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15th April 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out offensive sweeps over North France. Docks at Cherbourg attacked. Night attack on the Ruhr, aerodromes in the. Low Countries and the docks at St. Nazaire and Le Havre.

Russian Front, Moscow announced U-boat sunk and enemy destroyer damaged by Soviet warship in Arctic. Red Army troops in Bryansk sector pierced the Wehrmacht's second defence line.

In Burma, Chungking communique announced opening of a major Japanese offensive in Southern Shan States against Chinese eastern flank.

In the Philippines, Australian communique reported that American heavy bombers had made surprise raids on Japanese bases in Philippines on 13-14 April 1942, making a 3,600 mile trip.

In Australasia, Allied aircraft made heavy raid on Rabaul.

American residents in unoccupied France urged to sail for home.

Eighth Air Force. Headquarters of VIII Bomber Command established in Wycombe Abbey, in High Wycombe by General Eaker.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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