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13th December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the destroyer HMS Penylan which was sunk by torpedo from the Kriegsmarine motor torpedo boat (S-boat) S-115 in the English Channel, 5 nautical miles south of Start Point on 3 December 1942. And also crawler HMS Jasper which was was torpedoed and sunk by the Kriegsmarine motor torpedo boat S-81 in the English Channel south of Bolt Head on the 1 December 1942.

North Africa. United States of America heavy bombers attacked docks at Bizerta and Tunis by day the British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided Tunis and La Goulette at night.

In Libya. Eighth Army turned Erwin Rommel out of his strong positions at Mersa Brega, East of El Agheila.

Russian Front. South West of Stalingrad strong Wehrmacht to ground forces attack beaten off.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellingtons bombers bombed aerodrome at Magwe;

In Australasia. In New Guinea Japanese began fresh landing operations at Mambare, between Gona and Lae, whilst under heavy Allied air attack.

Twelfth Air Force. 15 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of 97th Group hit harbour and docks at Tunis. 10 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of 301st Group bomb harbour and docks at Bizerte and are shortly followed by 19 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of Eighth Air Force's 93d Group attacking same target. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit harbour area at Sousse while B-26 Marauder medium bombers blast bridge North of Sfax. P-38 Lightning fighters escort both medium bombers raids. P-38 Lightning fighters, P-40 fighters, and Spitfires fly reconnaissance and patrols over much of North West Africa. P-38 Lightning fighters attack several targets including vehicles North of Gabes and a schooner off Cape Dimasse. C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft fly 17 transport missions between various points in North West Africa.

Ninth Air Force. Aircraft of Western Desert Air Force (WDAF), including more than 100 United States P-40 fighters, fly strafing and bombing missions against ground forces which begin withdrawing from El Agheila during early morning. British 51st Infantry Division penetrates East defences of the town.

Fifth Air Force. Convoy of 5 destroyers is detected off Madang, as it attempts to bring in reinforcements for beachhead in Buna area. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack as it moves South but fail to deter its progress. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Cape Killerton area while B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Salamaua area. B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit airfields at Gasmata.

Eleventh Air Force. Largely negative reconnaissance is flown over Attu, Agattu, Kiska, Amchitka, and the Semichis by 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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