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14th November 1942

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Events On This Day

Eighth Air Force. United States of America Flying Fortresses and Liberators made daylight raids on La Pallice and St. Nazaire U-boat bases.

North Africa. New Allied contingents landed at Bone. Allied raid on Tunis aerodrome.

In Libya. Allied forces cleared retreating enemy from Cyrenaica as far as Tmimi and Gazala.

In Australasia. In New Guinea Australians captured Wairopi and advanced on Buna.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Spitfires fly routine patrols in Oran-Tafaraoui area and escort C-53 Skytrooper transport aircraft carrying paratroops from Gibraltar to Algiers.

Ninth Air Force. 79th Fighter Group and Headquarters 19th Bomber Wing, now arriving from United States, are assigned to Ninth Air Force. 6 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are dispatched to attack harbour at Bengasi, but only 1 locates target and drops its bombs.

Fifth Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bombs and strafes track North of Soputa. Fifth Air Force aeroplanes drop bridging equipment at Wairopi on Kokoda trail where the Australian 25th Brigade crossing on improvised bridge. United States and Australian forces are consolidating at Natunga and in Oro Bay-Embogu-Embi areas. 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack transport in the Solomons.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Aeroplanes from the United States carrier USS Enterprise are joined by land based Marine and Army Air Force aircraft in driving off the force that bombarded Henderson Field the previous night. In view of the pressing need for aircraft in South Pacific (SOPAC), Admiral Nimitz Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA) is given more freedom to deploy his air weapons. He receives authority to distribute as he sees fit all available air units assigned to South and Centre Pacific provided he move units rather than individual aeroplanes and crews.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies armed reconnaissance over Kiska and Attu and bombs Holtz Bay and Chichagof with negative results. Bombers at Adak and Umnak are alerted for shipping targets.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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