Pescara and Ancona, the airfield at Cisterna di Latina, the Ceccano railroad yards, the town of Pozzilli, roads in the Venafro-Cassino area, and several bridges and junctions. Many of the day's missions are flown in direct support of the British Eighth Army's advance. The 82BS(H), 12BG(M), transfers from Gerbini, Sicily to Foggia, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): 19 B-24's attack a convoy about 150 miles (240 km) SE of Mussau Island in the Bismarck Archipelago; the B-24's claim hits on 3 vessels.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit barges between Alexishafen and Bogadjim. In New Britain, B-24's fly light strikes against shipping (sinking 1vessel) between Talasea and Cape Gloucester, and bomb Boela on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 1993

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): The Chinese-American Composite Wing enters combat on this date. It's B-25's hit Amoy and Swatom, China successfully bombing and strafing ground troops, supply facilities, and shipping; the B-25's claim 4 cargo ships badly damaged and possibly sunk.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): HQ 445BG(H) arrives at Tibenham, England from the U.S. HQ 446BG(H) and it's 704th, 705th, 706th and 707BS(H) arrive at Flixton, England with B-24's. They will fly their first Mission on 16 Dec.

The 27(Photo)RS, 7(Photo)Reconnaissance and Mapping Group, arrives at Mount Farm, England from the U.S. with F-5's.

The 614th and 615BS(H), 401BS(H), arrive at Deenethorpe, England from the U.S. with B-17's.

They will fly their first Mission on 26 Nov.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 9AF issues a letter ordering a small detachment of HQ, the IX AF Engineer Section, to assume the functions of a command under Colonel Karl B Schilling, thus beginning the creation of IX Engineer Command.

HQ 354FG and it's 353and 355FS arrive at Greenham Common, England from the U.S. with P-51's. They will fly their first Mission on 1Dec. The is the first FG assigned to the Ninth Air Force.

The 75th and 78TCSs, 435TCG, arrive at Langer, England from the U.S. with C-47's and C-53's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-17's bomb railroads between Montalto di Castro and Orbetello, between Orbetello and Talamone, and between San Vincenzo and Cecina; bomb-carrying P-38's, escorted by others, hit a tunnel N of Terni and strafe Montalto di Castro.

HQ 325FG and it's 317th, 318th and 319FS transfer from Mateur to Soliman, Tunisia with P-47's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Brigadier General Donald A Davison takes command of the XII AF Engineer Command (Provisional), following the command's assignment to the 12AF on 1Nov. In Italy, XII Air Support Command and RAF fighters and fighter-bombers hit trucks and trains in the Sora-Avezzano area, the airfields of Furbara and Tarquinia, and small vessels off Pescara, Italy and Solta, Yugoslavia.

The 522 and 524FBSs, 27FBG, transfer from Capaccio to Paestum and Guado Airfield, Italy respectively with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 23 B-24's strike the airfield on Buka Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): P-40's bomb Palmalmal Plantation, New Guinea. B-24's on armed reconnaissance claim 1 vessel sunk N of New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 5 NOVEMBER 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: The 19(Photo)Charting Squadron, 1Photographic Charting Group, based at Bradley Field, Connecticut, sends a detachment to Mexico City, Mexico with F-9's to photo-map Mexico.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): The 459FS, 80tFG, transfers from Karachi to Kurmitola, India with P-38's. They will fly their first Mission on 14 Nov.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS: B-25's of the 1 Composite Squadron and USN land-based aircraft based on Ascension Island sink U-848 in the S Atlantic at 10-09S 18-00W.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 121.

Two targets in Germany are hit with the loss of 8 B-17's and 3 B-24's.

1. 323 of 374 B-17's and 9 of 11 B-17 pathfinders hit the marshalling yard and oil plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany at 1313-1350 hours; they claim 6-1-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 8 B-17's are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 223 damaged. Casualties are 4 KIA, 35 WIA and 84 MIA. The B-17's are escorted by 47 P-38's and 336 P-47's; they claim 18-6-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 P-47's are lost and 1 is damaged beyond repair; casualties are 4 MIA.

2. 104 of 118 B-24's hit the marshaling yard at Munster at 1349-1358 hours; they claim 21-3-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-24's are lost, 1 is damaged beyond repair and 43 damaged; casualties are 7 KIA, 22 WIA and 31 MIA.

3. VIII BC Mission 122: 5 B-17's drop 1,004,000 leaflets over Paris, Amiens, Rouen and Caen at 1917-2005 hours; no losses or casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): An 8AF training officer arrives to assist HQ IX Fighter Command in setting up a comprehensive training system for fighter pilots. The training is based on the 8AF system; the 8AF and RAF cooperate with the Ninth in instituting this program. 150+ B-26's bomb construction works at Mimoyecques, France; poor visibility causes one group to bomb the area SW of the primary targets; bad weather causes numerous aborts.

The 356FS, 354FG, arrives at Greenham Common, England from the U.S. with P-51's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 1Dec.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): 3 B-24's on a low-level raid bomb the Falconara-Marittima railroad and highway bridges in Italy.

The 432BS(H), 17BG(M), transfers from Djedeida, Tunisia to Villacidro, Sardinia with B-26's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): XII Air Support Command B-25's, escorted by 15AF P-38's, hit the Berat-Kucove Airfield in Albania. In Italy, the NATBF bombs roads E of Atina and N of Rome, and hits vehicles moving S from Pescara; XII Air Support Command and RAF DAF fighters and fighter-bombers attack motor transport N of Vasto, bridges and roads W of Isernia, Cassino, and Atena Lucana, the town of Castrocielo, and vessels off Split, Yugoslavia.

HQ 17BG(M) transfers from Djedeida, Tunisia to Sardinia.

HQ 350FG transfers from Rerhaiak Algeria to Sardinia.

The 81 and 83BS(M), 12BG(M), transfer from Gerbini, Sicily to Foggia, Italy with B-25's.

The 415NPS, XII Air Support Command, transfers from Cassibile to Cantania, Sicily with Beaufighters.

The 523Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 27FBG, transfers from Capaccio to Gaudo Airfield, Italy with A-36's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 6 B-25's hit a bivouac area at Kieta on Bougainville Island and sink at least 6 barges between Kieta and Banin Harbor. Allied fighters from the Munda, New Georgia area cover a carrier strike which causes considerable damage to shipping in the harbor at Rabaul, New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 90+ B-24's and fighters attack the wharf areas of Rabaul on New Britain Island while Japanese airplanes from surrounding airfields search for the carrier force that hit Rabaul earlier in the day. In New Guinea, B-26's and P-39's hit Bogadjim Road, B-25's pound positions NW of Dumpu, and P-39's bomb and strafe the Madang area; P-47's over Wewak encounter a force of fighters and claim about 20 shot down.

The 67TCS, 433TCG, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The ground echelon of the 23(Anti-sub)S(H), I BC, at Smoky Hill AAFld, Kansas is disbanded. The air echelon is at Edinburgh Field, Trinidad with a detachment at Zandery Field, Surinam with B-25's.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): Advanced HQ, 7AF, is set up on Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands to provide a HQ closer to targets in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands. VII Air Force Service Command and VII BC also establish forward echelons at Funafuti. Landing fields are being built on Baker Island; and Nukufetau and Nanumea Islands in the Ellice Islands, to be used, along with existing fields at Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands and Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands as operational bases for attacks on Tarawa Atoll and Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands; Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands; Maloelap and Jaluit Atolls in the Marshall Islands and Nauru Island. These operations will mark the assumption of the offensive by the 7AF and will play a conspicuous role in the invasion and occupation of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 2 B-24's lay mines in the Rangoon River during the night of 6/7 Nov.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 123. 2 B-17's drop 440,000 leaflets over Paris at 0241-0250 hours.

The 36BS(H), 8AF, arrives at Alconbury, England from the U.S. The squadron will begin flying CARPETBAGGER missions in Dec 43.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ IX BC arrives at Marks Hall, England from Bengasi, Libya.

HQ 315TCG and it's 34TCS transfer from Aldermaston to Welford, England. The 34th is operating from Blida, Algeria with C-47's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, 4 B-17's attack the Fiora River bridge, 3 attack a bridge N of Orbetello, and 11 P-38's attack a bridge S of Orvieto. P-38's escorted by others, hit approaches to a bridge near Monte Molino, and the escorting fighters afterwards strafe Tarquinia Airfield, a train N of Civitavecchia, and vehicles between Montefiascone and Vetralla.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, XII Air Support Command fighter-bombers strike gun positions, bridges, and roads around Mignano, vehicles N of Cassino, and a train N of Aquino airfield. Other Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF) fighters attack numerous road and rail transport targets through-out Italy N of the battleline and in Yugoslavia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 9 B-25's with USN fighter support hit the airfield and harbor of Buka Island. On Bougainville Island, 1 B-25 bombs Kieta and attacks Tinputs Harbor; 7 barges and small vessels are claimed sunk; 24 B-25's with fighter support follow USN dive bombers and fighters in an attack on Kara Airfield; and 17 B-24's bomb Bonis Airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): P-40's hit Gasmata Island off the south coast of New Britain Island. In New Guinea, enemy airplanes attack Nadzab, Dumpu, and Finschhafen but cause no major damage. The 17RS (Bombardment) and 82RS(Fighter), 71RG, arrive at Milne Bay, New Guinea from the U.S. with B-25's and P-39's respectively. The squadrons will fly their first missions on 28 Jan 44 and 27 Nov respectively.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 2 B-25's pound Amoy harbor, claiming several boats sunk. 6 P-40's attack a bridge at Hsiangyangchiao, causing only minor damage.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 124.

Three targets in Germany are hit without loss. Poor weather restricts operations.

1. 53 of 59 B-17's bomb the Wesel industrial area at 1124-1125 hours; 4 B-17's are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 2 WIA.

2. 60 B-17's are dispatched to the industrial area at Duren; 37 hit the primary target at 1114 hours and 20 hit Randerath, the secondary target, at 1114-1125 hours; 2 B-17's are damaged.

3. 2 of 3 B-17 pathfinders escort the B-17's dispatched to Duren but an Oboe PFF failure resulted in the bombs being widely scattered. The bombers are escorted by 283 P-47's; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 6 P-47's are lost; casualties are 6 MIA.

HQ 20CBW(H) transfers from Hethel to Hardwick, England.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 200+ B-26's dispatched to attack airfields at Montdidier and Meulan-Les Mureaux, France are forced to abort the mission because of bad weather. The B-26's are escorted by 54 P-38's and 49 P-47's of the 8AF; 2 P-38's are lost.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Bad weather cancels heavy bomber operations.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): NATBF bombers hit gun position along the British Eighth and US Fifth Army fronts, shipping at Ancona, Italy harbor, and the town of Ulcinj, Yugoslavia; Durazzo, Albania is bombed at night. XII Air Support Command and other fighters of the NATAF hit the harbor and shipping at Split and a train near Metkovic, Yugoslavia, and attack bridges, road junctions, town area, and trucks in the Mignano-Cassino and Pontecorvo, Italy. areas.

The 10TCS, 60TCG, transfer from Gela to Gerbini, Sicily with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 8 B-25's bomb barge concentration and beach targets in Atsinima Bay.

21 B-24's pound the airfield on Buka Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island, 25 B-24's, with an escort of 60+ P-38's, bomb Rapopo airstrip; a large force of enemy fighters intercepts the formations and in the ensuing battle 5 P-38's are lost; US airplanes claim 20+ fighters shot down and several more destroyed on the ground. In New Guinea, 9 B-25's bomb Wewak and 40+ others turn back when the fighter escort is intercepted by airplanes over Nadzab; enemy aircraft attack Nadzab and Bena Bena; 16 US aircraft are destroyed or damaged by the raids but 14 airplanes are shot down by US fighters.

HQ 71RG arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the U.S.

The 529BS(H), 380BG(H), transfers from Manbulloo to Long Strip, Australia with B-24's.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 73FS, 318FG, transfers from Mokuleia Field to Bellows Field, Territory of Hawaii with P-47's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 5 B-24's lay mines in the Rangoon River during the night of 8/9 Nov.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 2 B-25's bomb the Kiungshan airfield, scoring direct hits on 2 hangars; 6 P-40's attack Hsiangyangchiao bridge, causing little damage.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 125: 2 B-17's drop 312,000 leaflets over Paris at 0038-0042 hours.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, 81 B-17's bomb the Turin ball bearing works, marshalling yard, and nearby motor and aircraft engine works; P-38's provide escort as far N as Imperia.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Weather cancels all XII Air Support

Command missions except fighter patrols. In Italy, NATBF bombers and RAF DAF fighters fly only 6 missions, hitting gun positions along the battleline, vehicles W of the Sangro River, and trains at Civitanova and Pescara.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 22 B-24's bomb Bonis airfield; 6 B-25's hit targets of opportunity at the month of the Laruma River and NW of Torokina while 6 others bomb Kieta.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's on armed reconnaissance bomb Garove Island in the Bismarck Archipelago and hit Kaimana, New Guinea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): HQ 11BG(H) transfers from Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii to Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-24's attack the Villarperosa ball-bearing works at Turin and B-17's hit the Genoa-Ansaldo steel works. P-38's provide escort.

The 441, 442d, 443and 444BS(M), 320BG(M), transfer from El Bathan, Tunisia to Decimomannu, Sardinia with B-26's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, the NATBF bombs Formia and Itri as a diversion to the naval bombardment of Formia and Gaeta.

XII Air Support Command fighter-bombers attack roads and bridges in the Mignano-Ceprano area while other NATAF fighter-bombers hit shipping in the harbor at Split, Yugoslavia and rail targets in the Rome-La Spezia area and vessels, radio stations, and gun emplacements off the coast of Albania.

The 12TCS, 60TCG, transfers from Gela to Gerbini, Sicly with C-47's. The squadron has been operating from Comiso since 22 Oct.

The 379BS(M), 310BG(M), transfers from Menzel Temime, Tunisia to Philippeville, Algeria with B-25's. The squadron is operating from El Adem, Libya.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, B-25's hit the airfield on Buka Island. On Bougainville Island, B-25's bomb Kieta and 20+ B-24's pound Kara and Kahili airfields. P-39's join USN aircraft in strikes on Kara airfield and the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea,40+ B-25's and A-20's, escorted by P-38's and P-47's, pound the airfield at Alexishafen, destroying at least 12 enemy airplanes; US fighters claim destruction of 10-15 interceptors in combat; other fighters claim 20+ aircraft shot down over Sek Harbor, the Markham River Valley, and Lae. On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, B-25's bomb a fuel dump and shipping in the Rein Bay area, and P-40's bomb dumps on Gasmata Island. B-24's on patrol claim sinking of a destroyer near Kavieng, New Ireland Island.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The 27BS(H), 30BG(H), transfers from Mokuleia Field, Territory of Hawaii to Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands with B-24's. They will fly their first Mission on 14 Nov.

The 392BS(H), 30BG(H) transfers from Barking Sands, Territory of Hawaii to Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands with B-24's. They will fly their first Mission on 22 Nov.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, fighters on armed reconnaissance sink 3 large motor boats in the Yoyang-Sinti area and damage or sink 15 sampans and a barge in the Hwajung-Shasi vicinity.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 126: 5 B-17's drop 1million leaflets over Paris, Rennes, Le Mans and Rouen, France at 2020-2051 hours.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): Around 60 B-26's bomb Chievres airfield, Belgium. In France, bad weather causes the force sent to bomb Lille/Vendeville airfield to abandon their mission, though a few bombers manage to bomb other targets in the area; a force of 72 B-26's dispatched to attack Montdidier airfield suffers numerous aborts due to weather; 6 bombers manage to bomb the airfield believed to be the secondary target of Amiens/Glisy.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-24's bomb the Villarperosa ball-bearing works at Turin, and B-17's pound a bridge and marshalling yards at Bolzano. P-38's escort the B-24's all the way and accompany the B-17's almost to the target.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): NATBF bombers hit shipping at Split, Yugoslavia and Durazzo, Albania. In Italy, XII Air Support Command and RAF fighter-bombers hit Rocca and nearby gun positions, and trains and troops S of Rome; fighters strafe trucks and trains in the Rome-La Spezia and the Piombino-Leghorn areas.

HQ 310BG(M) and it's 380BS(M) transfer from Menzel Temime, Tunisia to Philippeville, Algeria with B-25's. A detachment of the 380th is operating from Oudna, Tunisia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 20+ B-25's carry out strikes on Kara airfield on Bougainville Island and the airfield on Ballale Island and attack shipping between Suhane Island and Tarlena.

The 69BS(M), 42BG(M), transfers from New Caledonia Island to the Russell Islands with B-25's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb Lakunai airfield on New Britain Island, hit a new landing ground on Duke of York Island east of Rabaul, and bomb Soerabaja, Java. B-25's thoroughly pound Alexishafen airfield on New Guinea.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): Japanese aircraft bomb Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands, hitting the airfield and destroying or damaging several airplanes, including 1 B-24.

The 26th and 98BS(H), 11BG(H), transfer from Wheeler Field and Mokuleia, Territory of Hawaii respectively to Nukufetau Island in the Ellice Islands with B-24's. They will fly their first combat mission on 14 Nov.

The 431BS(H), 11BG(H), transfers from Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii to Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands. They will fly their first Mission on 13 Nov.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 6 B-24's bomb the Burma Road about 375 miles (600 km) W of Tungling, producing a landslide and badly damaging the road; 6 P-40's S of Yoyang knock out a gun emplacement and hit a radio station, barracks, and hostels in the area; 8 more P-40's, on armed reconnaissance in the Li-Chou-Ching-Shih area, strafe a pontoon bridge and troops, and sink a river steamer, a motorboat, and several small supply boats.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 479th Antisubmarine Group and it's 4th, 6th, 19th and 22(Anti-sub)SS(H) are disbanded at Podington, England.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 127: Two areas in Germany are targetted.

1. 57 of 167 B-17's hit the marshalling yard at Munster at 1408 hours; 1 B-17 hits Cleve; the rest abort the mission because of bad weather that hinders assembly; they claim 10-0-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 27 damaged; casualties are 4 WIA and 40 MIA.

2. 180 B-17's, including 5 PFF aircraft, dispatched to Wesel, abort the mission over the English Channel due to assembly difficulties and the presence of heavy frontal cloud; 1 B-17 is damaged; no casualties.

The two missions above are escorted to 59 P-38's and 342 P-47's; the P-47's claim 8-1-2 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-47's are lost and 1 is damaged; casualties are 2 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 128: 1 PFF B-17 is dispatched to Emmerich, Germany but hits Rees at 2057 hours in an Oboe test.

VIII BC Mission 129: 1 PFF B-17 hits Emmerich at 2115 in an Oboe test.

The 406BS(H), 1Bombardment Division, transfers to Alconbury, England with B-24's. The squadron will begin flying CARPETBAGGER missions on 5 Jan 44.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 157 B-26's bomb military installations and targets of opportunity in the Cherbourg, France area, mainly at Martinvast.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In France, 28 B-24's attack the Annecy ball bearing plant and the viaduct at Antheor.

HQ 47BW(M) transfers from Hammamet, Tunisia to Manduria, Italy.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, US and RAF light bombers and fighter-bombers, in support of the US Fifth and British Eighth Armies, hit troop and gun concentrations and communications in the Rocca and Palena areas; other NATAF aircraft bomb the town of Rocca, Bussi sul Tirino explosive works near Popoli, and docks at Civitavecchia, and strafe strongpoints at Roccaraso and Atessa; fighters hit motor transport in the coastal area between the Sangro and Pescara Rivers.

The 414NPS, 63FW, transfers from Rerhaia, Algeria to Elmas, Sardinia with Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, a few B-25's and USN F4U's strafe barges and shore installations in Matchin Bay on Bougainville Island. B-24's join 5AF, USN carrier aircraft, and (RAAF) airplanes in attack on shipping in Rabaul harbor on New Britain Island; this is the Thirteenth's first strike on Rabaul. Escorting fighters claim 17 Japanese fighters shot down while the bombers claim 5.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb Lakunai airfield on New Britain Island. In New Guinea, P-39's strafe Bogadjim and B-25's hit the Madang area.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): HQ 30BG(H) and it's 38BS(H) transfer from Hickam Field and Kahuku, Territory of Hawaii respectively to Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands with B-24's. The 38th will fly it's first Mission on 16 Nov. The air echelon of the 26BS(H), 11BG(H), based on Nukufetau Island in the Ellice Islands begins operating from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands with B-24's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 14 Nov.

The 819BS(H), 30BG(H), transfers from Barking Sands to Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii with B-24's. The 819th supplies the group with replacement crews and aircraft.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 2 B-24's mine the Rangoon River during the night of 12/13 Nov.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 10 B-25's and 24 P-40's attack Yoyang, hitting the warehouse area, railroad yards, and AA positions; 5 B-25's bomb the Yangchi Kang waterfront area and attack waterfront targets at Puchi; 6 B-25's and 12 fighters hit targets at Yoyang; 15 P-40's and a B-25 on armed reconnaissance hit several targets of opportunity in the Lungling area and between Yang-Chia-Kang and Sichai.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 9AF issues Tables of Organization for the IX Fighter Command, authorizing 2 air support divisions, 5 FWs, 1RG, 21FGs, and 65 fighter squadrons. 3 combat wings are activated for the IX BC: the 97CBW(M) at Marks Hall which will control light bomber groups; the 98CBW(M), formerly the 3BW, at Earls Colne; and the 99CBW(M), formerly the 44BW(H), at Great Dunmow.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-26's attack railroadbridges and tracks in the Montalto di Castro and Orbetello areas, but heavycloud cover prevents effective hits on the targets. P-38's fly an air-searescue patrol off the mouth of the Semeni River in Albania.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, NATBF light bombers hitguns, troops, and railway facilities near Palena, the town of Atina, and theroad at Acquafondata. Medium bombers hit the Berat/Kucove airfield and an oilrefinery in Albania after failing to locate targets near Athens, Greece. InItaly during the night of 12/13 Nov, light bombers attack the Arezzomarshalling yard and Perugia airfield; fighter-bombers of the XII Air SupportCommand and RAF DAF continue to provide close support to the US Fifth andBritish Eighth Armies, blasting gun positions and motor transport, and alsoattacking targets (aircraft, guns, rail yards, bridge, and trains) aroundBracciano Lake, Orbetello, Rieti, Sant'Elia Fiumerapido, Opuzen, Ancona, andIesi.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's bomb Tarlena; 6 others bomb the Matchin Bay area; and 8 P-38's strafe Bonis airfield.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's and B-26's bomb villages between Finschhafen and Saidor. B-24's attack targets on Java and on Amboina Island in the Moluccas Islands. On this date, following a series of damaging allied strikes, the Japanese remove their carrier aircraft from Rabaul, New Britain Island, which afterwards ceases to be a serious threat to Allied forces.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: HQ AAF issues an order redesignating Reconnaissance Squadrons as TRSs.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): The air attack for Operation GALVANIC (the assault on the Gilbert Islands) begins. 18 B-24's from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands bomb Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands; 1 B-24 is lost.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, a single B-24 mines the Rangoon River during the night of 13/14 Nov.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 130: 79 of 159 B-17's, 61 of 109 B-24's and 3 of 4 B-17 PFF aircraft hit the port area at Bremen and targets of opportunity in the Kiel-Flensburg area at 1120-1145 hours; 100+ aircraft abort the mission due to weather; they claim 20-14-13 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's and 13 B-24's are lost; 3 B-17's and 3 B-24's are damaged beyond repair and 12 B-17's and 10 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 21 KIA, 26 WIA and 162 MIA. The bombers are escorted by 45 P-38's (all the way to the target) and 345 P-47's; they claim 10-3-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 P-38's and 3 P-47's are lost; 2 P-38's are damaged beyond repair; 5 P-38's and 2 P-47's are damaged; casualties are 9 MIA.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 354FG and it's 353d, 355th and 356FSs transfer from Greenham Common to Boxted, England with P-51's. They will fly their first Mission on 1 Dec.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Weather limits operations to air-sea rescue patrols which are hampered by overcast.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, NATBF light bombers hit Palena and Atina and later bomb Civitavecchia harbor and a road W of Terracina;

XII Air Support Command fighter-bombers, along with RAF DAF airplanes, bomb Giulianova harbor and shipping, roads leading to the battle zone, and landing grounds of Aquino, Frosinone, and Marcigliana; fighters hit train and trucks in the Pescara-Rieti area.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 17 B-24's pound AA positions, dispersal areas, and runway at Bonis airfield on Bougainville Island. 6 B-25's carry out a low-level raid on the airfield on Buka Island. Night fighters harass the Shortland Island and Kahili and Bonis airfields on Bougainville, claiming 4 grounded airplanes destroyed at the latter.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, nearly 120 B-24's and B-25's pound Alexishafen, and P-40's strafe the area.

Other B-24's hit Gasmata Island off New Britain Island and Kaukenau and Timoeka, New Guinea. B-25's and (RAAF) Beaufighters claim the sinking of a small freighter off Tanimbar Island in the Moluccas Islands.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 9 B-24's from Nukufetau Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands; 9 from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands hit Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): NATBF) B-25's, escorted by 15AF P-38's, bomb the Sofia, Bulgaria marshalling yard; the P-38's claim 5 enemy aircraft destroyed. In Italy, XII Air Support Command operations are curtailed by weather, and only battle area patrols are flown;

RAF DAF fighter-bombers hit trains on the E coast of Italy near Avezzano, along the Dalmatian coast SE of Metkovic, Yugoslavia, and at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia; fighters strafe the airfields at Furbara and Tarquinia, Italy.

The 428BS(M), 310BG(M), ceases operating from Oudna and returns to it's base at Menzel Temime, Tunisia with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, P-70 night fighters hit the Shortland Island-Faisi Island area, claiming a seaplane and 2 barges destroyed.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's attack a supply and bivouac area W of Sio, New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 20+ B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands and Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands, Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands, and Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 20 B-24's are dispatched against the Hong Kong-Kowloon area. Bad weather prevents 15 bombers from bombing the targets; 5 bomb the docks at Kowloon.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-24's bomb Eleusis airfield in Greece; P-38's provide escort.

HQ 42BG(M) transfers from Ariana, Tunisia to Elmas, Sardinia.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): XII Air Support Command B-25's bomb Kalamaki airfield in Greece, and its fighters patrol the battle area. Other NATAF fighters hit road traffic S of Ancona, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 20 B-24's strike the airfield on Buka Island. On Bougainville Island, 18 B-24's bomb Kahili; fighter patrols destroy or damage several barges along the coast and destroy 2 fuel dumps at Tonolai.

The 72BS(H), 5BG(H), ceases operating from Guadalcanal Island and returns to it's base at Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's.

The 106RS (Bombardment), III Reconnaissance Command, arrives on Guadalcanal Island from the US with B-25's. The squadron will be reassigned to the 13AF on 19 Nov and will fly it's first Mission on 30 Jan 44.

The 419NPS, XIII Fighter Command, arrives on Guadalcanal Island from the US with P-38's and P-70's. The squadron will fly it's first Mission on 10 Dec.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 30+ B-24's pound Alexishafen; 88 B-25's heading for Wewak and Boram with an escort of 16 P-40's are intercepted by Japanese fighters that are escorting bombers attacking Gusap; the resulting battle causes the B-25's to abort the attack; the US airplanes claim 20 of the enemy shot down; 2 P-40's are lost; P-47's claim 5 more aircraft destroyed over Wewak.

The 68TCS, 433TCG transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab, New Guinea with C-47's.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): B-24's from Nanumea and Nukufetau Islands in the Ellice Islands bomb Jaluit and Maloelap Atolls in the Marshall Islands. Single aircraft hit Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands and Little Makin Island and Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 11 B-24's, 2 B-25's, and 4 P-40's attack the docks at Kowloon; 2 B-25's damage 2 freighters near Nampang and Saint John Island, 2 more score hits on a tanker off the China coast S of Swatow, and 2 others bomb barracks and a warehouse on Nampang Island; 6 P-40's on armed reconnaissance in the Yen Bay-Dong Cuong area of French Indochina strafe railroad stations and barracks; 1 B-25 and 12 P-40's hit a cavalry unit, barge, houses, and numerous sampans at Shihmen; the Li-Chou area also is attacked.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AF: Air Marshal Sir Tafford L Leigh-Mallory, RAF, is named Air Commander-in-Chief, Allied Expeditionary AF (AEAF). Brigadier General William O Butler, USAAF, is named Deputy Commanding General.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 131.

Two targets in Norway are hit with the loss of 2 bombers.

1. 130 of 189 B-17's hit the industrial area at Knaben at 1133-1238 hours; they claim 2-0-4 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 B-17 is lost and 7 damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 10 MIA.

2. 147 of 160 B-17's hit the industrial area at Rjukan at 1143-1145 hours; 1 B-17 is lost and 1 damaged beyond repair; casualties are 2 KIA and 10 MIA.

3. 29 of 39 B-24's hit the industrial area at Rjukan at 1204-1212 hours; no losses or casualties.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In France, B-17's bomb the Istres-Le-Tube airfield, and B-26's hit Salon-de-Provence airfield. P-38's escort the B-26's and also a NATAF B-25 attack on the airfield at Eleusis, Greece.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): B-25's bomb the airfields at Sibenik, Yugoslavia and Eleusis, Greece; the latter Mission is escorted by 15AF P-38's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands during the night of 15/16 Nov P-70's harass Kahili airfield on Bougainville Island. In the daylight, 20 B-25's and 4 B-24's pound the airfield on Buka Island, 20+ other B-25's fly sweeps over areas of the Bougainville coastline, Buka Passage, and Sohano Island; supply dumps and barges are hit; 30+ P-40's and P-39's also carry out sweeps over the area, hitting gun positions and other targets in the Buka Passage, several targets of opportunity along the E coast, Kieta harbor, Tonolai harbor, and Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, B-25's hit installations near Finschhafen and bomb and strafe a coastal track west of Reiss Point; P-39's, with P-40's covering, strafe barges from Saidor to Madang. P-38'a battle a large force of fighters over Wewak, destroying 6; 2 P-38's are lost.

The 7FS, 49FG, transfers from Dobodura to Gusap, New Guinea with P-40's and P-47's.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 20+ B-24's from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands and Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands, Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 8 P-40's strafe the airfield and barracks at Kengtung, 4 others hit construction equipment at Dong Cuong Airfield in French Indochina and 8 attack Pingkai and targets of opportunity between Pingkai and Tahsai on the Salween River.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 50TCW arrives at Cottesmore, England from the U.S.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-17's hit the airfield at Eleusis, Greece, destroying several parked airplanes and scoring many hits on hangars, other buildings, and runways; P-38's escort the B-17's as well as NATAF B-25's attacking the airfield at Kalamaki, Greece.

HQ 376BG(H) transfers from Enfidaville, Tunisia to San Pancrazio, Italy.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): B-25's bomb the airfield at Kalamaki, Greece. In Italy, fighters hit trucks N of Ancona at Macerata.

The 87FS, 79FG, transfers from Salsola to Madna Airfield, Italy with P-40's.

The 381BS(M), 310BG(M), ceases operating from Oudna, Tunisia and returns to it's base at Menzel Temime, Tunisia with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 30+ B-25's hit the airfield on Buka Island and surrounding areas during the night of 16/17 Nov; 2 squadrons of B-24's follow with a daylight strike on the same target; 8 other B-24's bomb Buka and Bonis on Bougainville Island at various times during the night of 16/17 Nov; during the afternoon 3 B-25's hit Kieta on Bougainville.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb Soerabaja and Tjepoe, Java and Denpasar in the Sunda Islands during the night of 17/18 Nov, and B-25's bomb a freighter off Tanimbar Island in the Moluccas Islands. In New Guinea during the day, 58 B-24's are dispatched to support an attack by the Australian 9 Division on Sattelberg, but because of bad weather only 3 B-24's [along with 12 RAAF aircraft] get through to the target; P-47's strafe Japanese shipping between Saidor and Finschhafen.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 19 B-24's from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands; 2 others hit Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 12 P-40's strafe troops and horses and sink a troop barge at Shihmen; 4 others, in support of Chinese forces, strafe the Tahsai ferry.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 132. 82 of 102 B-24's hit the Oslo/Kjeller Airfield in Norway; they claim 10-7-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 9 B-24's are lost, 3 are damaged beyond repair and 10 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 9 WIA and 91 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 133: 5 B-17's drop 980,000 leaflets over Paris, Orleans, Chartres, Rennes and Le Mans, France between 2015 and 2041 hours; no losses or casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): Aircraft of the IX Troop Carrier Command carry paratroops of the US 1O1Airborne Division in a rehearsal of cross-channel operations. This is the first of an extended series of training exercises to be conducted prior to the Normandy invasion.

HQ 50TCW transfers from Cottesmore to Bottesford, England.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-17's, with P-38 escort, pound the airfield at Eleusis, Greece. P-38's also escort an NATAF attack on the same target and escort a supply dropping Mission to Yugoslavia.

HQ 98BG(H) and it's 343d, 344th, 345th and 415BS(H) transfer from Hergla, Tunisia to Brindisi, Italy with B-24's.

The 514BS(H), 376BG(H), transfers from Enfidaville, Tunisia to San Pancrazio, Italy with B-24's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Medium and light bombers of the XII Air Support Command and RAF attack the airfield at Larissa, Greece, a billeting area at Rivisondoli, Italy and road, railway and town area W of San Vito Chietino and at Lanciano, Italy. In Yugoslavia, fighter-bombers hit a ship in the Krka River, trains at Knin marshalling yard and between Knin and Kosovo, the landing ground at Sinj, harbor and vessels at Sibenik, and defended points and gun positions along the battleline in Italy.

HQ 33FG transfers from Paestum to Santa Maria, Italy.

The 23(Photo)RS, 5(Photo)RG, based at La Marsa, Tunisia with F-5's, begins operating from Foggia, Italy.

The 345FS, 350FG, transfers from Rerhaia, Algeria to Sardinia with P-39's.

The 347FS, 350FG, transfers from Djidjelli to Rerhaia, Algeria with P-39's.

The 381BS(M), 310BG(M), transfers from Menzel Temime, Tunisia to Philippeville, Algeria with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 4 squadrons of B-24's pound the airfields on Buka Island and at Kara, Bougainville Island; 3 B-25's strafe Greenwich Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 30+ B-25's and B-26's hit enemy positions in the Sattelberg area; B-24's carry out a light raid on Fak Fak; and P-40's bomb Iworep.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 31 B-24's from Ellice Island bases hit Makin Island and Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, B-25's on shipping sweeps in the S China Sea strafe 2 vessels off Hong Kong, score damaging hits on 2 vessels at Kiungshan, damage a freighter off Tsao Tao Island, and leave a gunboat and freighter sinking E of Swatow; warehouses and wharves at Swatow also are hit.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 134: 127 of 161 B-17's and 3 of 6 B-17 PFF aircraft are dispatched to Gelsenkirchen, Germany but the malfunction of blind-bombing equipment and the weather causes the force to attack targets of opportunity on the German-Dutch border at 1241-1251hours; 1 B-17 crashes after takeoff; the crew of 10 are KIA.

VIII BC Mission 135: 6 B-17's drop 2.316 million leaflets on Amiens and Reims, France; Brussels and Ghent, Belgium; and Amsterdam and The Hague, The Netherlands at 1915-2011hours; no losses.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 100+ B-26's dispatched to attack airfields in France abort the mission when bad weather prevents rendezvous with the fighter escorts.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Weather causes the recall of all aircraft dispatched.

The 512th, 513th and 515BS(H), 376BG(H), transfer from Enfidaville, Tunisia to San Pancrazio, Italy with B-24's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, XII Air Support Command A-36's and P-40's bomb a bridge E of Cassino and the bridge and village of Pontecorvo, and, along with RAF DAF fighter-bombers, hit strongpoints around the village of Barrea while supporting ground forces. Fighters (mostly RAF DAF): also strafe trucks and trains around Rieti, Italy and Metkovic, Yugoslavia.

HQ 79FG and it's 85th and 86FSs transfer from Foggia to Madna Airfield, Italy with P-40's.

HQ 86FBG and it's 525FBS transfer from Serretella Airfield to Pomigliano, Italy with A-36's.

HQ 340BG(M) and it's 486BS(M) transfer from San Pancrazio to Foggia, Italy with B-25's.

The 380BS(M), 310BG(M), based at Philippeville, Algeria, ceases operating from Oudna, Tunisia with B-25's and returns to base.

The 428BS(M), 310BG(M), transfers from Menzel Temime, Tunisia to Philippeville, Algeria with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 10 B-25's bomb the Matchin Bay area on Bougainville Island and the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, nearly 30 B-25's and B-26's bomb positions in the Sattelberg area; A-20's hit the Finschhafen area. B-25's attack Kentengi Anchorage in the Bismarck Archipelago.

HQ 58FG arrives at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from the US.

The 25LS, 5AF, arrives at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from the US with L-5's.

The 25th and 26(Photo)RSs, 6(Photo)RG, arrive at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia from the US with F-5's.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 1943

AMERICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (2AF): HQ XX BC is activated at Smoky Hill AAFld, Kansas.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 2 B-25's hit warehouses and barracks on Nampang Island; weather prevents completion of several other scheduled missions.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Weather cancels all bomber operations. Operations are restricted to weather reconnaissance from Decimomannu, Sardinia to Cape Linaro, Italy.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, XII Air Support Command and RAF DAF fighters carry out uneventful armed reconnaissance; the NATBF hits the Porto Civitanova railway junction, Pedaso, Giulianova, and Loreto.

HQ 321BG(M) and it's 445th and 448BSS(M) transfer from Grottaglie to Amendola, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 45 B-25's, Royal New Zealand AF (RNZAF): Ventura's and P-38's attack Bonis airfield; a few other B-25's strafe coastal villages in the Empress Augusta Bay region.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50 B-25's and B-26's pound Japanese positions in the Sattelberg area and sink or damage at least 10 luggers in Hansa Bay; A-20's hit the Lae area. 50 B-24's bomb Gasmata Island off the S coast of New Britain Island. HQ 49FG transfers from Dobodura to Gusap, New Guinea.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): Following the 20 Nov amphibious landings on Tarawa Atoll and Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands, the 7AF resumes operations against the Marshall Islands, in support of the base-development phase of Operation GALVANIC (the assault on the Gilbert Islands) and in preparation for invasion of the Marshall Islands [Operation FLINTLOCK (operations against Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls) and Operation CATCHPOLE (operations against Eniwetok and Ujelang Atolls)]. B-24's from Funafuti Atoll and Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Nauru Island in the Gilbert Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 29 P-40's strafe 100+ sampans and small boats on Tungting Lake in the Li-Chou-Changte-Ansiang area; 12 P-40's attack 5 vessels, 20 houses, and 100 men at Shihmen and between Shihmen and Li-Chou; 8 others hit troops and small river boats near Tsowshih; 12 P-40's and 4 B-25's pound the town of Tzeli; 4 other B-25's on shipping sweeps over the S China Sea damage a freighter and blast buildings at Taiping-hsu airfield.

The 76FS, 23FG, transfers from Hengyang to Kweilin, China with P-40's; a detachment of the squadron is operating from Suichwan.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-26's bomb the harbor at Civitavecchia, a bridge at Fano, and marshalling yard at Chiusi; P-38's provide escort to the latter target.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, NATBF B-25's bomb gun emplacements at Gaeta; US and RAF fighter-bombers of the RAF DAF hit strongpoints in the Santa Maria Imbaro and Poggiofiorito areas; fighters carry out patrols and reconnaissance along the battleline along the Corigliano and Sangro Rivers.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Brigadier General Nathan F Twining, USAAF, Commander Air Solomons (COMAIRSOLS), is succeeded by Major General Ralph J Mitchell, USMC. A few B-25's on a shipping search strafe Kieta on Bougainville Island

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb Gasmata Island off New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

In New Guinea, A-20's again hit the Finschhafen area; B-25's and B-24's hit shipping and other targets on Aroe Island and off Manokwari. HQ 58FG transfers from Sydney, New South Wales to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The group's 69th and 311FSs arrive at Brisbane from the US with P-47's. They will fly their first Mission on 17 and 2 Feb 44 respectively.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 11 B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands. The B-24's claim 2 interceptors shot down.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 12 P-40's strafe river traffic from Hofuh to Changte, and 16 attack numerous small troop boats on Tungting Lake, W of Changteh.

MTO - : President Franklin D Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston S Churchill and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek confer in Cairo, Egypt. Talks last until 26 Nov and concern Operation OVERLORD (the overall plan for the invasion of W Europe), the possibility of expanding operations in the MTO - , and future operations against Japan. It is decided to make an amphibious landing and offensive in Burma (Operation CHAMPION) and to base B-29's in the China-Burma-India Theater (Operation TWILIGHT).

The 90(Photo)Wing(R) is activated at La Marsa, Tunisia. The group will provide photographic reconnaissance for both the Twelfth and 15AFs until the wing's groups were reassigned on 1Oct 44.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-26's, escorted by P-38's, hit the railroad center at Foligno, scoring numerous hits; others attack a bridge at Ciciana.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, 100+ XII Air Support Command P-40's, B-25's, and RAF Baltimores, attack strongpoints in the Lanciano-Fossacesia area, concentrating on gun positions; P-40's also hit roads and railways at Fabriano, the towns of Viticuso and Vallerotonda, and as far N as Urbino; A-36's hit chemical works, harbor and railroad yards at Civitavecchia and bomb the village of San Vittore del Lazio.

The 99FS, XII Air Support Command, transfers from Foggia to Madna, Italy with P-40's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, P-40's in a battle with 30-40 fighters over Empress Augusta Bay, claim 5 fighters shot down; P-38's strafe barges and shore targets at Chabai. 20+ B-25's, along with 5 RNZAF Ventura's, 8 P-38's and 8 USN F4U's, attack the airfield on Buka Island scoring hits on the airstrip and taxiways.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 22 B-25's and A-20's attack villages around Sattelberg, New Guinea. 100+ B-25's and B-24's bomb Gasmata Island south of New Britain Island and Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island. B-24's on armed reconnaissance score hits on freighter near Kavieng, New Ireland Island and a tanker and barge in the Bismarck Sea.

The 17RS (Bombardment) and 82RS (Fighter), 71RG, transfer from Milne Bay to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-25's and P-39's respectfully. They will fly their first Mission on 28 Jan 44 and 27 Nov 43 respectively.

The 418NPS, V Fighter Command, transfers from Milne Bay to Dobodura, New Guinea with P-38's and P-70's.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 12BS(M), 25BG(M), transfers from Dakota Field, Aruba, Netherlands West Indies to Coolidge Field, Antigua, British West Indies, with B-18's and B-25's.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 6 B-24's from Nukufetau Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Emidj and Jabor Islands, Jaluit Atoll, in the Marshall Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 13 B-25's, 24 P-40's, and 7 P-51's pound the Yoyang railroad yards and warehouse area; 8 other P-40's, on armed reconnaissance over the Hanshow area, strafe barges, boats, supplies, and cavalry forces.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): In France, 83 B-26's bomb Berck-sur-Mer and Saint-Omer/Longuenesse airfields.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Weather limits operations to fighter patrols of the battle area.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): Major General Hubert R Harmon, USAAF, assumes duties as Deputy Commander for Air in the South Pacific Area (SOPAC).

Colonel Earl W Barnes assumes command of the XIII Fighter Command. On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, Chabai is attacked by 23 B-25's, 6 RNZAF Venturas, and 24 USN F4U's; 2 B-24's bomb the same targets later in the day; 19 B-24's hit Bonis airfield and Buka airfield on Buka Island; 4 B-25's on a shipping sweep bomb and strafe villages along the coast between Mabiri and Luluai.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's and A-20's hit villages around Finschhafen, New Guinea. B-24's attack a convoy near Halmahera Island in the Moluccas Islands and sink 1 vessel.

Two new units arrive at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from the US: 1. The 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 4PRG, with F-7's. They will fly their first Mission on 5 Apr 44.

2. The 310FS, 58FG, arrives with P-47's. They will fly their first Mission on 24 Feb 44.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 20 B-24's out of Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands, scoring hits on the landing ground and a cargo vessel.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 5 B-25's and 16 P-40's bomb Hanshow and strafe 15-20 small boats N of the city; 2 other B-25's attack the harbor and town of Amoy; 2 direct hits are scored on a docked freighter. .

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 136: 7 B-17's dropped 2.4 million leaflets over Lille, France; and Brussels, Antwerp, Charleroi/Gosselies and Ghent, Belgium between 2026-2111hours. No losses or casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 100FW is activated at Boxted, England.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-17's, with P-38 escorts, strike the submarine base at Toulon, France and the marshalling yard at Sofia, Bulgaria.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, NATBF bombers, along with RAF DAF fighter-bombers, in close support of the British Eighth Army, hit gun positions and defended points in the Fossacesia area; XII Air Support Command A-36's, in support of the US Fifth Army, hit roads NW of battleline, and bomb the harbor at Civitavecchia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 25 B-24's bomb Chabai and Buka Island; 20 B-25's hit the airfield at Kahili and 6 others bomb and strafe a possible radio station at Mutupina Point; fighter patrols strafe Gazelle and Queen Carola Harbors, sinking a barge and damaging a schooner.

The 371BS(H), 307BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's, begins operating from Guadalcanal Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): Colonel Neel E Kearby becomes Commanding Officer of the V Fighter Command. In New Guinea, 30+ B-25's, B-26's, and A-20's bomb village of Kalasa; 15 A-20's and B-25's, with P-38's escorting, hit stores and supplies in the Finschhafen area. 20+ B-24's, supported by P-38's, bomb Gasmata Island off New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago. 18 B-25's hit shipping at Halmahera Island in the Moluccas Islands.

The 25LS, V BC, transfers from Sydney, New South Wales to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with L-5's. They will fly their first combat mission in Feb 44.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 1943

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In a raid on Rangoon, Burma, B-24's of the 308BG(H), borrowed from the 14AF, are unable to bomb because of bad weather, but B-25's, covered by P-51's, manage to hit Mingaladon airfield, damaging the field and claiming 2 airplanes destroyed. Japanese fighters intercept and in the ensuing battle the B-25's and P-51's claim 2 shot down; 2 P-51's are lost.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 14 B-25's and 16 P-38's and P-51's attack the airfield at Shinchiku, hitting a parking area, hangars, barracks, and other buildings. 32 enemy aircraft are claimed destroyed in the air and on the ground; 16 P-40's on armed reconnaissance over the Hanshow-Chanpte area sink 2 60-ft (18.3 m) boats and 15 sampans and strafe many small supply and troop carrying boats.

The 16FS, 51FG, transfers from Hengyang to Chengkung, China with P-40's. A detachment begins operating from Tsuyung, China.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS: AEAF: Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford L Leigh-Mallory activates HQ Allied Expeditionary AF (AEAF). The RAF's Second Tactical AF, and-on 15 Dec-the US 9AF (operationally) are included under AEAF.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): In France, bombing by P-47's is inaugurated by the VIII Fighter Command in an attack on Saint-Omer airfield by the 56th and 353FGs; two other FGs, the 55th (P-38's): and 352(P-47's), carry out offensive sweeps in the Lille area; the fighters, including 2 escorting groups, fly over 330 offensive sorties. The 401BG(H) reaches operational status, making 22 heavy bomber groups now operational in the 8AF.

The 712th and 713BS(H), 448BG(H), arrive at Seething, England from the US with B-24's. They will fly their first Mission on 22 Dec.

MTO - ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 2(Anti-sub)S(H), 480(Anti-sub)G, begins a movement from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to the US with B-24's.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Bad weather causes a recall of B-24's dispatched to the air depot at Klagenfurt, Austria. P-38's on supply and air-sea rescue escort duty also abort due to rain storms.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, light and medium bombers of the XII Air Support Command, along with Allied airplanes, bomb gun positions and defended points in the Lanciano-Fossacesia area; medium bombers also hit Sarajevo and Travnik, Yugoslavia and Ancona, Italy; US and RAF fighters attack vehicles, gun positions, and strongpoints in the Casoli-Castelfrentano-Lanciano-Fossacesia area.

The 447BS(M), 321BG(M), transfers from Grottaglie to Amendola, Italy with B-25's.

The 488th and 489BS(M), 340BG(M), transfer from San Pancrazio to Foggia, Italy with B-25's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, P-39's strafe Bogadjim Road; Sattelberg falls to the Australian 9 Division.

The 25(Photo)RS and 26(Photo)RS, 6(Photo)RG, transfer from Sydney, New South Wales to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with F-5's. They will fly their first Mission on 5 Feb and 10 Feb 44 respectively.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 5 B-25's and 16 fighters attack Kiangling airfield; 2 other B-25's damage freighter in Honghai Bay; 12 P-40's attack numerous boats in the Changte-Tehshan area. 8 other P-40's hit railroad yards at Cam Duong, French Indochina.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 138: Bremen, Germany and Paris, France are targetted.

1. 350 of 390 B-17's, 77 of 101 B-24's and 13 of 14 B-17 PFF aircraft attack the port area of Bremen at 1145-1228 hours; they claim 16-3-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 22 B-17's and 3 B-24's are lost; 3 B-17's and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 139 B-17's, 19 B-24's and 7 PFF B-17's are damaged; casualties are 10 KIA, 35 WIA and 215 MIA.

2. 128 B-17's are dispatched to Paris but they abort the mission on arrival over the target because of complete cloud cover which totally obscures the objective; they claim 8-2-3 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 B-17's are lost and 18 damaged; casualties are 3 WIA and 40 MIA.

These missions are escorted by 28 P-38's and 353 P-47's; they claim 36-3-9 Luftwaffe aircraft; 4 P-47's are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 7 damaged; casualties are 4 MIA.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): In France, almost 140 B-26's attack Cambrai/Epinoy and Roye/Amy airfields and military construction in the town of Audinghen.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-17's of the 2 and 99BGS(H) hit the viaduct at Recco; 301BG(H) B-17's bomb Rimini marshalling yard and bridge; 17BG(M) B-26'a bomb Cassino while B-24's of the 376BG(H) attack bridges in the Fano, Cesano, Senigallia, and Falconara areas, scoring hits or near misses at Fano, Falconara and Senigallia.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, B-25's and A-20's along with RAF light bombers, attack the marshalling yard and harbor at Ancona, defended positions near Fossacesia, Lanciano, and Castelfrentano; US and RAF fighter-bombers hit these same positions and also attack troop concentration near Palombaro and N of Casoli.

The detachment of the 12(Photo)RS, 3PRG, at Ajaccio/Campo del Oro, Corsica with F-4's and F-5's, returns to it's base at La Marsa, Tunisia.

The 379BS(M), 310BG(M), based at Philippeville, Libya ceases operating from El Adem, Libya and starts operating from Gambit, Libya with B-25's.

The 487BS(M), 340BG(M), transfers from San Pancrazio to Foggia, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, Buka and Bonis airfields on Bougainville Island are hit by 40+ B-24's, 30+ B-25's, and 30+ fighter aircraft. A few RNZAF Venturas attack Green Island, causing heavy damage in the bivouac and supply area and sinking a barge. A single B-25 bombs the airfield on Ballale Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, almost 40 medium bombers hit barge hideouts near Sio; P-40's and P-47's strafe villages and targets of opportunity around Alexishafen, Madang, and Nubia; P-39's attack a force of about 40 Japanese fighters and bombers in the Finschhafen area, claiming 4 shot down. B-24's bomb Gasmata Island off the coast of New Britain Island and score hits on a cruiser near Ubili, New Britain Island.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR (2AF): Brigadier General Kenneth B Wolfe becomes Commanding General XX BC.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 8 B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands and Nukufetau Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): B-24's, with P-38 escort, and B-25's, covered by P-51's, strike Insein, Burma; Japanese interceptors attack fiercely, shooting down 6 fighters and 3 B-24's; US airplanes claim 19 Japanese fighters downed.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 4 B-25's on sea sweeps attack docks and warehouses at the port of Swatow and hit a convoy of 9 vessels heading S toward Amoy; the B-25's claim 1destroyer sunk and a destroyer and freighter damaged by direct hits.

MTO - ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): The 1(Anti-sub)S(H), 480th Antisubmarine Group, begins a movement from Port Lyautey, French Morocco to the US with B-24's.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-17's, with P-38 escort, bomb the marshalling yard and bridges at Rimini; other B-17's hit bridges and the marshalling yard at Grizzana and a bridge approach on the Reno River 25 miles (40 km) SW of Bologna.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy during the day and night, 12AF fighters, light and medium bombers and aircraft of the associated RAF units of the NATAF attack enemy positions, gun emplacements, roads, vehicles, railroad facilities, and targets of opportunity in the Lanciano-Fossacesia-Castelfrentano-Casoli area. B-25's also bomb Porto Civitanova, Italy and Sibenik, Yugoslavia.

The 5(Photo)S(L), 12AF, transfers from La Marsa, Tunisia to Pomigliano, Italy with F-5's. The 5th has been operating from Pomigliano since 14 Oct.

The 446BS(M), 321BG(M), transfers from Grottaglie to Amendola, Italy with B-25's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 5 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Queen Carola Harbor; 19 B-24's bomb Bonis airfield; a few B-25's and RNZAF Venturas attack the areas at the mouth of the Mobiai River and Mutupina Point. 20+ B-24's, with fighter support, attack the airfield on Buka Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, medium bombers blast the airfield at Boram and the town and harbor at Wewak, claiming 15 airplanes and 12 barges destroyed; medium bombers also bomb the town of Finschhafen.

HQ 6(Photo)RG transfers from Sydney, New South Wales to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 11 B-24's from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands hit Nauru Island.

The 45FS, 15FG, transfers from Baker Island to Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands with P-40N's.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-24's heavily damage the Botataung docks at Rangoon; the B-24's claim 4 interceptors shot down; B-25's pound Sagaing.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 8 P-40's bomb and strafe the barracks area and village on the W bank of the Salween River near Litsaoho; 8 P-40's drop ammunition to besieged Chinese troops at Changte. In French Indochina, 6 P-40's strafe the town area and airfield at Luang Prabang and hit the radio building, barracks, and tower at Tran Ninh.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): The 153LS, 67TRG, transfers from Membury to Keevil, England with A-20's and L-4's.

MEDITERRANEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS: The Tehran Conference begins and lasts until 30 Nov. President Franklin D Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston S Churchill, and Marshall Josef V Stalin discuss further action against Germany.

Operations OVERLORD (the overall plan for the invasion of W Europe) and ANVIL (the plan for the invasion of S France) are given priority over all other operations. Stalin agrees to commit Soviet forces against Japan after Germany's defeat.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-26's are recalled over S France due to bad weather; the medium bombers and their fighter escort claim 5 fighters destroyed in combat over the French coast; B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb the railroad viaduct at Dogna, Italy.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Yugoslavia, B-25's bomb warehouses, docks, marshalling yards, barracks, shipping, and other targets at Sibenik, Zara, and Dubrovnik; RAF DAF fighters strafe trains between Dubrovnik and Metkovic. In Italy, 12AF fighters hit vehicles and troops in the battle area; Allied fighter-bombers bomb and strafe buildings, trucks, and roads in the Lanciano-Fossacesia-Caoli areas.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 6 B-25's bomb and strafe the Mutupina Point area; fighters strafe Tinputs Harbor, barges at Tonolai, and targets of opportunity along the W coast.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, nearly 50 B-24's bomb airfields at Wewak and Boram, and 40+ B-25's, B-26's, and A-20's hit villages on the Huon Peninsula and tracks in the Finschhafen area.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 2 B-25's hit the airfield, town area, and warehouse section at Swatow, 2 bomb the power station and nearby targets of opportunity at Amoy, and 2 attack barges in nearby coastal areas; 24 P-40's drop food and ammunition to Chinese troops at Changte, strafe a camp in the Hsutu Lake area, damage a vessel in Tien-hsin Lake and attack numerous small craft in channels between Hsutu and Tungting Lakes and between Tsowshih and Hofuh.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 140. 154 of 360 B-17's hit the port of Bremen, Germany and targets of opportunity in the area at 1429-1450 hours; unfavorable cloud conditions and malfunction of blindbombing equipment cause 200+ B-17's to abort; they claim 15-11-10 Luftwaffe aircraft; 13 B-17's are lost, 3 damaged beyond repair and 43 damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 13 WIA and 131 MIA. The B-17's are escorted by 38 P-38's and 314 P-47's; they claim 15-4-6 Luftwaffe aircraft; 7 P-38's and 9 P-47's are lost; 1 P-47 is damage beyond repair and another damaged; casualties are 1 WIA and 16 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 141: 8 B-17's drop 1.6 million leaflets over Paris, Reims, Le Mans, Orleans, Chartres, Amiens and Rouen, France; no casualties.

VIII BC Mission 142: 1 B-17 drops two 2,000 pound (907 kg): bombs and 1photoflash on Emmerich, Germany at 2108 hours; no casualties.

HQ 358FG transfers from Goxhill to Leiston, England.

HQ 447BG(H) arrives at Rattlesden, England from the US.

The 714th and 715BS(H), 448BG(H) arrive at Seething, England from the US with B-24's. They will fly their first Mission on 22 Dec.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): In France, 53 B-26's bomb Chievres airfield; 71 B-26's sent to bomb Cambrai/Epinoy airfield abort the mission due to bad weather.

HQ 70FW arrives at Greenham Common, England from the US.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, 70 B-26's bomb the airfield and marshalling yards at Grosseto; B-24's, with P-38 escort, bomb the Furbara area; many other medium and heavy bombers are prevented from bombing targets by bad weather.

The 27th, 71 and 94FSs, 1FG, transfer from Djedeida, Tunisia to Monserrato, Sardinia with P-38's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): B-25's bomb Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and road and rail bridges at Giulianova, Italy. US, South African AF (SAAF), and RAF light bombers hit enemy strongpoints at San Vito Chietino and the Castelfrentano-Lanciano-Fossacesia areas; Allied fighter-bombers bomb enemy forward positions around Fossacesia and Lanciano of Italy.

The 37TCS, 316TCG, transfers from El Aouina, Tunisia to Borizzo, Sicily with C-47's.

The 415NPS, XII Air Support Command, based at Catania, Sicily with Beaufighters, sends a detachment to Montecorvino, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's, with fighter cover, attack Tinputs Harbor and targets of opportunity in the area from Numa Numa to Kieta; 21 B-24's pound Kieta; P-39's join USN dive bombers in a strike on the Mosigetta warehouse area while a fighter patrol attacks Gazelle Harbor and gun positions S of Torokina Plantation.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 35 B-25's and B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island; 6 B-24's bomb a barracks at Manokwari, New Guinea.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 10 B-24's from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands strike Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands; 20 others, sent against the same target from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands, run into bad weather; 2 attack a cargo ship (and other vessels near Maloelap Atoll, the remaining 18 return to base without attacking.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 6 P-40's bomb a fuel and ammunition dump at Luchiangpa; 8 others strafe several boats on a lake SE of Ansiang; supplies are dropped to Chinese troops in Changte.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 143. 349 B-17's, 29 B-24's and 3 PFF B-17's are dispatched to the industrial area at Solingen, Germany; 270 B-17's, the B-24's and 2 PFF B-17's abort the mission due to cloud formations which cause assembly difficulties and require flying at altitudes not feasible for the B-24's; 79 B-17's and 1 PFF B-17 use blind-bombing equipment to hit Solingen plus 1 aircraft drops on Wermelskirchen; they claim 1-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 B-17's are lost; 3 are damaged beyond repair and 9 damaged; casualties are 11 KIA, 20 WIA and 23 MIA. This mission is escorted by 20 P-38's and 327 P-47's; they claim 0-2-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-38 and 5 P-47's are lost and 1each damaged; casualties are 6 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 144: 6 B-17's drop 1.4075 million leaflets on Paris, Rouen and Tours, France; and Krefeld and Opladen, Germany during the evening; no casualties.

HQ 357FG arrives at Raydon, England from the US.

HQ 361FG and it's 374th, 375th and 376FSs arrive at Bottisham, England from the US with P-47's. They will fly their first Mission on 22 Jan 44.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ IX Fighter Command arrives at Middle Wallop, England from Libya.

HQ 362FG and it's 377th, 378th and 379FSs arrive at Wormingford, England from the US with P-47's. They will fly their first Mission on 8 Feb 44.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-26's attack the Monte Molino railroad bridge, Montalto di Castro, and areas around Bastia and Torgiano; accuracy is severely hampered by overcast; B-24's, with P-38 escort, bomb Fiume through the overcast.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, A-20's, operating in conjunction with light bombers of the SAAF and RAF attack ground installations and defended areas around Lanciano, Fossacesia, Orsogna, Castelfrentano, and Guardiagrele; fighter-bombers, [US, RAAF, SAAF and RAF] hit pre-arranged targets in the battle area, and by hitting targets of opportunity on roads between Lanciano to Mozzagrogna aid in defeating a counterattack against the US 34th Infantry Division on Monte Pantano.

The 23(Photo)RS, 5(Photo)R G, transfers from La Marsa, Tunisia to Foggia, Italy with F-5's. The squadron has been operating from Foggia since 18 Nov.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 17 B-25's bomb Malai on Shortland Island. Fighter aircraft (AAF and USN) attack barges and AA guns at Tonolai on Bougainville Island, the SE coast of Ballale Island, the NW tip of Choiseul Island, Amun above Cape Moltke, Numa Numa, and Chabai on Bougainville; also on Bougainville, other fighters cover dive bombers attacking the Jakohina mission area, gun positions at Kangu and Malabita Hill, and in the Mosigetta area; a few RNZAF Venturas hit the Mawareka area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester airfield on New Britain Island. In New Guinea, B-25's bomb and strafe villages along coast from Borgen Bay to Riebeck Bay; B-24's hit Alexishafen; B-25's and A-20's attack Kalasa and hit trucks in the Waroe area.

The 386th, 388th and 389BSs (Dive), 312BG (Dive), arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with P-40's.

They will be redesignated BG/Squadrons(L) on 6 Dec; fly their first Mission on 14 Jan 44; and convert to A-20G and H aircraft in Feb 44.

DECEMBER 1943

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 1 DECEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): In the Aleutian Islands during the month of Dec 43, the detachment of the 344FS, 343FG, operating from Attu Island with P-40's, returns to it's base at Shemya Island.

ANTISUBMARINE OPERATIONS (1AF): During the month of Dec 43, the detachment of the air echelon of the 23(Anti-sub)S(H), I BC, operating from Zandery Field, Surinam with B-25's returns to base at Edinburgh Field, Trinidad.

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The two detachments of the 20TCS (Special), Sixth AF Service Command, operating from Waller Field, Trinidad and Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico with C-39's, C-45's, C-47's and C-49's, return to their base at Albrook Field, Canal Zone.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 4 B-24's, flying out of Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands, bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, B-24's bomb Insein; the B-24's and escorting P-38's encounter a large number of Japanese fighters over the targets; P-51's which failed to make rendezvous with the B-24's before the attack join the formations on the return trip; US losses are high: 6 B-24's and a P-51shot down and 5 more B-24's are seriously damaged; B-25's hit the newly repaired bridge at Myitnge rendering it temporarily unserviceable.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 19 B-25's, 24 P-40's, and 10 P-51's pound Kowloon shipyards; 2 B-25's hit nearby Taikoo Docks in Hong Kong; 4 P-40's strafe a truck convoy near Lashio, Burma, 16 sink about 30 boats in the area around Changte, and 8 bomb Bac Ninh, French Indochina and vicinity.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 145: The industrial area at Solingen, Germany is the target. 206 of 215 B-17's, 69 of 78 B-24's and 5 of 6 B-17 PFF aircraft hit the target at 1159-1212 hours; they claim 4-5-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 19 B-17's and 5 B-24's are lost, 2 B-17's and 1 B-24 are damaged beyond repair and 85 bombers are damaged; casualties are 13 KIA, 23 WIA and 227 MIA.

The mission is escorted by 42 P-38's and 374 P-47's; the P-47's claim 20-4-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 2 P-38's and 5 P-47's are lost, 1each are damaged beyond repair and 3 P-47's are damaged; casualties are 7 MIA.

HQ VIII Air Support Command is disbanded at Sunninghill, England.

HQ 448BG(H) arrives at Seething, England from the US.

The 362d, 363and 364FSs, 357FG, arrive at Raydon, England from the US with P-51B's. They will fly their first Mission on 11Feb 44.

The 708th, 709th, 710th and 711BS(H), 447BG(H), arrive at Rattlesden, England from the US with B-17G's. They will fly their first Mission on 24 Dec.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 175+ B-26's bomb airfields at Chievres, Belgium; and Cambrai/Epinoy, Lille/Yendeville, and Cambrai/Niergnies, France. 28 P-51's execute a sweep over NW France, marking the first 9AF fighter operation from the UK.

HQ IX Troop Carrier Command transfers from Cottesmore to Grantham, England.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, 100+ B-17's bomb the Turin ball bearing works and marshalling yard; escorting P-38's battle enemy fighters without either losses or victories; the B-17's claim 2 enemy fighters shot down; B-24's and other P-38's are recalled because of weather; B-26's, with fighter escort, attack bridges and railroad facilities at Aulla, Cecina, and Sestri Levante.

HQ 15AF and 5BW transfer from Tunis, Tunisia to Bari and Foggia, Italy, respectively.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): B-25's bomb gun positions in the Sant' Ambrogio area; fighter-bombers, including some RAF, (RAAF) and South African AF (SAAF) aircraft, hit trucks, gun positions, and other military targets E of Casoli, at Lanciano, near Guardiagrele, W of Mignano, W of Minturno, and near Chieti. Several of these missions are in support of the US Fifth and British Eighth Armies.

During the month of Dec 43, HQ XII BC transfers from Tunis, Tunisia to Bari, Italy.

HQ 52FG and it's 5FS transfer from Boccadifalco and Bo Rizzo, Sicily respectively to Corsica with Spitfires.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's and 8 P-38's attack Malai; P-39's strafe Tonolai and support USN (USN) dive bombers in an attack on the Jaba River area near Empress Augusta Bay; other Army AFs (AAF) and USN fighters cover dive bomber strikes on Kara and Ballale Island supply areas and strafe targets at Tenekow, Chabai, and Mutupina Point; 6 B-25's bomb Sarime Plantation.

A detachment of the 339FS, 347FG, ceases operating from Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands with P-38's and returns to it's base on New Caledonia Island.

During the month of Dec 43: 1. HQ XIII Fighter Command transfers from Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands to Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands.

2. The 68FS, 347FG, based on Fiji Island ceases operating from Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands with P-39's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 40+ B-24's bomb Wewak, the B-24's and P-47 escorts claiming 11enemy fighters shot down out of interception force of about 50; 3 B-24's are lost. On New Britain Island, 16 A-20's hit the Cape Gloucester area. 35 B-25's and B-26's bomb the Borgen Bay, New Guinea area.

The 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, 4PRG, begins a movement from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea with B-24's and F-7's. They will fly their first Mission on 5 Apr 44.

The 387BS (Dive), 312BG (Dive): arrives at Port Moresby, New Guinea from the US with P-40's. The squadron and group will be redesignated Bombardment Group/Squadron(L) on 6 Dec.

During the month of Dec 43: 1. The 90BG(H) and it's 319BS(H), 320BS(H), 321BS(H) and 400BS(H) transfer from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-24's.

2. The 82FS(R), 71RG, based at Dobodura, New Guinea with P-39's sends a detachment to Finschhafen, New Guinea.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 2 DECEMBER 1943

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 18 Japanese bombers and 30 Zekes attack Suichwan airfield; 9 P-40's intercept, shooting down 1Japanese airplane; 2 P-40's are lost; 6 P-40's on armed reconnaissance bomb villages between Sha Nyao and Chiao Tou Chieh; 16 others bomb Japanese positions NE of Changte.

EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AF (AEAF): The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS): authorizes AEAF to attack "sky sites" in the Pas de Calais area and on the Cherbourg Peninsula in France, which RAF photography and British intelligence have virtually identified as missile-launching sites.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 146: 1 B-17 flies an Oboe test over Huls, Germany at 2139 hours dropping two 2,000 pound (907 kg) GP bombs and 1photoflash bomb. 4 B-17's drop 2.09 million leaflets on Bremen, Oldenburg and Hamburg, Germany. No casualties on either mission.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb the town area, railroad bridge and marshalling yard at Bolzano; B-26's achieve excellent results in a raid on a bridge S of Orvieto and the marshalling yard at Arezzo. B-17's blast submarine pens at Marseilles, France.

HQ 2BG(H) transfers from Massicault to Bizerte, Tunisia.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): B-25's, A-20's, and RAF light bombers support ground forces in the Monte Trocchio area, and other B-25's, A-20's, and RAF and SAAF airplanes support ground forces near Sant' Ambrogio; more B-25's hit bridge and approaches near Chieti; fighters strafe trucks and trains while fighter-bombers blast gun positions along the US Fifth and British Eighth Army fronts, and hit harbors and shipping along the Yugoslav coast at or near Omis, Drvenicki, Trogir, Vrbnik, and Ston.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solmon Islands, 20+ B-25's hit Malai and attack positions on the Porror River and Rigu Mission at Kieta; 20+ B-24's bomb Korovo; fighter patrols strafe the Chabai area.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, 50+ B-25's pound the Borgen Bay area; 20 B-25's and B-26's hit enemy forces in the Finschhafen area; and the Sio area is bombed by 2 B-24's.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 3 DECEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 8 P-40's attack barracks and other buildings at Wanling, China.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): A note from Air Chief Marshall Sir Charles F Portal, RAF, to the CCS states that OPERATION POINTBLANK, the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) of the USAAF and RAF against the Luftwaffe and the German aircraft industry, is 3 months behind in relationship to the tentative date for OPERATION OVERLORD, the overall plan for the invasion of W Europe, which had been set for 1 May 44. This brings more pressure on the 8AF to destroy industrial plants of importance to aircraft production.

The 365th and 366FSs, 358FG, transfer from Goxhill, England to Leiston, England with P-47D's. They will fly their first Mission on 20 Dec.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-24's, with fighter escort, hit the Rome/Casale airfield in Italy; B-26's and escorting P-38's are recalled due to weather. Other P-38's escort a supply Mission to Yugoslavia.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): The 12AF transfers its entire II Air Service Area Command with all of its subordinate units to the 15AF, where it shortly becomes the XV AF Service Command. This is a major step toward making the Fifteenth a separate, self-sufficient AF.

B-25's bomb harbor and marshalling yard at Sibenik, Yugoslavia. In Italy, fighter-bombers, along with RAF Desert AF (DAF) airplanes, hit tanks and trucks in the Guardiagrele-Lanciano areas. Other fighter-bombers attack a vessel at Sibenik, Yugoslavia and vehicles and trains N of Rome. Anzio and Nettuno, Italy are also bombed.

The 2FS, 52FG, transfers from Boccadifalco, Sicily to Corsica with Spitfires.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 23 B-25's bomb Kieta Harbor and nearby supply and bivouac areas; 6 others hit Aitara Mission; 21 B-24's pound Bonis; fighter aircraft, USAAF and USN on patrol, hit targets of opportunity in areas from Numa Numa to Koromira, at Mosiga and Chabai, and W of Rlutupina Point; B-24's on armed reconnaissance hit a variety of targets, including Kieta, Green Island, Greenwich Island, and Korovo.

The 372BS(H), 307BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides Islands with B-24's, ceases operating from Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In the Bismarck Archipelago, 60+ B-24's and B-25's bomb Cape Gloucester airfield on New Britain Island; 1 B-24 sinks several barges in Johann Albrecht Harbor while another bombs a large transport near New Hanover Island. 20+ B-24's bomb Waingapoe on Sumba Island in the Sunda Islands. In New Guinea, A-20's attack villages around Finschhafen; P-47's shoot down several airplanes over Wewak.

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ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 3 bombers return early from an armed seasearch, due to weather.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 34 B-24's from the Ellice Islands and Canton Island bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands; 20+ others abort due to bad weather. 8 B-24's from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands attack Nauru Atoll in the Pacific.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 5 B-24's mine the Rangoon River while 12 others mine the Salween River at Moulmein during the night of 4/5 Dec.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 11 B-25's and 12 P-40's bomb Changte, which was taken by the Japanese earlier in the day; 11more B-25's and 24 P-40's follow with 2 more attacks on Changte; other P-40's drop ammunition to Chinese troops on Tehshan Mountain.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 147: 4 B-17's drop 800,000 leaflets on Rouen, Lille and Paris, France at 0222-0333 hours.

VIII BC Mission 148: 4 B-17's drop 800,000 leaflets on Le Mans, Orleans, Tours and Laval, France at 2037-2125 hours.

The 367FS, 358FG, transfers from Goxhill to Leiston, England with P-47D's.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): A 9AF directive establishes Operation CROSSBOW (operations against German missile launching sites) for the IX BC and provides a list of targets to be attacked immediately.

203 B-26's dispatched to attack the airfields at Chievres, Belgium and Lille/Vendeville, France must abort mission due to bad weather.

HQ IX Air Support Command is activated at Aldermaston Court, England.

MTO - : The Second Cairo conference, Operation SEXTANT, opens and lasts until 6 Dec. President Franklin D Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston S Churchill, and President Ismet Inonu of Turkey attend. Churchill discusses the possibility of Turkey entering the war; the plan for the amphibious assault in the Bay of Bengal is cancelled; A tentative timetable is set up for Pacific offensive; and a unified Command is established in the Mediterranean effective 10 Dec.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): All missions are cancelled by bad weather.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Weather grounds 12AF elements of Northwest African Tactical AF (NATAF).

The 4FS, 52FG, transfers from Boccadifalco, Sicily to Corsica with Spitfires.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 21 B-24's attack Chabai; 17 B-25's follow with a strike on the same target.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, nearly 50 bombers hit Cape Gloucester airfield and attack shore targets from Rottock Bay to Rein Bay. In New Guinea, 12 A-20's hit villages and supply dumps in the Finshaffen area. 30+ P-40's sink an oil laden lugger and 2 barges off Bogia and bomb bridge near Bogadjim.

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CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma during the night of 5/6 Dec, B-24's mine waters in the Moulmein area while 5 others lay mines in the Rangoon River.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 16 P-40's over the Changte area damage several large supply sampans near Ansiang and strafe various targets of opportunity in the Tehshan and Hsutu Lake areas; 20+ P-40's on patrols over the Changte area attack numerous boats and other targets throughout the nearby lake region.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 149.

Airfields in France are targetted; 8 B-17's and 1 B-24 are lost.

1. 216 B-17's are dispatched to La Rochelle/Laleu, St Jean D'Angely, Paris/Ivry, Paris/Bois and D'Colombes airfields; none hit the target due to weather; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 1 damaged.

2. 96 B-24's are dispatched to Cognac/Chateaubernard Airfield; 2 hit St Nazaire; 1 B-24 is lost and 7 damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 10 MIA.

3. 236 B-17's are dispatched to the Bordeaux/Merignac air depot; 1 hits the target; they claim 12-5-5 Luftwaffe aircraft; 8 B-17's are lost and 19 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA, 4 WIA and 50 MIA.

These missions are escorted by 34 P-38's and 266 P-47's plus 36 9AF P-51's; 1 P-47 is lost; the pilot is MIA.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 52 B-26's bomb Ligescourt, Campagneles-Hesdin, and Saint-Josse, France. 200 others are forced to abandon the mission because of heavy cloud cover over the targets, including V-weapon sites which the Ninth had scheduled to attack for the first time. 9AF P-51's from the 354FG fly their first escort mission, accompanying 8AF heavy bombers in a raid against targets in the area near Amiens, France.

MTO - : At the Cairo Conference, President Roosevelt decides on General Dwight D Eisenhower as the Supreme Allied Commander for Operation OVERLORD, the invasion of W Europe.

The CCS issue a directive for the organization of the Mediterranean Allied AFs (MAAF) consolidating British and US forces of the Mediterranean Air Command (MAC) and Northwest African AF (NAAF).

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): The 37th and 95BSS(M), 17BG(M), transfer from Djedeida, Tunisia to Villacidro, Sardinia with B-26's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Weather hampers medium bomber operations, but B-25's manage to bomb a bridge at Pescara, taly and marshalling yard and shipyards at Split, Yugoslavia. In Italy, US fighterbombers and fighters (and a number of other Allied airplanes) hit gun positions S of Chieti, Italy, a vessel in Poljud, Yugoslavia harbor (near Split), trains and trucks W of Aquino, bridges near Mignano and Ladispoli, the town of Arezzo, airfields at Piombino and Aviano, and building S of Garda Lake.

HQ 12AF transfers from Tunisia to Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 23 B-25's and 20+ USN dive bombers hit the Monoitu, Aitara Mission, and Mosigetta area; fighter patrols hit several areas on Bougainville and on Shortland Island, including Chabai, Numa Numa, Mosigetta, Monoitu, and Faisi Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 40 B-24'a bomb Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago; A-20's destroy small craft off New Britain. In New Guinea, A-20's hit enemy forces in the Finschhafen area; B-25's, B-26's, and P-40's attack targets along the Bogadjim Road.

The 110RS (Fighter), 71RG, arrives at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from the US with P-39Q's.

The 531BS(H), 380BG(H), transfers from Manbulloo to Long Strip, Northern Territory, Australia with B-24's. The group is attached to the RAAF (RAAF).

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CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, Changte is pounded throughout the day by 30+ B-25's and numerous fighters; other fighters strafe targets of opportunity in the railway yard at Hsipaw and damage a train at Hopong.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 70FW transfers from Greenham Common to Boxted, England while HQ 100FW transfers from Boxted to Greenham Common.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Greece, 45 B-24's bomb Eleusis Airfield while 56 B-17's hit Kalamaki Airfield; other B-17's return to base with bombs because of a heavy overcast; the heavy bombers and escorting P-38's claim several enemy fighters shot down; 1 B-24 is lost to flak.

The 34BS(M), 17BG(M), transfers from Djedeida, Tunisia to Villacidro, Sardinia.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, P-40 and A-36 fighterbombers bomb bridges at Ceprano and W of Mignano; weather cancels other operations.

The 91FS, 81FG, transfers from Castelvetrano, Sicily to Montecorvino Airfield, Italy with P-39's.

The 347FS, 350FG, transfers from Rerhaia, Algeria to Corsica with P-39's.

A detachment of the 415NPS, 64FW, based at Cantania, Sicily, begins operating from Gaudo Airfield, Italy with Beaufighters.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 6 B-25's bomb the Monoitu Mission area, and 24 others, with fighter support, pound Tarlena village; P-40's carry out a strafing strike in the Arawa Bay area near Kieta; P-38's strafe W the coast of Buka Island; general fighter patrols strafe the Chabai, Koromira, and Monoitu areas; the Kieta supply area is bombed by a B-24 on armed reconnaissance.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, nearly 100 B-24's and B-25's hit the Cape Gloucester and Borgen Bay areas; P-40's strafe Cape Hoskins. In New Guinea, A-20's and B-25's attack villages and supply dumps around Finschhafen.

USAAF Star TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER 1943

ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: The Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) accept the US plan for a strategic air command, the US Strategic AFs in Europe (USSAFE), to coordinate the operations of the Eighth and 15AFs.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): During the night of 6/7 Dec, 14 B-24's, staging through Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, hit targets on Maloelap and Wotje Atolls in the Marshall Islands. 6 B-24's from Nukufetau Island in the Ellice Islands bomb Maloelap Atoll, and 1other, failing to reach the primary, drops bombs on Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands. This date marks the beginning of Operation FLINTLOCK (operations against Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls in the Marshall Islands).

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, Changte is hit twice by a total of 13 B-25's and several escorting fighters. In Burma, 8 P-40's strafe freight cars between Mogaung and Myitkyina.

The detachment of the 76FS, 23FG, that has been operating from Suichwan, China since Oct, returns to it's base at Kweilin with P-40's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Heavy cloud cover severely restricts operations. 1 B-26 attacks a bridge S of Arma di Taggia, Italy.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, B-25's and A-36's bomb the harbor and town of Civitavecchia; B-25's also attack Pescara, hitting the railroad, road, and town area; A-36's, P-40's, and RAF DAF fighters hit a gun position W of Orsogna, the towns of Viticuso and San Vittoria, and a bridge at Civitella Roveto.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's carry out strikes against Kahili and Kieta Harbor on Bougainville Island. Torokina Island is bombed by 2 (RNZAF) Ventura's on patrol.

The 23BS(H), 5BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides Islands with B-24's, ceases operating from Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, 90+ B-24's and B-25's attack the Cape Gloucester and Borgen Bay areas. On New Guinea, A-20's bomb troop encampments and dumps in the Finschhafen area; P-40's strafe boats and barges near Madang.

B-24's bomb the airfield and village on Haroekoe in the Moluccas Islands.

USAAF Star WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER 1943

ATO - ALASKA THEATER OF OPERATIONS (11AF): 3 B-24's fly armed reconnaissance. During the night of 8/9 Dec, another B-24 off on a photographic Mission over Kasatochi Island in the Aleutian Islands, turns back because of mechanical trouble.

ZONE OF INTERIOR (HQ AAF): General Henry H "Hap" Arnold, Commanding General Army AFs, notifies Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz, Commanding General 12AF, that he is to command USSAFE.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 22 B-24's from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands, bomb Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and 11from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 9 B-25's, escorted by 16 P-40's, pound Changte; 9 other B-25's bomb Hofuh and the 16 escorting P-40's bomb 2 villages to the N.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): 120+ B-24's and B-17's attack Tatoi and Eleusis airfields in Greece, and railroad bridges near Orbetello Lake and the town of Porto Santo Stefano in Italy. In Italy, B-26's hit Spoleto viaduct, Orte marshalling yard, and Civitavecchia harbor; other B-26's abort the mission because of weather.

HQ 1FG and it's 71FS, transfer from Sardinia to Gioia del Colle, Italy with P-38's.

The 20BS(H), 2BG(H), transfers from Massicault, Tunisia to Amendola, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, B-25's bomb bridges, industrial targets, marshalling yard, and town areas of Pescara, Ancona, and Aquila; A-20's hit gun emplacements and bivouac area near Sant' Elia Fiumerapido; other A-20's, operating with RAF and SAAF aircraft attack troop concentration and gun positions near Miplinnico; fighter-bombers of the AAF, RAF, RAAF, and SAAF bomb targets in support of ground troops near Orsogna; A-36's and P-40's hit communications targets (roads, railroads, bridges) at Avezzano, Frosinone, Viticuso, Gaeta, and Sant' Elia Fiumerapido.

HQ 3PRG and it's 12(Photo)RS transfer from La Marsa, Tunisia to San Severo, Italy with F-4's and F-5's.

HQ 5(Photo)RG transfers from La Marsa, Tunisia to San Severo, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, fighter patrols and aircraft on armed reconnaissance bomb and strafe several targets of opportunity near Kieta, SE of Cape Torokina, at Baniu Plantation, and along the NE coast.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's attack the Penfoei-Koepanp area on Timor Island. In New Guinea, B-25's and B-26's pound enemy supply dumps on the Huon Peninsula near Finschhafen; P-39's strafe barges from Saidor to Fortification Point.

USAAF Star THURSDAY, 9 DECEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 19 B-24's from Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

The B-24's claim 5 fighters destroyed.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 15 B-25's bomb Wuchang and Hankow, and 3 bomb Changte; P-40's strafe sampans above Nanhsien and attack targets of opportunity in the Salween River area, including road traffic S of Hsia Chai, barracks at Tachai, and the town of San Tsun.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): P-38's carry out weather reconnaissance over the Adriatic Sea; B-17's of the 2 and 99BGS(H) are recalled because of weather; all groups of the 47th (B-24): and 42(B-26) BWs cancel operations.

HQ 2BG(H) and it's 429BS(H) transfer from Bizerte, Tunisia to Amendola, Italy with B-17's.

The 27FS, 1FG, transfers from Monserrato, Sardinia to Gioia del Colle, Italy with P-38's.

The 318th and 319FSs, 325FG, transfer from Soliman, Tunisia to Foggia, Italy with P-40's.

The 342BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Depienne, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

The 352BS(H), 301BG(H), transfers from Oudna, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, B-25's bomb railway and road bridges at Giulianova, tracks at Pescara and Teramo, and a marshalling yard and ironworks at Terni; A-20's hit gun positions and bivouac area at Sant' Elia Fiumerapido; A-36's and P-40's attack Orsogna and coastal targets in support of the British Eighth Army, Avezzano marshalling yard and villages along the US Fifth Army front, troops at San Pietro Infine and Viticuso and nearby gun positions, viaduct and railway bridge E of Guidonia airfield, crossing at Furbara, and trains and trucks in the Rome area. Brigadier General George H Beverley takes over as the new Commanding General, XII Troop Carrier Command (Provisional).

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 50 B-25's bomb and strafe the coast of New Britain Island from Borgen Bay to Rein Bay. In New Guinea, 19 B-25's and A-20's hit barges, coastal installations, and roads in the Fortification Point area; 60+ P-39's hit Bogadjim Road, barges and enemy held villages along the N coast of Huon Peninsula, and enemy positions in the Ramu River valley.

USAAF Star FRIDAY, 10 DECEMBER 1943

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 12 B-25's and 15 P-40's attack the marshalling yard at Hanoi, French Indochina; the warehouse area and railroad station suffer heavy damage. Japanese aircraft bomb Hengyang Airfield in China; 8 P-40's intercept 1wave of airplanes over the field, shooting down 3 of them; 2 P-40's are lost in the combat.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 150: 1 B-17 is dispatched on an OBOE test flight but turns back due to an oxygen leak; two 2,000 pound (907 kg) bombs and a Photoflash are jettisoned off the French coast. In the second part of this mission, 6 of 6 B-17's drop 1.2 million leaflets on Rouen, Paris, Caen and Amiens, France and Ghent, Belgium at 2026-2102 hours. No losses.

HQ 2Bombardment Division transfers from Horsham St Faith to Ketteringham Hall, England.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): 20 German aircraft attack 4 9AF airfields in the UK (Gosfield, Andrews Field, Earls Colne, and Great Dunmow), killing 8 and wounding 20+ men.

HQ 434TCG and it's 71, 72d, 73and 74th transfer from Fulbeck to Welford Park, England with C-47's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-24's, with fighter escort, bomb a marshalling yard at Sofia, Bulgaria; P-38's fly weather reconnaissance in the Sofia and Zara, Yugoslavia areas. B-26's hit bridge approaches W and E of Ventimiglia, Italy.

The 94FS, 1FG, transfers from Monserrato, Sardinia to Gioia del Colle, Italy with P-38's.

The 96BS(H), 2BG(H), transfers from Massicault, Tunisia to Amendola, Italy with B-17's.

The 317FS, 325FG, transfers from Soliman, Tunisia to Foggia, Italy with P-47's.

The 353and 419BS(H), 301BG(H), transfer from Oudna, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, P-40's and A-36's attack oil tanks, warehouses, railroads, and vessel at Civitavecchia, the town of Acquafondata, and with RAF, SAAF, and RAAF airplanes, hit tactical targets along the British Eighth Army front, and later strafe road traffic in the Canosa Sannita-Chieti area. Fighters also bomb a vessel in the harbor at Split, Yugoslavia.

HQ 310BG(M) transfers from Philippeville, Algeria to Corsica.

The 23(Photo)RS, 5(Photo)RG, transfers from Foggia to San Severo, Italy with P-38's and F-5's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, B-25's bomb the Kahili supply area and airfield; P-39's bomb the supply area and AA positions at Tonolai and strafe 4 barges in the harbor; RNZAF Ventura's hit buildings at Arigua Plantation.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 27 B-24's bomb targets at Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island and the Huon Peninsula on New Guinea. In New Guinea, 40 B-25's and B-26's bomb supply and bivouac areas and bridges along the Bogadjim Road; P-39's strafe barges in the Madang area.

HQ 6(Photo)RG and it's 20th Combat Mapping Squadron transfer from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea with B-24's and F-7's.

HQ 43BG(H) and it's 64BS(H) transfer from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-24's.

USAAF Star SATURDAY, 11 DECEMBER 1943

ATO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CARIBBEAN (6AF): The 10BS(M), 25BG(M), transfers from Waller Field, Trinidad to France Field, Canal Zone with B-25's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 14 B-25's and 10 P-40's attack Shihshow and Ansiang; 3 B-24's bomb Hankow airfield; 9 P-40's intercept about 30 Japanese airplanes over Nanchang shortly after the enemy force bomBSSuichwan; the P-40's claim 10 aircraft shot down.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 151: 437 of 490 B-17's and 86 of 93 B-24's hit the industrial area at Emden, Germany at 1220-1312 hours; they claim 86-22-23 Luftwaffe aircraft; 15 B-17's and 2 B-24's are lost, 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 120 B-17's and 18 B-24's are damaged; casualties are 2 KIA, 20 WIA and 185 MIA.

This mission is escorted by 31 P-38's, 313 P-47's and 44 9AF P-51's; they claim 21-0-7 Luftwaffe aircraft; 3 P-47's and 1 P-51 are lost; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are damaged beyond repair and 3 P-47's are damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 4 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 152: 4 of 4 B-17's drop 800,000 leaflets on Laval, Rennes, Le Mans and Nantes, France at 2026-2039 hours; no casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): HQ 67th Tactical RG and it's 107TRS transfer from Membury to Middle Wallop, England with Spitfires and F-6's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): All operations except weather reconnaissance are cancelled or recalled because of bad weather.

HQ 99BG(H) transfers from Oudna, Tunisia to Tortorella Airfield, Italy.

HQ 325FG transfers from Soliman, Tunisia to Foggia, Italy.

The 32BS(H), 301BG(H), transfers from Oudna, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

The 414BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Depienne, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, P-40's and A-36's attack Anzio, Nettuno, Viticuso, San Vittore del Lazio, Pontecorvo, Acquafondata, the railway siding at Arce, tracks and junction N of Ostia, and railway between Ostia and Lido di Roma. Weather causes abandonment of B-25 operations.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 16 B-25's, in 2 waves, attack Kahili; several other B-25's hit Arigua Plantation; 20+ B-24's bomb the village and wharf area at Tsirogei; 8 P-39's bomb Tonolai; several aircraft on armed reconnaissance, operating individually or in small flights, attack targets of opportunity scattered throughout Bougainville and the Shortland Island area; Allied night fighters carry out a strike on a Japanese bivouac along the Jaba River; others hit Buka and Bonis.

A detachment of the 17(Photo)RS, 4PRG, based on Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands, begins operating from Bougainville Island with F-5's.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-25's bomb and strafe the Borgen Bay area on New Britain Island. In New Guinea, B-25's and B-26's hit bivouacs and other installations near Fortification Point and in the Finschhafen area. B-24's bomb Makassar on Celebes Island and Balikpapan, Borneo.

The 65BS(H), 43BG(H), transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-24's.

The 80FS, 8FG, transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea with P-38's.

USAAF Star SUNDAY, 12 DECEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 25 B-24's flying out of Ellice Island bases, bomb Emidj Island in the Marshall Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In Burma, 28 B-25's and 13 B-24's carry out a saturation bombing strike against bridge at Myittha, over which a large volume of Japanese goods is flowing to the N. Despite this large air effort only the approach spans suffer effective damage.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 41Japanese bombers and fighters bomb the W side of Hengyang Airfield, causing considerable damage; 31 P-40's and 6 P-38's intercept the enemy force, claiming 20 airplanes shot down; 2 P-40's are lost. 9 B-24's bomb Hankow airfield.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 153: 4 B-17's drop 800,000 leaflets on Paris, Amiens and Orleans, France at 2033-2044 hours; no casualties.

HQ 92 and 94th Combat BWS(H) transfer from Polebrook to Camp Blainey and Alconbury, England respectively.

HQ 95CBW(H) is activated at Attlebridge, England.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): The 109TRS, 67TG, transfers from Membury to Middle Wallop, England with Spitfires and F-6's.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Operations are limited to weather reconnaissance.

HQ 14FG and it's 37FS transfer from Ste-Marie-du-Zit, Tunisia to Triolo Airfield, Italy with P-38's.

The 341BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Depienne, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Weather curtails operations. In Italy, B-25's bomb the road, railroad, and landing ground at Terracina; P-40 and A-36 fighter-bombers hit trucks along roads in the Chieti-Francavilla area and bomb the town of Itri; fighters fly patrols and reconnaissance over the battle area.

The 10TCS, 60TCG, transfers from Gerbini, Sicily to Pomigliano, Italy with C-47's.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 6 B-25's strafe Arigua Plantation; 9 others, with fighter support, bomb the supply area at Bonis; the fighters afterwards strafe Japanese forces between Kieta and the Aropa River; other fighter aircraft strafe the harbor at Tonolai and cover USN dive bomber strikes against targets in the Ratsua-Porton-Chabai-Soraken areas and the Kieta Harbor-Tobera Bay area; and 20+ B-24's bomb the Kahili area and Poporang.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, P-40's dive-bomb Bogadjim Road. B-24's make light raids on Ceram Island in the Moluccas Islands and in the far W part of Netherlands New Guinea.

USAAF Star MONDAY, 13 DECEMBER 1943

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 10 B-24's, staging through Baker Island from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands, bomb Wotje Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): In India, 20 Japanese bombers, escorted by 25 fighters, hit Dinjan Airfield before US interceptors make contact; however, little damage is done and the US fighters catch the attackers shortly afterward; 12 Japanese bombers and 5 fighters are claimed shot down.

The 436BS(H), 7BG(H), transfers from Panagarh to Madhaiganj, India with B-24's.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 12 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Li-Chou and Kungan; 8 B-25's pound Wuchang Airfield; and 16 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe targets of opportunity from Changte to Linli to Li-Chou.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 154; the port area at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are hit; 5 aircraft are lost. This is the first Mission where more than 600 aircraft are dispatched.

1. 171 of 182 B-17's dispatched to Bremen hit the target at 1159-1206

hours; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 30 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 3 WIA.

2. 367 of 403 B-17's, 93 of 107 B-24's, 12 of 12 B-17 PFF and 6 of 6 B-24 PFF aircraft are dispatched to Kiel; heavy frosting and poor visibility disrupts the formation and 78 B-17's hit targets of opportunity in Hamburg at 1300-1305 hours; the remaining aircraft hit Kiel at 1245-1317 hours; 7-3-17 Luftwaffe aircraft are claimed; 4 B-17's and 1 B-24 are lost; 1 B-17 is damaged beyond repair and 136 B-17's and 4 B-24's are lost; casualties are 4 KIA, 16 WIA and 50 MIA.

These missions are escorted by 31 P-38's, 322 P-47's and 41 9AF P-51's; they claim 1-0-1 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 and 1 P-51 are lost, 1 P-38 and 1 P-47 are damaged beyond repair and 1 P-38 is damaged; casualties are 2 WIA and 1 MIA. P-51's escorting the heavy bombers reach the limit of their escort range for the first time.

VIII BC Mission 155: 5 B-17's drop 1million leaflets on Le Mans, Rennes, Tours, Nantes and Chartres, France at 2138-2155 hours; no losses.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): Nearly 200 B-26's attack Schiphol Airfield in The Netherlands.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Operations are restricted to weather reconnaissance.

The 346th, 347th and 348BS(H), 99BG(H), transfer from Oudna, Tunisia to Tortorella Airfield, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Yugoslavia, B-25's bomb an oil depot, harbor, warehouses, and railway yard at Sibenik and Split. In Italy, P-40 and A-36 fighter-bombers attack defended points in the Miglionico area; quays, roads, railway yard, and gun emplacements at Terracina; and bridges at Pontecorvo and W of Isolella; town areas and bridges at and near Atina and Acquafondsta are also hit.

The 91FS, 81FG, based at Montecorvino Airfield, Italy with P-38's and P-39's, begins operating from Capodichino, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 17 B-25's bomb Porton, and their fighter escorts strafe Tenekow bivouac areas during the return flight; 24 B-24's bomb Bonis; 6 B-25's carry out low-level strikes against concentrations on Numa Numa.

The 72BS(H), 5BG(H), based on Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides Islands with B-24's, begins operating from Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): 100+ B-24's and B-25's and several P-40's bomb Gasmata Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

In New Guinea, A-20's hit villages along Bogadjim Road; a small flight of P-39's strafe barges along the Huon Peninsula.

The 340FS, 348FG, transfers from Port Moresby to Finschhafen, New Guinea with P-47's.

The 403BS(H), 43BG(H), transfers from Port Moresby to Dobodura, New Guinea with B-24's.

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POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 16 B-24's, flying out of bases in the Ellice Islands, bomb Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 13 B-25's, with fighter escort, bomb Shasi; 2 P-40's strafe supply trucks S of Tengchung. 6 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe Gia Lam Airfield and railroad yard in French Indochina.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): 150+ B-17's and B-24's, with fighter escorts, bomb Greece. The B-24's hit the Tatoi air depot at Athens; the B-17's hit the Kalamaki and Eleusis air depots at Athens and the docks and shipping at Piraeus. The heavy bombers claim 10 fighters shot down.

HQ 90th Reconnaissance Wing transfers from La Marsa, Tunisia to San Severo, Italy.

The 340BS(H), 97BG(H), transfers from Depienne, Tunisia to Cerignola, Italy with B-17's.

The 416BS(H), 99BG(H), transfers from Oudna, Tunisia to Tortorella Airfield, Italy with B-17's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, medium bombers hit Orte, concentrating on the marshalling yard; light bombers attack road bridge SW of Pontecorvo in front of US Fifth Army lines; P-40 fighter-bombers hit bridges S of Roccasecca and E of Atina; A-36's destroy a bridge at Ceprano and bomb railroad yards, the town area, and highway at Sora, and docks and town area of Civitavecchia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 18 B-24's, with fighter support, bomb positions on Sohano Island.

18 B-25's and 8 fighters hit Manob village E of Buka Passage. Other 13AF fighters hit gun positions, communications targets, and other targets of opportunity at scattered points in the Bougainville-Shortland areas and cover USN (USN) dive bomber strikes against AA positions in Chabai area on Bougainville Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): In New Guinea, in the heaviest raid to date in the Southwest Pacific Area, 228 B-24's, B-25's, and A-20's bomb Arawe in an almost continuous attack from 0645 to 1548 hours; P-39's strafe barges along the Huon Peninsula. Gasmata Island off the S coast of New Britain Island is hit by B-25's and B-26's. B-24's on armed reconnaissance hit Saidor, New Guinea; and Gasmata and Unea Islands in the Bismarck Archipelago.

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POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 20 B-24's from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands, hit Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands. 10, staging from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands through Baker Island, bomb Wotje Atoll in the Marshall Islands. 1 B-24 is lost on Maloelap Atoll raid; 2 enemy fighters are claimed destroyed.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS EASTERN AIR COMMAND: Eastern Air Command (EAC), a combined US-British Command, is formed under Lieutenant General George E Stratemeyer (USAAF), with Air Vice Marshall Thomas M Williams (RAF) as Assistant Commander. HQ, at New Delhi, India, will control all operational air units in Assam and Burma which presently make up the US 10AF and RAF Bengal Air Command. Major components of EAC are to be the Third Tactical AF under Air Marshall Sir John E Baldwin (RAF), Strategic AF under Brigadier General Howard C Davidson (USAAF), Troop Carrier Command under Brigadier General William D Old (USAAF), and Photo Reconnaissance Force under Group Captain Stewart G Wise. The Strategic AF and Troop Carrier Command are activated on this date, the former having HQ at Belvedere Palace, Calcutta, India and the latter at Comilla, India.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 25 P-40's strafe parked aircraft, trucks, and several buildings at Pailochi; at least 3 enemy airplanes are destroyed; 2 B-25's on a sea sweep over the Gulf of Tonkin claim 1oceangoing tug sunk; 16 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe the towns of Owchihkow and Shihshow; 6 others attack the town of Luchiangpa and villages in the area.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): The 9AF comes under operational control of the AEAF. A new directive for tactical bomber operations lists reduction of enemy fighter forces as the basic objective. A 9AF planning staff, composed of officers who have had service with the Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Commander (COSSAC), is set up in London.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): B-17's. with P-38 and P-47 escorts, bomb marshalling yards at Bolzano, Italy and Innsbruck, Austria.

B-24's, with P-38 escort, attack Avisio, Italy viaduct. All targets suffer considerable damage.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Yugoslavia, B-25's bomb the airfield at Mostar and A-36 and P-40 fighter-bombers attack vessels, vehicles, and parked aircraft N and E of the Peljesac Peninsula, near Mostar, and at the Zemonico landing ground. In Italy, B-25's and A-20's bomb roads at Pontecorvo and N of Frosinone; fighter-bombers blast gun positions along the US Fifth Army front.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 21 B-24's strike Sohano Island; 6 B-25's hit installations in the Numa Numa-Arigua area; 23 B-25's and 16 fighters attack Buka Island, causing heavy damage in the Chinatown area; P-40's destroy bridge at Runai. Numerous targets of opportunity are attacked by AAF aircraft, operating individually and in small flights, on armed reconnaissance over Bougainville Island and other N Solomons areas.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): As a preliminary to the main invasion of New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, US forces under command of Brigadier General Julian W Cunningham land on the W coast of the Arawe Peninsula on New Britain Island about 0700 local following a naval and air bombardment; B-25's pound villages in the Arawe area; B-24's bomb Cape Gloucester while P-39's strafe barges at Reiss Point. B-25's hit 2 freighters on Timor Island in the Sunda Islands.

The 39FS, 35FG, transfers from Port Moresby to Nadzab, New Guinea with P-47's.

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CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 9 B-25's and 11 P-40's hit the NW part of Owchihkow; 4 B-25's on sweeps over the S China Sea damage freighter S of Nampang Island, bomb Tunguan docks, and shoot down 1bomber; 15 P-40's on armed reconnaissance strafe Pailochi Airfield; 11others strafe boats in channels N of Nanhsien; 6 P-38's strafe a troop train near Changanyi and attack 25 sampans (destroying most of them) on the Yangtze River just above Huangtang Lake.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 156: the port area at Bremen, Germany is the target. 402 of 479 B-17's, 133 of 141 B-24's and 10 of 11 PFF aircraft hit the target at 1309-1322 hours; they claim 18-11-11 Luftwaffe aircraft; 10 B-17's are lost; 2 B-17's and 2 B-24's are damaged beyond repair; 128 B-17's, 22 B-24's and 5 PFF aircraft are damaged; casualties are 6 KIA, 8 WIA and 104 MIA. The mission is escorted by 31 P-38's, 131 P-47's and 39 9AF P-51's; they claim 2-0-0 Luftwaffe aircraft; 1 P-47 is lost, 1 P-38 is damaged beyond repair and 1 P-38 damaged; casualties are 1 KIA and 1 MIA.

VIII BC Mission 157: 4 B-17's drop 1.952 million leaflets over Hannover, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and Lille, France at 1903-1943 hours; no losses or casualties.

ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): A basic directive for IX Bomber Command training is issued on this date. Since most of IX BC's combat units have been operational for some time earlier under the VIII Air Support Command, extensive training will not begin until after the first of the year when inexperienced units begin to arrive.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Italy, B-24's attack a railroad bridge and tunnel at Dogna and the railroad between Dogna and Chiusaforte; escorting P-38's strafe trains and oil tanks between Portogruaro and Latisana; B-17's, escorted by P-38's and P-47's, bomb the Padua marshalling yard and rail junction; rail lines, rolling stock, and buildings are damaged extensively. .

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Yugoslavia, B-25's bomb shipping at Zara and the harbor and marshalling yard at Sibenik; P-40's and P-47's hit a vessel S of Zara and strafe targets of opportunity on the Peljesac Peninsula. In Italy, A-20's attack gun positions near Mignano; P-40's and A-36's hit gun batteries and strongpoints along the British Eighth Army front S and E of Chieti, gun emplacements and troop concentrations all along the US Fifth Army front, especially NE and S of Cassino, and also bomb Roccasecca and docks at Civitavecchia.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): In the Solomon Islands, 14 B-24's bomb Monoitu on Bougainville Island. Smaller flights of B-24's bomb Poporang and Sohano Islands, and dispersal areas at Bonis Airfield on Bougainville. 5 B-25's, with fighter cover, hit Sankau Island.

RNZAF Ventura's attack targets on Green Island and in the Mawareka, Marveiropa, and Mamaregu areas. Fighter aircraft support USN dive bomber strikes on Sohano Island and gun positions at Bonis and afterwards strafe targets of opportunity at several points on Bougainville.

The 67FS, 347FG, which has been operating from New Georgia Island with P-39's since Oct 43, returns to it's base on Woodlark Island.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): B-24's hit Cape Gloucester Airfield on New Britain Island. On New Guinea, B-25's hit Sio and Kelana Harbor and P-40's hit the Timoeka area.

HQ 348FG transfers from Port Moresby to Finschhafen, New Guinea.

The 9FS, 49FG, transfers from Dobodura to Gusap, New Guinea with P-47's.

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POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 10 B-24's are dispatched from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands to bomb Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands; 9 are recalled because of weather; 1bombs the alternate target of Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

HQ 41BG(M) transfers from Hickam Field, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii to Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): 6 P-40's bomb and strafe barracks near Kunlong. 6 others bomb and strafe targets of opportunity in Hanoi, French Indochina.

ETO - THEATER OF OPERATIONS ETO - EUROPEAN TACTICAL OPERATIONS (9AF): The 9AF planning group joins the 21Army Group, AEAF, and the RAF's Second Tactical AF in preparation of the air section of the initial joint plan (Operation NEPTUNE): for Operation OVERLORD (the invasion of Normandy). This begins planning which later results in a massive 9AF plan for moving the Ninth into battle on the continent of Europe.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): Operations are restricted to weather reconnaissance.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, A-20's strike an artillery concentration near Sant'Elia Fiumerapido; All B-25 missions are abortive; A-36's and P-40 fighter-bombers bomb positions at Monte Trocchio, Cervaro, and Cardito, and the marshalling yard, barracks, warehouses, and docks at Nettuno and Anzio. In Yugoslavia, P-40's and P-51's, with SAAF escort, strafe a vessel near Trpanj.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 18 B-25's strike Malai; 6 others join USN dive bombers in pounding the Mutupina Point Area; 5 RNZAF Ventura's hit Poroporo and Tarekekori.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, P-47's intercept 35-40 aircraft attacking

Allied forces on the Arawe peninsula; at least 10 airplanes are claimed shot down; Cape Gloucester and nearby shipping are attacked by B-24's and B-25's.

In New Guinea, B-25's bomb the Sio area and P-39's sink 2 barges during a sweep along the Huon Peninsula.

The 341 and 342FSs, 348FG, transfer from Port Moresby to Finschhafen, New Guinea with P-47's.

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ZI - ZONE OF INTERIOR: (HQ AAF): General Henry H "Hap" Arnold sends to Air Chief Marshall Sir Charles F Portal (RAF) announcement of the US air officers for top commands in Europe in 1944. The list includes Lieutenant General Ira C Eaker, Allied AFs in the MTO - (MTO);

Lieutenant General John K Cannon, 12AF; Lieutenant General Nathan F Twining, 15AF; General Carl Spaatz, US Strategic Air Forces (USSAFE); Lieutenant General James H Doolittle, 8AF; and Lieutenant General Lewis H Brereton, 9AF.

POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 14 B-24's bomb Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands.

The 46th and 72FSs, 15FG, transfer from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands and Wheeler Field, Territory of Hawaii respectively to Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands with P-39's.

The 531FBS, 7AF, transfers from Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands to Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands with A-24's.

CHINA-BURMA-INDIA THEATER OF OPERATIONS EASTERN AIR COMMAND (EAC): The Third Tactical AF is activated under Air Marshall Sir John E Baldwin (RAF) as a major component of EAC.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, 27 B-24's, supported by 28 P-40's, pound the airfield at Namsang; some of the P-40's strafe Laihka Airfield; 2 B-25's on a sea sweep claim damaging hits on a freighter and a tanker in the Hainan Straits; 5 B-25's bomb SW part of Nanhsien.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In France, B-26's bomb Var River bridges, destroying a highway bridge and damaging a railroad bridge; other B-26's have less success against the Antheor viaduct, although there are several near misses.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): Weather limits operations. In Italy, P-40 fighter-bombers attack positions in Tollo, Canosa Sannita, and Orsogna, and strafe a schooner off Trogir; A-36's hit defended areas near Cassino and at Viticuso, a supply dump and gun emplacement near Tenacina, and positions at Monte Trocchio.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 10 B-24's bomb the Kahili supply area, 5 more hit the Bonis supply area, and 19 others hit targets in the Chabai-Porton area; 5 B-25's carry out low-level strike on troop concentrations at Poroporo and 11bomb Korovo; B-24's, operating individually and in small flights, on armed reconnaissance attack Kahili, Kieta, and Poporang; fighters strafe targets of opportunity at Numa Numa, Cape Pui Pui, and the E coast of Buka.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, 70+ B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester; 20+ B-25's bomb the Borgen Bay area; and nearly 40 B-24's hit Hoskins Airfield. In New Guinea, 33 A-20's bomb and strafe dumps and bivouacs N of Finschhafen.

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POA - PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (7AF): 29 B-24's from Nanumea Island in the Ellice Islands and Baker Island bomb barracks, hangars, and wharf areas on Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands and Maloelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands; they claim 7 fighters shot down. P-39's from Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands strafe Mille Atoll in the Caroline Islands, destroying 3 airplanes and firing an oil dump; 2 P-39's are lost.

CBI - BURMA-INDIA THEATER (10AF): 20 B-24's fly a night strike against newly expanded dock area at Bangkok, Thailand causing considerable destruction.

CBI - THEATER OF OPERATIONS - CHINA (14AF): In China, about 35 Japanese bombers and fighters attack Hengyang Airfield; 26 P-40's are sent up against the attacking force and shoot down 9; 2 P-40's are lost. 12 B-25's and 8 P-40's attack Nanhsien and Ansiang.

ETO - EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (8AF): VIII BC Mission 158: 5 B-17's drop 1million leaflets on Paris, Amiens and Chartres, France at 2059-2135 hours; no losses or casualties.

MTO - STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (15AF): In Austria, about 50 B-24's attack the Messerschmitt plant at Augsburg and and about 100 B-17's hit the marshalling yard at Innsbruck. P-38's and P-47's provide partial escort. 9 heavy bombers are lost; US aircraft claim 37 fighters shot down. In Italy, P-47's of the 325FG, dispatched for escort duty, miss the rendezvous with the heavy bombers and instead strafe Ancona Airfield, truck convoys at Porto Civitsnova, a train near Senigallia, and a vessel at Roseto degli Abruzzi; B-26's bomb the Perugia railroad installations and marshalling yards at Castiglione della Valle and Foligno.

HQ 98BG(H) and it's 343d, 344th and 415BS(H) transfer from Brindisi to Manduria, Italy with B-24's.

MTO - TACTICAL OPERATIONS (12AF): In Italy, B-25's bomb the Terni marshalling yard and the Orte marshalling yard and airfield; A-20's attack road, bridge, and the town of Orte and hit Cassino; P-40's bomb Orsogna, Sant' Elia Fiumerapido, and dump near Arce, and hit shipping at Split, Trogir, and Solin, Yugoslavia. A-36's hit railroad and harbor area at Civitavecchia, Italy.

SOPAC - SOUTH PACIFIC AREA (13AF): On Bougainville Island in the Solomon Islands, 24 B-25's bomb the Moisuru bivouac and supply dump; other planes on armed reconnaissance hit targets of opportunity at Buka, Bonis, Ratsua, Poporang, Kara, Kahili, Koiaris, and on Nissan Island. 16 B-24's, escorted by 50 AAF and RNZAF fighters, bomb the town of Rabaul and Simpson Harbor on New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago.

SWPA - SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (5AF): On New Britain Island in the Bismarck Archipelago, Cape Gloucester is bombed by more than 140 B-24's, B-25's, and B-26's as pre-invasion operations increase; 37 P-40's hit Gasmata Island off the S coast of New Britain; and 20 A-20's pound forces NE of Arawe. In New Guinea, about 30 B-25's, A-20's, and P-39's hit barges, bivouac