08/01/43

NAAF

During 31 Jul/1 Aug NASAF Wellingtons drop leaflets on Rome and Naples, and bomb Randazzo and Adrano. During following day, B-17's bomb Capodichino A/F, and B-25's hit Milazzo. NATAF LBs and MBs hit Paterno, Randazzo, Adrano, Bronte, Santa Maria di Licondia, and motor transport in Orlando area. NACAF Beaufighters score hits on shipping between Sardinia and Italy. US ground forces adv E along coast of Sicily, approach Troina further inland, and begin movement to flank defenses. British, to S, penetrate into Regalbuto.


08/01/43

Ninth AF

177 B-24's, of IX BC (including HBs on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the tgts is severe. More than 230 P-40's, largest Ninth AF total to date, attack Adrano, area near Randazzo, Messina, Milazzo, Taormina, and shipping in Straits of Messina.


08/01/43

Tenth AF

8 B-25's hit E approach of the road bridge at Shweli, damaging cable anchorages and pylons but leaving bridge usable.


08/01/43

Fifth AF

A lone B-24 bombs A/F at Lae.


08/01/43

Thirteenth AF

P-40's and Navy aircraft again hit Munda, bombing AA positions, ammo dumps, and other tgts. 21 B-24's, 16 P-38's, and P-40's, and 30-plus Navy airplanes pound Kahili A/F; other P-40's and 80-plus Navy aircraft hit shipping in nearby waters.


08/01/43

Eleventh AF

7 B-24's bomb Kiska Main Camp area through overcast.


08/02/43

Atlantic

4th Antisub Sq sinks U706 in E Atlantic, 46-15N 10-25W.


08/02/43

Eighth AF

MBs attack Merville and Saint-Omer/Ft Rouge A/Fs.


08/02/43

NAAF

NATAF ftrs, LBs, and MBs hit trucks, dump and road junction in NE Sicily, docks and shipping at Milazzo, Messina and in Reggio di Calabria area, and T/Os (mainly motor transport) from Barcellona S to Adrano. In Sicily, US ground forces push slowly W while British troops gain control of Regalbuto and fight indecisively in streets of Centuripe.


08/02/43

Ninth AF

P-40's attack shipping in Straits of Messina and off Milazzo.


08/02/43

Fifth AF

B-17's bomb supply dumps on shores of Hansa Bay and T/Os along Francisco R. A-20's hit Buiambun and B-25's pound barges from Lae to Bogadjim, from Lae to Kepler Pt, and from Bubui R to Lepsius Pt. B-24's bomb Lae harbor, Salamaua, and W shore of Voco Pt.


08/02/43

Thirteenth AF

B-25's, B-17's, P-40's, and Navy ftrs pound shores of Bairoko harbor. B-24's, B-25's, P-40's and Navy F- 4U's hit supply area on W side of Webster Cove.


08/02/43

Eleventh AF

8 B-24's, 9 B-25's, and 8 P-38's hit Kiska in 2 waves bombing and strafing North Head, and coast guns on Little Kiska, scoring several hits. 1 or 2 enemy aircraft over Attu cannot be intercepted due to weather.


08/03/43

Eighth AF

Gen Kepner becomes CG, VIII FC."


08/03/43

NAAF

NATAF LBs hit tac tgts in battle area in Sicily. Ftrs, LBs, and MBs hit shipping in Straits of Messina and at Milazzo and attack Adrano and Biancavilla and gun emplacements and bridges in the area. US forces continue E along N coast toward Furiano R. At Troina, further inland, enemy continues firm resistance.


08/03/43

Ninth AF

B-25's bomb Adrano and its highway approaches. Over 300 P-40's, largest Ninth AF total to date, attack harbors and shipping at Milazzo and Messina, and give direct spt to British ground forces in Catania-Bronte area.


08/03/43

Fifth AF

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 Bubui, Masaweng, Mindjim, and Kofebi Rivers and Bogadjim Road. Also bombed are W coast of Borgen Bay and island in Marien Harbor.


08/03/43

Eleventh AF

6 attack missions 2 of which abort--are flown to Kiska by B-24's, B-25's, P-38's, and P-40's. Numerous tgts hit and strafed include installations at North Head and South Head.


08/04/43

Eighth AF

33 B-26's hit shipyards at Le Trait.


08/04/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's bomb Naples submarine base. B-26's and B-25's hit railroad bridge at Catanzaro and railroad at Paola. NATAF MBs, LBs, and ftrs attack comm tgts, gun positions, and storage areas in Milazzo-Adrano-Biancavilla and Bronte-Riposto-Fiumefreddo areas. A number of NATAF aircraft hit rail sidings on toe of Italy and attack shipping off Messina. In Sicily, British cross Salso R with 2 divs, while other forces prepare to drive on Catania and others continue toward Misterbianco.


08/04/43

Ninth AF

P-40's attack shipping at Messina and spt ground forces at N end of Mount Etna. US troops are halted by fierce opposition at Furiano R and at Troina.


08/04/43

Fifth AF

B-25's bomb and strafe Itni R area and hit several villages on Selaroe I. Single B-24's bomb dump area on Francisco R and Cape Gloucester A/F.


08/04/43

Thirteenth AF

B-25's, and Navy dive bmrs, bomb Gurasai-Kindu area. Some of the MBs also strafe areas emitting intense small arms fire, silencing it. P-38's and P-40's claim 11 ftrs downed in series of running battles over C Solomons.


08/04/43

Eleventh AF

Between 0855 and 1846, 153 tons of bombs are dropped on Kiska, a new one-day record. 6 armed weather, photo and rcn 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. 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. Tgts hit include buildings near radio station, and gun battery area on North Head. Little Kiska and Segula I are also strafed.


08/05/43

NAAF

NATAF ftrs, LBs, and MBs attack troops, roads, and gun positions at Adrano and Troina and surrounding areas in spt of Allied ground forces, hit motor transport behind enemy lines in Sicily and on toe of Italy, and sink or damage over 20 small vessels and barges at Milazzo and in Straits of Messina. NASAF B-17's, operating in 2 forces, hit Messina docks and railroad yards. B-25's bomb Guspini switching station, and P-40's, after escorting the B-25's, attack and probably sink U-boat off SW Sardinia. US forces open assault on San Fratello ridge, and further inland gain positions overlooking Troina. Enemy withdraws from town during night. British 13 Corps overruns Paterno, Misterbianco, and Catania, British 30 Corps continues toward Adrano.


08/05/43

Ninth AF

B-25's bomb town, roads, and road junctions of Francavilla. P-40's attack Messina harbor and shipping in the Straits of Messina.


08/05/43

Fifth AF

More than 30 B-25's pound barges near Madang and at Alexishafen, and hit Nuru R bridge and towns of Bogadjim and Saidor. A single B-24 bombs Finschhafen while another hits Vitu Is. Lt Col Malcolm A Moore takes cmd of newly formed Second Air TF based at recently constructed adv A/F at Tsili Tsili. Strikes from here will facilitate operations against Lae.


08/05/43

Thirteenth AF

B-24's bomb shore of Rekata Bay W of Brokeiello Pt area. B-25's and Navy ftrs strafe barges on NE coast of Gizo I. Munda A/F, principal objective of C Solomons campaign, is taken by XIV Corps forces after 12 continuous days of fierce fighting in jungle area.


08/06/43

Caribbean

10th Bomb Sq and USN land-based aircraft sink U-615 at 12-38N 64-15W.


08/06/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's bomb coastal roads near Messina. B-26's and B-25's hit road junction SW of Badiazza and railroad bridges N of Gesso. NATAF LBs and MBs hit roads, junctions, and buildings in Troina, Adrano, Bagnara, Biancavilla, Tortorici, Bronte, Piraino, and Randazzo areas. FBs hit shipping from Vibo Valentia, S to Straits of Messina. US troops are unable to cross Furiano R as fierce resistance continues. At Troina troops push through town and 1 mi to E before opposition halts them. British take Biancavilla, and Adrano falls as enemy pulls out during 6/7 Aug."


08/06/43

Ninth AF

60-plus B-25's hit Bronte, Catania, and Randazzo and the area N of Adrano-Biancavilla road. Over 20 others bomb road intersections in Adrano and Bronte. Over 100 P-40's attack shipping and shore tgts in Messina area while 30 others attack shipping on W coast of Sicily.


08/06/43

Fifth AF

B-24's, during 6/7 Aug bomb Laha A/F.


08/06/43

Thirteenth AF

20 P-39's and P-40's hit Tanagaba Harbor area. 24 B-17's and B-24's, 24 B-25's, and 50 plus Navy and Marine ftrs and dive bmrs pound Rekata Bay area, hitting bivouac and supply areas.


08/07/43

NAAF

Throughout the day NATBF MBs and LBs 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, warehouse N of Messina, dumps on toe of Italy, and vehicles and comm tgts in Sant' Agata di Militello, Bronte, Cesaro, Tortorici, Castiglione di Sicilia and Riposto areas. NASAF B-25's in 2 forces hit Crotone landing ground while B-26's bomb Marina di Catanzaro railroad bridge and highway bridge over Angitola R. US forces improve positions on N coast in San Fratello region against heavy resistance. During 7/8 Aug, small amphibious force lands on coast 2 mi E of Sant' Agata di Militello, greatly aiding progress along coast. Other forces begin drive on Randazzo.


08/07/43

Ninth AF

150 B-25's attack Randazzo. Over 140 P-40's attack shipping at Messina and in the Straits, and shipping and shore-supply stores along NE coast of Sicily.


08/07/43

Fifth AF

B-40's on armed rcn from Sinti to Yoyang to Sienning, strafe and bomb several T/Os; 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 convoy E of Hong Kong; 1 freighter is hit amidships, causing heavy damage; 2 other vessels are also effectively damaged.


08/07/43

Fifth AF

B-24's pound Dagua But, and Tadji. A-20's hit barges on Bubui R. B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester A/F while B-25's sweep along NW coast, bombing and strafing barges and enemy-occupied villages.


08/07/43

Thirteenth AF

24 B-24's, along with 20 P-40's and P-39's and 20 plus Navy F-4U's, pound Kahili A/F. Allied airplanes claim more than 30 Japanese shot down. 6 US aircraft are lost.


08/08/43

NAAF

NASAF B-26's hit highway and rail bridges at Angitola, while P-38's strafe trains and other T/Os SW of the town. NATAF LBs and MBs pound Randazzo. Ftrs hit road tgts N of Etna, shipping in Straits of Messina and cover ground forces at Saint' Agata di Militello.


08/08/43

Ninth AF

Over 90 B-25's bomb Randazzo area. More than 130 P-40's hit shipping at Messina and provide ground spt in NE Sicily as US and British forces push E and N, capturing Saint' Agata di Militello, Monte Camolato, and Bronte.


08/08/43

Fifth AF

B-24's attack Larat, shipping at Semboh, and barges at Kokas.


08/08/43

Thirteenth AF

23 B-25's, with P-38's, P-39's, and Navy F-4U's as cover, bomb Vila and Buki harbor.


08/09/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's bomb crossroads N of Messina, B-25's hit Catanzaro and Soverato R bridges, B-26's attack Angitola R bridges, P-40's sweep over S Sardinia, and P-38's hit lighthouse and other T/Os in S Italy. NATAF bmrs hit Gesso road junction. Ftrs concentrate on highways and junctions and also hit rail sidings and gun positions in areas around Linguagossa, Floresta, Falcone, Patti, Orlando, Novara di Sicilia, and Milazzo. US troops reach Torrenuovo, and, to the S, drive enemy back to Simeto R between Cesaro and Randazzo.


08/09/43

Ninth AF

B-25's hit Divieto and nearby tunnel W of Spadafora San Martino, and attack special points in battle area of NE Sicily. P-40's hit shipping at Messina, Milazzo, and Palmi."


08/09/43

Fifth AF

B-17's, B-24's, and B-25's bomb Salamaua, Lae, Nuk Nuk, Somoa harbor at mouth of Francisco R, barge near Reiss Pt, and bridges on Bogadjim-Ramu road, Barges and machine- gun positions along Borgen Bay, installations at Unea I, and T/Os at Alilit are bombed. Amboina is thoroughly pounded.


08/09/43

Thirteenth AF

10 B-25's with ftr cover, bomb Vila. Shortly there-after 22 B-24's strike the same tgt.


08/09/43

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 flies photo rcn over various Kiska sites.


08/10/43

NAAF

Gen Dunn takes cmd of NAAF TCC (Prov). NASAF P- 38's bomb and strafe comm tgts on toe of Italy. Bridges at Angitola and N of Locri are attacked. NATAF planes fly anti- shipping sweeps over costal areas of NE Sicily and Straits of Messina, carry out armed rcn over battle areas and toe of Italy, and bomb Randazzo. US Seventh Army forces pursue enemy to point W of Naso near N coast of Sicily. During 10/11 Aug, 3d Inf Div makes amphibious landing on coast, outflanking enemy E of Capo d'Orlando. 9th Inf Div reaches point N of Bronte.


08/10/43

Ninth AF

B-25's attack Randazzo while P-40's bomb and strafe shipping on SW coast of Italy and in Straits of Messina.


08/10/43

Fifth AF

Over 20 B-24's pound A/Fs in Salamaua area. 12 B-25's hit barges in Lae area and AA positions W of Borgen Bay. 6 A-20's bomb and strafe barges in Labu Lagoon and in Gasmata area.


08/10/43

Thirteenth AF

Col William A Matheny becomes acting CG, XIII BC, a position he is officially assigned to on 30 Sep. P- 40's and P-39's turn back about 40 ftrs attacking US bulldozers working on Munda A/F.


08/10/43

Eleventh AF

P-38's, P-40's, A-24's, B-24's and B- 25's bomb and strafe various Kiska tgts. Direct hits are scored on revetments W of Wheat Grove and on gun emplacements, as well as on buildings on Little Kiska.


08/11/43

International

Quebec Conference begins. Roosevelt and Churchill discuss entire spectrum of world operations and decide on future action of Anglo-US armed forces.


08/11/43

NAAF

NASAF again hits comm tgts on toe of Italy. B-17's hit Terni M/Y, B-25's bomb Angitola R bridges, and B-26's and P-38's attack bridge at Catanzaro. NATAF FB's spt US Seventh Army's landing E of Orlando by attacking troop concentrations, gun positions, and comm lines leading to the area. US Seventh Army forces take Naso and press closer to Randazzo. MBs apt British Eighth Army by raiding Flumefreddo and Randazzo area.


08/11/43

Ninth AF

Over 90 B-25's bomb bridge, roads, railway, and city area in and about Randazzo. About 170 P-40's hit Randazzo, shipping at Milazzo and Messina, road and train near Messina, and troop movements and evacuations in NE Sicily.


08/11/43

Fifth AF

A B-24 on armed rcn sinks enemy freighter NW of Kavieng. Second Air TF completes movement to Tsili Tsili A/F.


08/11/43

Thirteenth AF

5 B-24's hit supply area on E side of Suavanau Pt and at Papatura Fa I.


08/11/43

Eleventh AF

B-24's, B-25's, A-24's, and P-38's pound Kiska tgts in 11 attack missions. Later, 10 rcn, 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 drop bombs and incendiaries on Paramushiru I tgts, including Kash-iwabara A/F and Shimushu I where Kataoka naval base and staging area are hit. 40 enemy aircraft challenge the attackers, which score 4 confirmed kills, 1 probable, and 4 possibles.


08/12/43

Eighth AF

243 HBs attack tgts in the Ruhr, concentrating on manufacturing installations at Bonn and synthetic oil industries at Gelsenkirchen. 26 airplanes are lost on mission."


08/12/43

NAAF

NASAF B-25's attack landing grounds at Crotone, and B-26's hit Grazzanise A/F. MBs claim 9 ftrs shot down. NATAF P-40's and A-36's hit shipping along NE coast of Sicily and in Straits of Messina, attack gun positions and vehicles at Capo Calava and E of Randazzo, and hit bridge at Taormina and roads in Maletto-Fiumefreddo areas. NATAF bmrs athek Patti, Falcone, Barcellona, and Nunziata. US Seventh Army continues to pursue enemy E along N coast. Further inland US forces gain favorable position from which to assault Randazzo, but enemy withdraws during 12/13 Aug, precluding attack. British Eighth Army seizes Maletto and Riposto."


08/12/43

Ninth AF

7 B-25's attack Falcone, Patti, Novara di Sicilia, and Barcellona. P-40's bomb and strafe shipping at Messina.


08/12/43

Fifth AF

B-25's hit Bogadjim Yaula road. A-20's bomb and strafe Gasmata and nearby barges. A B-24 hits Cape Gloucester A/F.


08/12/43

Thirteenth AF

20-plus B-24's, with P-40 and F-4U cover, bomb Kahili A/F, causing considerable damage in dispersal and runway areas. The Allied airplanes claim 11 Zeros shot down. 1 P-40 and 1 F-4U are lost.


08/12/43

Eleventh AF

From Adak B-24's and B-25's fly 26 bombing, strafing, and radar and photo rcn sorties over Kiska tgts. From Amchitka 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 rcn and photo sorties. Tgts include runway, harbor and shipping installations, army barracks, and Rose Hill area.


08/13/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's bomb Lorenzi M/Y, and B-25's and B-26's hit Littoria M/Y. Other B-25's hit vessel off Pizzo. P-40's fly sweep over S Sardinia, strafing small boats, power station, and railroad junction NATAF LBs and MBs bomb Piedimonte, Falcone, and bridges N of Scaletta. A-36's and ftrs hit tgts in NE Sicily, Straits of Messina and on toe of Italy, including Gioia Tauro, Barcellona, road junction E of Randazzo, M/Y and trucks at Spadafora, trucks between Taormina and Baracca, and barges, ferries, and small vessels in the Strait of Messina. US Seventh Army enters Randazzo with out opposition. Coastal forces continue E toward Patti.


08/13/43

Ninth AF

61 B-24's hit aircraft factory at Wiener-Neustadt in first Ninth AF raid on Austria. Over 80 B-25's hit Piedimonte, Falcone, and shipping at Messina. More than 200 P-40's attack shipping and bridges along SW Italian coast, hit shipping in Straits of Messina, and fly armed rcn and FB operations in NE Sicily.


08/13/43

Fourteenth AF

4 P-40's bomb and strafe enemy installations at Lungling.


08/13/43

Fifth AF

59 B-24's, B-17's, and B-26's drop 175 tons of bombs in Salamaua area in the heaviest single day strike by Fifth AF to date. 9 other B-24's bomb oil center at Balikpapan during late night raid; the round trip covers 1,200 mi.


08/13/43

Thirteenth AF

4 P-40's become the first Allied aircraft to land on the reconstructed Munda A/F; after refueling, they are sent on a sweep of the Kolombangara coast. 9 B-17's, with ftr cover, bomb Kape Harbor depot; 2 others on armed rcn bomb Vila. 12 B-25's bomb supply areas in Rekata Bay area. 2 B-24's on armed rcn hit Suavanau Pt, 8 bomb Ballale I A/F, and 13 bomb Kahili A/F.


08/13/43

Eleventh AF

7 B-26's from Adak bomb tgts at Main Camp and North Head at Kiska and Little Kiska. A B-24 flies a special rcn mission. From Amchitka B-24's, B-25's, A-24's, and P-38's fly 8 more bombing missions against Kiska pounding Camp area, gun emplacements, buildings, shipping, and airstrip revetments.


08/14/43

NAAF

NASAF P-38's sweep toe of Italy but find little enemy movement. NATAF ftrs, MBs, and Lbs, 3 hit refueling depot at Nicola, near Gesso, road junction N of Palmi, shipping in straits and along W coast of Italy N to Gioia, and numerous T/Os in NE Sicily and S Italy as enemy continues orderly evacuation from Sicily to mainland Italy across Straits of Messina. US troops speed E along coast to Barcellona area and also continue pursuit of enemy E of Randazzo.


08/14/43

Ninth AF

61 B-24's, on loan from Eighth AF bomb Me 109 factory at Wiener-Neustadt. B-25's attack road junctions and vehicle concentrations along NE coast of Sicily and bomb crossroads N of Palmi. P-40's hit shipping in Milazzo and Messina area and along Italian coast in Palmi area.


08/14/43

Fifth AF

More than 60 B-24's, B-17's, and B-25's pound Salamaua area battle zone. With close air and arty spt, US forces push to crest of Roosevelt Ridge. Enemy retains several ridges along Dot Inlet. A-20's strafe barges near Finschhafen. B-25's hit barges at Talasea and Rein Bay, and B-25's bomb Koepang.


08/14/43

Thirteenth AF

9 B-17's bomb Rekata Bay area."


08/14/43

Eleventh AF

2 B-24's fly special radar ferret and rcn missions. 1 B-26, 8 B-24's, and 10 P-38's then fly 2 attack missions to Kiska, bombing with unobserved results.


08/15/43

Eighth AF

Over 300 HBs are dispatched to bomb GAF A/Fs in France and the Netherlands. The majority concentrates on Vlissingen A/F and on A/Fs at Lille and Merville. MBs attack Saint-Omer/Ft Rouge A/F and the Mn at Abbeville.


08/15/43

NAAF

NASAF B-25's and B-26's bomb Sibari railroad junction and M/Y, and P-38's hit trains, troops, radar, and Staletti railroad tracks and tunnel. P-40's attack bivouac area near Monserrato. During 16/16 Aug, US Seventh Army troops land on Sicilian N coast NW of Barcellona to block enemy withdrawal. 3d Inf Div heads along N coast to Spadafora. British Eighth Army troops complete drive around Mount Etna as Randazzo-Linguaglossa road is closed. Linguaglossa and Taormina are taken.


08/15/43

Ninth AF

B-25's hit shipping along beaches of Sant' Agata di Militello. Over 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.


08/15/43

Fifth AF

HBs again hit Salamaua area. 12 Japanese bmrs, escorted by more than 20 ftrs, attack Tsili Tsili A/F for first time. Intercepting P-39's claim 14 airplanes downed. 3 P-39's are lost.


08/15/43

Thirteenth AF

COMAIR, New Georgia cmd post, recently opened at Munda Pt by Gen Mulcahy, USMC, conducts its first full day of operations. Ftrs are sent to cover amphibious landings at Vella Lavella I where elements of 25th Inf Div, and supporting units, go ashore in Barakoma area and establish beachhead. Allied airplanes knock down about 25 Japanese aircraft (7 by AAF ftrs) attacking the landings. Corsairs also claim 10 Japanese shot down over Kahili. B-25's bomb Papatura Fa and Ighiti Is in Rekata Bay area.


08/15/43

Eleventh AF

US and Canadian troops invade Kiska and discover that the Japanese, under the cover of fog, evacuated their garrison. A P-38 bombs and strafes Sniper Hill.


08/16/43

Eighth AF

169 HBs, escorted all the way to the tgt by P-47's using drop tanks, hit Le Bourget air depot in the Paris area. Smaller strikes are made at Poix and Abbeville/Drucat A/Fs. MBs hit locomotive works at Denain, and A/Fs at Beaumont-le-Roger, and Bernay/Saint Martin.


08/16/43

NAAF

NASAF MBs hit Staletti and temporary bridge at Angitola. NATAF Lbs and MBs hit shipping in Straits of Messina and from N of Messina to Capo Peloro. A-36's and P-40's concentrate on comm tgts on 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 and in Golfo di Sant' Eufemia.


08/16/43

Ninth AF

86 B-24's bomb city area and A/Fs at Foggia. Over 50 B-25's hit landing craft concentrations near Ganzirri and Messina, and 100-plus P-40's hit shipping at Messina and in Straits of Messina, as enemy continues withdrawal of rear guard troop to mainland Italy. Before midnight, US patrols enter Messina, which is under fire from Italian coast.


08/16/43

Tenth AF

Bmrs hit and claim 2 small vessels sunk about 130 mi S of Rangoon.


08/16/43

Fourteenth AF

4 P-40's bomb town of Tengehung.


08/16/43

Fifth AF

Oil tanks at Balikpapan are hit by 2 B-24's. 5 B-25's bomb Larat. 15 P-38's and 32 P-47's intercept 25 ftrs preparing to attack transport vessels near Tsili Tsili. The strike is completely thwarted and 12 ftrs shot down. This marks first combat use of the P-47 in SWPA.


08/16/43

Thirteenth AF

9 B-24's bomb Papatura Fa I. 12 B-25's, 5 B-17's, and 30-plus Navy planes attack Vila A/F.


08/16/43

Eleventh AF

A B-24 rcn flight reconnoiters North Head, Main Camp, and northern Kiska, and observes friendly forces' unopposed adv into Main Camp.


08/17/43

Eighth AF

On first anniversary of US HB operations from UK, 315 B-17's launch two-pronged attack into Germany, marking deepest penetration of German territory to date. The critical tgts are the Messerschmitt complex at Regensburg and the anti friction-bearing factories at Schwein-furt. The bmrs unload a 724 ton bomb load, causing extensive damage. Every important building in the complex at Regensburg is damaged, and there are 80 HE hits on the 2 main bearing plants at Schweinfurt. 60 US aircraft are lost in fierce air battle that extends to the tgts and continues after the bombing. 4th Bomb Wg, after bombing Regensburg, continues to bases in N Africa. During 17/18 Aug RAF begins CROSSBOW, massive attacks on German V-weapon sites. About 670 aircraft drop 2,000 tons of bombs on Peenemunde.


08/17/43

NAAF

Sicily campaign ends with official entry of US Seventh Army's 3d Div into Messina at 1000. British force from Ali arrives shortly there after. Fall of Sicily paves way for it stepped-up air offensive against Italy. About 180 NASAF B-17's attack Istres-IoTube and Salon-de-Provence A/Fs. Around 100 MBs attack comm tgts on N part of Italian toe, hitting Battipaglia and Castrovillari with damaging effect; escorting P-38's strafe vehicles in the area. NATAF ftrs and LBs pound shipping in Straits of Messina and Gulf of Gioia, hit rail center at Lamezia, and harass enemy movement on the Italian toe.


08/17/43

Ninth AF

More than 200 P-40's hit shipping at Messina, at Palmi, and in Gulf of Gioia.


08/17/43

Fourteenth AF

23 B-24's, operating in 3 waves, bomb barracks at Cau Lo. 4 P-40's bomb town of Mangshih.


08/17/43

Fifth AF

More than 50 B-24's and B-17's make predawn attack on Wewak and satellite A/Fs at Boram, Dogaw, and But, and also hit Tadji and Madang. During midmorning, 30 plus B-25's, with over 80 P-38's covering, carry out the day's second bombing and strafing strike on Boram, Wewak, and Dagaw. This begins campaign to neutralize Japanese A/Fs in preparation for offensive against Lae. A-20's again hit enemy forces in Salamaua area. B-24's bomb oil facilities at Balikpapan.


08/17/43

Eleventh AF

1 B-24 flies over Kiska watching friendly forces land on shore of E Kiska Lake.


08/18/43

Eighth AF

MBs hit A/Fs at Woensdrecht and Ypres-Vlamertinge. Primary tgt of Lille/ Vendeville A/F is not bombed because of mechanical trouble with comm equipment and bombsight in lead plane.


08/18/43

NAAF

NASAF ftrs and MBs hit barracks and railroad at Gonnesa, sink small vessel in Golfo di Sant' Eufemia, and bomb and strafe railway station, bridge, and tracks at Soverato, bridges and road junction at Angitola, and highway and road junction at Staletti. NATAF airplanes hit gun positions and road and rail transport in S Italy.


08/18/43

Ninth AF

P-40's attack motor transport between Scilla and Bagnara, and bomb shipping off Scilla.


08/18/43

Fifth AF

More than 70 B-24's, B-25's, and B-17's, with cover of almost 100 ftrs, blast A/Fs at Wewak, Boram, Dagua, and But. The midmorning attacks cause heavy destruction of Japanese airplanes on the ground, and US ftrs and bmrs claim over 30 enemy aircraft shot down.


08/19/43

Eighth AF

93 HBs hit A/Fs at Flushing and Gilze-Rijen. Smaller numbers strike at Amiens and Poix. MBs attack Amiens/Glisy and Poix A/Fs.


08/19/43

NAAF

Over 160 NASAF B-17's bomb Foggia M/Y, while almost 100 MBs hit M/Ys at Sapri and Salerno. The HBs, MBs, and escorting P-38's claim 34 enemy planes shot down, against 8 losses. NATAF A-36's attack Catanzaro M/Y. P-40's on sweeps over Italian toe attack train near Melito di Porto Salvo and strafe small number of trucks.


08/19/43

Ninth AF

About 70 B-24's bomb M/Y at Foggia. P-40's fly coastal rcn over toe of Italy and bomb roads and buildings.


08/19/43

Tenth AF

Gen Davidson becomes CG Tenth AF."


08/19/43

Fifth AF

B-24's attack Manokwari, sink small craft near Babo, and bomb Larat and Saumlakki. B-26's hit Koepang, Fuiloro, and Lautem.


08/19/43

Thirteenth AF

B-25's, operating in pairs and with ftr escort, hit barges at Timbala Bay and Kakasa, radio station on Gill I, and beached vessel in Paraso Bay. From this date through 26 Aug, Japanese airplanes attack Allied forces in Barakoma area of Vella Lavella, losing a considerable number of aircraft (claims total about 50) to Allied ftrs and ground fire without doing any great damage to the Allies.


08/20/43

Eighth AF

B-26's and A-20's carry out light raids on Dornier air frame factory at Flushing and M/Y at Abbeville."


08/20/43

NAAF

NASAF B-26's hit Capua and Aversa M/Y, while B-25's bomb Benevento M/Y, and P-40's attack A/F at Monserrato. NATAF ftrs hit road and railway at Gioia and trucks near Locri during missions along E and W coast of Italian toe.


08/20/43

Ninth AF

P-40's strafe and bomb shipping off Italian toe and comm tgts on land. Hits are scored on bridges, railway yards, and railway cars.


08/20/43

CBI

AAF, India-Burma Sector, China-Burma-India Theater is activated at New Delhi. Gen Stratemeyer assumes cmd. Components include Tenth AF, CBI ASC (Prov), CBI Trg Unit (Prov), and several lesser units.


08/20/43

Tenth AF

X AFSC personnel and organizations are absorbed by CBI ASC (Prov) which is activated on this date at New Delhi. Gen Oliver, CG X AFSC, becomes CG CBI ASC.


08/20/43

Fourteenth AF

6 B-25's, with ftr escort, bomb Tien Ho A/F at Canton; the MBs and ftrs claim 5 interceptors shot own. 15 P-40's intercept 21 ftrs over Kweilin; 2 P-40's and 21 Zeros are shot down.


08/20/43

Fifth AF

24 B-24's, escorted by 46 P-38's, hit Boram A/F in late morning; P-38's claim 19 ftrs shot down. A-20's bomb Lae and hit 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.


08/20/43

Thirteenth AF

HQ XIII BC moves from Espiritu Santo to Guadalcanal.


08/21/43

NAAF

NASAF B-26's and B-17's bomb M/Ys at Villa Literno and Aversa. P-38 escort also attacks Aversa. NASAF aircraft claim over 20 enemy ftrs shot down. NATAF Fbs hit traffic on Bovalino-Bagnara road.


08/21/43

Ninth AF

B-24's attack railroad station, M/Y, and air depot at Cancello Arnone.


08/21/43

Fourteenth AF

14 B-24's, 7 B-25's, and 11 P-40's attack docks and A/F at Hankow. A large force of ftrs, estimated at more than 60, attacks the HB formation, shooting down 2 of the B-24's. Gunners on HBs claim more than 40 ftrs shot down. In Hengyang area, 19 P-40's battle 33 airplanes, shooting down 5 Zeros. S of Changsha, 9 P-38's clash with 12 Zeros, shooting down 3.


08/21/43

Fifth AF

B-25's pound But and Dagua A/Fs. B-17's bomb Bogadjim area. Single B-24's hit Salamaua area and T/O at Malahang. B-24's carry out damaging strike against Pombelaa.


08/21/43

Thirteenth AF

B-25's and ftrs strafe barges in Doveli Cove and Marquana and Paraso Bays.


08/21/43

Eleventh AF

During the Aleutian Campaign 3 Jun 42-21 Aug 43 Eleventh AF destroyed 69 aircraft, sank 21 and damaged 29 ships, and lost 29 of its own aircraft.


08/22/43

Eighth AF

35 B-26's hit Beaumont-le-Roger A/F.


08/22/43

NAAF

NASAF B-26's, with escort of NATAF A-36's, bomb Mn at Salerno. MBs and escort claim 26 enemy ftrs destroyed. NATAF ftrs on armed rcn hit motor transport S of Locri-Gioia Tauro area and NE of Bagnara.


08/22/43

Ninth AF

All ftr and MB gps of Ninth AF are transferred to Twelfth AF.


08/22/43

Fourteenth AF

4 P-40's bomb Japanese HQ and supply dump at Tengehung, and strafe trucks and troops in the area; 2 others strafe road traffic between Tengehung and Lungling.


08/22/43

Fifth AF

B-25's strike Dili. As result of air offensive against Wewak and satellite A/Fs, Japanese airpower on New Guinea is sufficiently neutralized for 4 Allied destroyers to proceed along coast from Milne Bay to Finschhafen. After bombarding Finschhafen during 22/23 Aug, the warships return to Milne Bay.


08/22/43

Thirteenth AF

B-25's and naval dive bmrs, escorted by ftr aircraft, bomb barge centers on W Vella Lavella I."


08/23/43

Ninth AF

B-24's hit Mn at Bari.


08/23/43

NAAF

NASAF B-26's bomb Battipaglia M/Y. FBs hit factory and barracks near Cagliari. NATAF P-40's and A-36's escort NASAF B-26's, and Spitfires fly uneventful tac rcn over NE Sicily and toe of Italy.


08/23/43

Tenth AF

B-25's fly low-level strike against Myitnge bridge, knocking out a center span and badly damaging 2 others.


08/23/43

Fifth AF

B-24's bomb town and A/F of Kendari. B-25's hit tgts in Aroe Is. B-25's pound Kela. B-25's hit Marawasa, Finschhafen, and Lillum Saun.


08/23/43

Thirteenth AF

B-24's and P-39's strafe T/Os on Wagina I.


08/24/43

Eighth AF

86 HBs hit aircraft works in main strike at Villacoublay. Other planes bomb A/Fs at Conches and Evreux. 84 B-17's, which had flown to N Africa after attacking Regensburg on 17 Aug, bomb Bordeaux on return flight to UK.


08/24/43

NAAF

NATAF FBs hit railroad tunnel and cruiser offshore at Sapri, tracks and buildings at Castrovillari, and town area at Sibari. DAF (British) airplanes strafe motor transport N of Reggio di Calabria and provide withdrawal cover for the NATAF Fbs."


08/24/43

Fourteenth AF

7 B-24's and 6 B-25's, escorted by 22 P-40's and P-38's, bomb A/Fs at Hankow and Wuchang. 4 B-24's are lost. The HBs, MBs, and ftrs claim 24 enemy interceptors shot down.


08/24/43

Fifth AF

B-24's thoroughly pound Wewak and bomb Salamaua. B-25's bomb Larat and barges E of Wotap.


08/24/43

Thirteenth AF

25 B-24's, with ftr escort, bomb Papatura Fa I and attack E shore of Ringa Cove. P-39's strafe barges at Kakasa.


08/24/43

ZI

AAF Antisub Cmd is redesignated I BC after AAF and USN reached agreement under which the AAF withdrew from antisub operations; subsequently, I BC, Second AF, is redesignated XX BC.


08/25/43

Eighth AF

US HBs are assigned role of bombing important GAF targets in Operation STARKEY, designed to contain enemy forces in west to prevent their transfer to Eastern Front, and to serve as dress rehearsal in Pas de Calais area for invasion of W Europe. Allies hope to provoke Luftwaffe into prolonged air battle. MBs hit A/Fs of Triqueville, Bernay/Saint Martin, and Beaumont-le-Roger and the power station at Le Grand-Quevilly.


08/25/43

NAAF

Around 135 B-17's and 140 P-38's attack satellite A/Fs at Foggia. NATAF FBs hit trucks S of Sinopoli.


08/25/43

Ninth AF

B-24's bomb M/Y at Foggia.


08/25/43

Fourteenth AF

8 B-25's, with ftr escort, bomb Kowloon Docks at Hong Kong.


08/25/43

SE Asia

Adm Mountbatten is appointed Supreme Allied Cmdr, SE Asia.


08/25/43

Fifth AF

Almost 100 B-24's, B-25's, and B-17's carry out an hourlong strike against Hansa Bay area, Nubia, and Awar, and nearby shipping. Small flights of B-24's attack Finschhafen and hit transport off New Hanover. A-20's hit Gasmata. B-25's bomb tgts on Timor.


08/25/43

Thirteenth AF

13 B-25's, along with 40-plus dive bmrs and an escort of ftr aircraft, pound barge centers at Webster and Ringa Coves. 6 B-24's, along with 24 ftrs, hit Kahili A/F. Other P-40's strafe large motor vessels and a barge in NW part of the Slot.


08/26/43

Eighth AF

36 MBs raid Caen/Carpiquet A/F."


08/26/43

NAAF

DAF is assigned to NATAF, along with American units of Ninth AF which have been an operational part of DAF and NATBF. Over 80 NASAF B-17's, with P-38 escort, bomb Capua A/F. More than 100 ftr-escorted MBs hit Grazzanise A/F and satellite field. P-40's bomb Carloforte and strafe S part of Sardinia. NATAF MBs and LBs bomb tgts on toe of Italy, including railroad junction at Locri and gun positions at Reggio di Calabria and Villa San Giovanni.


08/26/43

Ninth AF

316th TC Gp, less 1 sq, is transferred to Twelfth AF.


08/26/43

Fourteenth AF

15 B-24's, with escort of 17 ftrs, bomb Kowloon Docles at Hong Kong. 5 Japanese interceptors are shot down. 5 B-25's, supported by 11 P-40's, bomb Tien Ho A/F at Canton; in a battle with enemy interceptors 1 P-40 is lost; the MBs and P-40's claim 5 Zeros downed.


08/26/43

Thirteenth AF

11 B-25's and 60 plus Navy dive bmrs, escorted by ftrs, pound AA positions and barges at Ringa and Webster Coves and at Nusatuva I. P-40's strafe 2 large motor boats and a 100-ft steam vessel off Ganongga. 7 B-24's bomb Papatura Ite and supply areas on Papatura Fa. 16 B-24's, with ftr escort, bomb Kahili A/F. P-39's strafe buildings on Gizo I and at Kolulavabae Inlet.


08/26/43

Eleventh AF

The Eleventh's striking power shrinks rapidly as the 36th, 73d, 21st, and 406th Bomb Sqs are ordered to prepare for departure to CONUS.


08/27/43

Eighth AF

Over 180 HBs attack German rocket-launching site construction at Watten. This is the first of the Eighth's missions against V-weapon sites (later designated NOBALL tgts). 36 B-26's hit Poix A/F. Mission to bomb Rouen power station is aborted because of bad weather and extremely heavy enemy ftr opposition.


08/27/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's bomb Sulmona Mn, and MBs hit Benevento and Caserta Mns. Nearly 150 P-38's escort the bmrs. NATAF MBs, LBs, and ftrs attack tgts in S Italy, including Catanzaro rail and road junction, guns near Reggio di Calabria, Sibari rail junctions, Cetraro M/Y, barracks at Tarsia, train and repair shops at Paola, and barge at Diamante.


08/27/43

Fourteenth AF

5 P-40's strafe large truck convoy between Sintsiang and Yoyang, destroying 6 trucks and damaging 15 others; 1 P 40 is downed by ground fire. 6 other P-40's hit comm lines between Yoyang and Hankow; tgts include 2 small steamboats, a gunboat, several railroad cars, and a water tower.


08/27/43

Fifth AF

B-26's attack bridges in Bogadjim area. A-20's bomb and strafe barges and troops along Bubui R in Lae area. B-25's bomb Dili and Cape Chater airstrip.


08/27/43

Thirteenth AF

10 SB-24's (Snoopers) equipped with radar devices that permit blind bombing, begin operations from Camey Field, Guadalcanal. 12 B-25's, 8 P-40's, and 8 Navy F-4U's strafe barges and shoreline tgts at Kakasa. P-39's strafe barges and shore tgts at Ringa Cove.


08/28/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's bomb M/Y at Terni. B-26's hit Aversa M/Y and Sparanise. B-25's hit Cancello Arnone M/Y. P-40's fly intruder mission over Sardinia, bombing and strafing industry and town area. NATAF LBs and MBs attack railroad facilities at Lamezia and Catanzaro. FBs hit road and rail junctions, and M/Ys at Castrovillari, Cosenza, and Catanzaro.


08/28/43

Fifth AF

26 B-25's bomb and strafe dumps and shipping in Hansa Bay area, sinking a small freighter, a power launch, and 8 barges and luggers. 20 B-17's and A-20's bomb jetties at Lae and Voco Pt and hit barges in Samoa Harbor between Lae and Salamaua.


08/28/43

Thirteenth AF

B-25's, P-40's, and Navy F-4U's bomb and strafe barges, buildings, and personnel in Sigolehe I-Barora Ite I area.


08/29/43

Eighth AF

Gen Kepner succeeds Gen Hunter as CG VIII FC.


08/29/43

NAAF

NASAF B-17's hit Orte M/Y, and B-26's bomb Torre Annunziata. NATAF ftrs escort the NA SAF bmrs, hit rail junction at Bagnara, bridge and town of Angitola, gun positions in Villa San Giovanni-Reggio di Calabria areas, and M/Y at Lamezia."


08/29/43

Fourteenth AF

9 B-25's, with ftr escort, bomb A/F at Chingmen.


08/29/43

Fifth AF

35 B-24's, escorted by 44 P-38's, strike A/Fs at Wewak and Boram. 48 B-25's and 2 B-17's bomb and strafe Alexishafen and Bogadjim areas. A-20's hit dumps in Gasmata area. B-24's bomb Babo and Adodo.


08/30/43

Eighth AF

482d Bomb Gp, a Pathfinder gp fitted with British Oboe and H2X and US H2X blind-bombing equipment, becomes operational. 31 B-26's raid ammunition dump at Foret d'Eperlecques near Saint-Omer.


08/30/43

NAAF

B-17's of NASAF bomb Viterbo A/F. B-25's hit Civitavecchia M/Y. B-26's bomb Aversa M/Y. P-40's strafe radar station at Pula. NATAF MBs and LBs attack M/Ys at Marina di Catanzaro and Paola, and gun emplacements and bivouac S of Reggio di Calabria. A-36's bomb M/Ys at Sapri and Lamezia and hit town of Pellaro.


08/30/43

Fourteenth AF

13 B-25's, some with P-40 spt, 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 armed rcn from Sinti to Yoyang to Sienning, strafe and bomb several T/Os; 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 convoy E of Hong Kong; 1 freighter is hit amidships, causing heavy damage; 2 other vessels are also effectively damaged.


08/30/43

Fifth AF

B-24's pound Dagua, But, and Tadji. A-20's hit barges on Bubui R. B-26's bomb Cape Gloucester A/F while B-25's sweep along NW coast, bombing and strafing barges and enemy-occupied villages.


08/30/43

Thirteenth AF

24 B-24's, along with 20 P-40's and P-39's and 20 plus Navy F-4U's, pound Kahili A/F. Allied airplanes claim more than 30 Japanese shot down. 6 US aircraft are lost.


08/31/43

Eighth AF

106 HBs hit Amiens,' Glisy A/F and nearby tgts; A/F is severely damaged. 36 B-26's bomb Lille/Vendeville A/F, and 34 others strike power station at Mazingarbe.


08/31/43

NAAF

About 150 NASAF B-17's blast Pisa M/Y, doing large amount of damage. NATAF MBs and LBs bomb Cosenza M/Y and road-railway junction in Catanzaro during morning, and in afternoon bomb area around Cosenza when clouds prevent hitting specific tgts. FBs hit Sapri railroads and seaplane base. During night LBs hit bivouac areas SE of Reggio di Calabria.


08/31/43

Ninth AF

B-24's bomb Pescara M/Y. HBs claim 9 enemy ftrs destroyed.


08/31/43

Fourteenth AF

7 B-24's bomb Gia Lam A/F. 22 P-40's and 2 P-38's bomb dike near Co Bi barracks. 6 B-25's hit Ichang A/F while 3 others attack oil storage area to the E. P-40's also hit the oil stores. 3 P-40's claim heavy damage to freighter off Stonecutter's I near Hong Kong. 4 P-38's dive-bomb Yoyang railroad yards and Sinti warehouses. A P-38 is shot down by ground fire.


08/31/43

Fifth AF

Bmrs fly scattered strikes against shipping and shore tgts in Saint George Channel, and NEI.


08/31/43

Thirteenth AF

P-40's, in running battle over Vella Lavella, claim 5 Japanese airplanes shot down. Other P-40's strafe barges in Timbala Bay. 22 B-25's and 50 Navy airplanes bomb gun positions and radio station at Vila.


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