Skip to comments.100 FORTRESSES BATTER SARDINIA, SMASH 26 SHIPS AND 71 PLANES; ROMMEL DIGS IN NORTH OF GABES (4/2/43)
Posted on 04/02/2013 4:32:49 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Winston S. Churchill, The Hinge of Fate
USAAF bombs Aleutian Islands
Friday, April 2, 1943 www.onwar.com
In the Aleutian Islands... American aircraft conduct 8 raids on Kiska and one on Attu.
April 2nd, 1943 (SATURDAY)
U.S.S.R.: Moscow claims that 850,000 Germans have died in the winter campaign.
ITALY: During the night of 1/2 April, RAF Liberators, under the operational control of the Ninth Air Force, bomb the ferry terminal at Messina and the airfield at Crotone. During the day, 2 Ninth Air Force B-24s on a special mission bomb the ferry terminals at Messina and Villa San Giovanni; 27 B-24s sent against Naples find the target totally obscured by clouds; 9 bomb the area through overcast and 3 bomb Augusta and Crotone. (Jack McKillop)
SICILY: 24 Ninth Air Force B-24s sent to attack Palermo abort because of heavy clouds over the target. (Jack McKillop)
TUNISIA: Ninth Air Force P-40’s fly 9 Armored reconnaissance and 6 fighter-bomber and escort missions. Northwest African Air Force B-25s and A-20s bomb the airfield at La Fauconnerie, Tunisia. (Jack McKillop)
BURMA:8 Tenth Air Force B-25s bomb the Thazi railroad junction. (Jack McKillop)
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO: Fifth Air Force B-24s bomb the airfields at Gasmata and Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island. (Jack McKillop)
CAROLINE ISLANDS: A USN submarine sinks a Japanese transport. (Jack McKillop)
NEW GUINEA: Fifth Air Force A-20 Havocs attack the Kitchen Creek area and the Labiabi-Duali area while single B-24s attack Salamaua, Finschhafen and the bridge at Rempi. (Jack McKillop)
SOLOMON ISLANDS: Thirteenth Air Force P-38s and P-40s attack and set fire to a small cargo vessel in Kokolope Bay. (Jack McKillop)
U.S.A.: In the Aleutians, the Eleventh Air Force dispatches 18 B-24 Liberators bomb Kiska targets including North Head while 6 B-25 Mitchells, 16 P-38 Lightnings, and 24 P-40s in 6 missions from Amchitka to Kiska, bomb the Main Camp and submarine base areas. Four B-24s bomb the runway at Attu. All aircraft, including 2 B-25s colliding in the air, return safely. (Jack McKillop)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: The British corvettes HMS BLACK SWAN and HMS STONECROP sink the German submarine U-124 off Oporto, in position 41.02N, 15.39W. This U-boat was crewed by the former crew of U-64 which was sunk in a Norwegian fjord near Narvik in 1940 and rescued by Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops). As such U-124 wore the “Edelweiss” insignia. (199)(Russ Folsom)
"The concentration camps provided Nazi doctors with a large pool of human guinea pigs for their "experiments," many of which had specifically military objectives.
This man was the victim of an air-pressure experiment at the Dachau, Germany, concentration camp, the goal of which was to measure human endurance at extremely high altitudes.
In the course of the experiment, the man was placed in a pressure chamber from which air was slowly removed.
Thus, Nazi "scientists" could determine how high their pilots could safely fly."
It’s amazing the Allies still think Rommel is in command even though he left North Africa weeks ago, never to return.
There was a pretty frank article, yesterday I believe, about the evacuation of French Jews to unnamed camps in Eastern Europe where they were never heard from again. It reported the apparent Nazi goal to eliminate all French Jews.
Yesterday, page 6.
In mid-February, the congress added, the Gestapo raided the Lyon headquarters of the General Union of French Jews, arrested the entire staff, removed them to the Drancy concentration camp and since has shipped them, too, to some extermination center on the other side of Europe.
Extermination center. I wonder if American readers were able to grasp the enormity of that term. Today we know just what it meant. Back then they lacked our fuller knowledge, even though word of the mass murders was filtering out.
I think there were some Americans who were unusually well informed about Jewish issues and how the Nazi occupation was being handled who knew something pretty awful was happening, for example the author of this piece. Jewish leaders in America were already speaking of millions dead.
But I don't think it sank in with ordinary Americans what a campaign of "extermination" really meant. I would cite the shock and horror with which American troops universally reacted when they overran death camps. They certainly weren't expecting anything like what they found.