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14th December 1942

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North Africa. Eight raids by carried out by Allied bombers on docks at Tunis and Bizerta on 13-14 December 1942.

In the Mediterranean. Heavy bombers from Libya raided Naples,

Russian Front. At a cost of heavy losses Wehrmacht ground forces made wedge in Soviet lines in Kotelnikovo area South West of Stalingrad.

In Australasia. United States of America troops in New Guinea captured Buna village.

It was agreed that Madagascar to be administered by Fighting French under General Paul Legentilhomme.

Eighth Air Force. Inspector General report states that drain of stocks from Eighth Air Force for purpose of equipping Twelfth Air Force is hindering greatly the training and combat program of Eighth Air Force groups.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb harbour and shipping at Bizerte while B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit similar targets at Tunis. DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers make 2 attacks on marshalling yard at Sfax. P-38 Lightning fighters and P-40 fighters fly escort. P-38 Lightning fighters attack vessels off North Tunisian coast, road between Tunis and Bizerte, train near Kerker, trucks near Chaaba, and El Djem, and train near La Hencha. P-40 fighters fly sweeps, F4U Corsair fighter carry out photo reconnaissance over areas of Tunisia. C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft fly 19 transport mission between various points in North West Africa.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters continue to pound retreating forces East of El Agheila As British 7th Armoured and 51st Infantry Division push West, 2d New Zealand Division pushes South West and rounds enemy's right flank, then heads North West towards coast to cut off retreat.

Fifth Air Force. Troop-carrying destroyers, attacked by Fifth Air Force aircraft on 13 December 1942, reach mouth of Mambare River and unload without being detected. However, Fifth Air Force medium bombers, Light bombers and fighters, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, subsequently deliver damaging blows against these troops and their supplies and also hit forces along Kumusi River, in Cape Endaiadere area, and along the Mambare River. The destroyers are attacked off Cape Ward Hunt by Medium Range Surveillance and heavy bombers. Airfields at Lae and Gasmata are also bombed.

M344 Minesweeper
Commissioned 14 December 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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