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Diary June 11, 1943

Heinkel He 219 night fighter
Heinkel He 219 night fighter, which made a sensational debut when one aircraft destroyed 5 Lancaster bombers during a single half-hour sortie this night. But its prime value is that it could complete on equal terms with the fast Mosquito bombers. The He 219 is the best-equipped night fighter of WW2, and it is fortunate for the Allies that RLM procrastination prevents much more from being produced.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, June 11, 1943:

Air War

Germany: 200 B-17 Fortress (8 lost) raid Wilhelmshaven. RAF night raid on Duesseldorf (2,000 t by 693 bombers) and Munster. 43 bombers lost, including 5 shot down by ‘ace’ Major Streib, flying first purpose-built German night fighter, the He 219.

Sea War

Mediterranean: Surrender of Pantellaria, Italian island fortress.


Argentina: USA and Britain recognize new Provisional Government.
Uruguay: French Committee of National Liberation given official recognition by Government (first nation to take this step).
Saudi Arabia: Government rejects idea of a Jewish state.

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