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12th June 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. Stubborn fighting for Sebastopol. The Wehrmacht still attacking at Kharkov.

In China. Chuhsien occupied by Japanese. American Volunteer Group (AVG) shot down 9 out of 18 Japanese planes raiding Kweilin.

United States of America. Navy Department. Confirmed Japanese landing at Attu, in Aleutians.

Further reinforcements of Canadian troops arrived in Britain.

Execution of 18 Czechs.

Eighth Air Force. Another contingent of personnel for Headquarters and subordinate commands arrive in United Kingdom.

HALPRO. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of detachment under command of Col Harry A Halverson en route from United States to China take off during 11-12 June 1942 from Fayid to bomb oilfields at Ploesti. Only 12 attack at dawn. 4 of the 13 land at base in Iraq which was designated for recovery of the flight, 3 land at other Iraq fields, 2 land in Syria, and 4 are interned in Turkey. Though damage to target is negligible, the raid is significant because it is the first Army Air Forces
combat mission in European African Middle East Theatre (EAME Theatre) in World War II, and the first strike at a targets which later will be famous.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb building area and Vunakanau and Lakunai airfields at Rabaul.

Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping in Kiska Harbour. A cruiser is heavily damaged and one destroyer is seen burning.

R188 R-boat
Launched 11 June 1942

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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