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14th September 1942

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Events On This Day

Canadian Navy Ministry announced the loss of patrol vessel HMCS Raccoon which was sunk on 7 September 1942 and The Aeas Greek merchant ship which was sunk on 6 September 1942,
they were both sunk by U-165.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked Wilhelmshaven in force.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht made no advance in the battle for Stalingrad. On the Caucasus front the Russians withdrew at Mozdok.

In the Mediterranean. United States of America bombers raided docks at Suda Bay, Crete.

In Africa. On the night of 13-14 September 1942 our forces made seaborne raid on Tobruk in conjunction with a heavy British Royal Air Force air attack.

In the Indian Ocean. Our troops in Madagascar continued to make progress into the interior, meeting little opposition.

In Australasia. Japanese air force bombers again raided airfield at Guadalcanal.

United States of America Liberator bombers attacked Japanese installations in the Aleutians, sinking or damaging several surface ships and aircraft.

Twelfth Air Force. Headquarters of Twelfth Air Force, XII Fighter Command, XII Air Force Services Command, and XII Bomber Command are attached to corresponding units of Eighth Air Force in United Kingdom. The Eighth subsequently handles the buildup of the Twelfth by assigning a large number of its own units to the new Air Force (appropriately dubbed JUNIOR) and supervises its training. The first increment of tactical and service units includes 2 heavy bomber groups, 3 medium bombers groups, 1 Light bomber group, 4 fighters groups, 3 Troop carrier groups, and several engineer, signal, and service units of varying sizes.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack shipping at Suda Bay, setting 1 vessel set on fire, while other heavy bombers hit Tobruk P-40 fighters fly sweep with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) over front-lines.

Fifth Air Force. A single United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bombs ground forces and installations at Myola.

Eleventh Air Force. In the first combined heavy mission over Kiska 13 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, 14 P-38 Lightning fighters, and 14 P-39 fighters fly low-altitude and photo runs. The P-39 fighters shell 3 submarines in the harbour. The other aircraft bomb and strafe many installations including antiaircraft guns and the submarine base. A single aircraft also strafes Segula. Enemy losses are 5 float planes shot down and 1 flying boat destroyed on the water 2 mine sweepers sunk and another vessel slightly damaged while a large cargo vessel and several small barges and vessels sustain hits. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters are lost, colliding head on while after a fighters.

M443 Minesweeper
Launched 14 September 1942

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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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