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August 1, 1943
Today in World War II Pacific History
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ALASKA (Eleventh Air Force): Seven B-24's bomb the Main Camp area on Kiska through the overcast.

BURMA-INDIA (Tenth Air Force): 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.

SOUTH PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Thirteenth Air Force): P-40's and US Navy aircraft again hit Munda bombing AA positions, ammunition dumps, and other targets.

21 B-24's, 16 P-38's, and 10 44th FS P-40 Warhawks with 30+ US Navy SBDs and TBFs during an afternoon attack on Kahili Airfield; other P-40's and 80+ Navy aircraft hit shipping in nearby waters. Returning from the mission five P-40s were attacked from behind by 25-30 Zeros over Gizo Island. Lost was P-40F 41-19819 (MIA) plus three others damaged.

The 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403d Troop Carrier Group, arrives at Tontouta, New Caledonia from the US with C-47's and begins flying missions on 7 Aug 43. The 371st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 307th Bombardment Group (Heavy) ceases operating from Funafuti with B-24's and returns to it's base on Espiritu Santo for R&R.

SOUTHWEST PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS (Fifth Air Force): A single B-24 bombs Lae Airfield.

USN: Sunk in Rendova Harbor by Japanese aircraft are PT-164 and PT-117.

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