Today in World War II History

LCVP landing craft circling off Cape Torokina, Bougainville,
 Solomon Islands before landing, 1 Nov 1943
(US Marine Corps)
70 Years Ago—Nov. 1, 1943: US Marines land on Bougainville in the Solomons at Empress Augusta Bay. US Twelfth Air Force in the Mediterranean divides into Twelfth AF (tactical, under Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz) and the newly activated Fifteenth AF (strategic, under Maj. Gen. James Doolittle).