The British Admiralty announced the loss of minesweeper HMS Cromer which was sunk
after hitting a mine on 9 November
, Greek submarine RHS Triton also lost on 16
after being attacked and sunk by the Kriegsmarine auxiliary
submarine chaser UJ-2102.
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers
again carried out extensive raids on Turin and surrounding areas during the night.
North Africa. Erwin
Afrika Corps ground forces carried on intensive assaults around Tunisia
however allied forces repulsed all attacks.
In Libya. Nofilia landing
ground, West of El Agheila, attacked by allied aircraft.
In the Mediterranean.
Naples raided by United States of America bomber aircraft by day and by the British
Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers at night, Palermo docks also bombed.
Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces counter-attacks between Don and Volga thrown
back by valiant Russian defenders.
In the Indian Ocean. United States
of America bombers renewed their attacks on Rangoon docks and on Port Blair, Andaman
In Australasia. United States of America dive-bombers hit five
out of 11 Japanese surface destroyers heading for Guadalcanal.
States of America. United States bombers attacked Japanese surface shipping at
Twelfth Air Force. Twelfth Air Force creates 5 area
commands covering North West Africa from West coast of Morocco to East coast of
Tunisia. From West to East these are, Moroccan Composite Wing (Colonel Rosenham
R Beam); West Algerian Composite Wing (Colonel Lawrence P Hickey), C Algerian
Composite Wing (Colonel Paul L Williams), XII Bomber Command (Colonel Charles
T Phillips); and XII Fighter Command (General Blackburn). General Cannon becomes
overall Commander of the 2 wings in Algeria. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers with
fighters escort, attack rail bridge at La Hencha. P-38 Lightning fighters fly
sea patrol off North coast and over Gulf of Tunis and reconnaissance over Sousse
region. Spitfires sweep over Medjez el Bab, and Bone.
Ninth Air Force.
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour
and surrounding areas at Naples with good results. P-40 fighters fly several fighter-bomber
mission and sweeps over battle area in preparation for ground assault on El Agheila
which General Montgomery schedules for 14
Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
heavy bombers of India Air Task Force (IATF) attack shipping at Port Blair, with
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb airfields and target in Buna area. B-25 Mitchell
medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit airfields at Lae.
Eleventh Air Force. Uneventful reconnaissance cover Attu, Agattu, Amchitka, Kiska,
and the Semichis. 3 B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters
re bomb and strafe previously bombed cargo vessel in Kiska Harbour, scoring 2
more direct hits. The P-38 Lightning fighters also strafe and bomb Kiska Harbour
submarine base and seaplane hangars, camp area, and nearby gun emplacements.
Go To: 12th December
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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