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15th November 1942

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The British Admiralty announced the loss of submarine HMS Talisman which left Gibraltar on 10 September 1942 with stores bound for Malta. HMS Talisman reported sighting a U-boat off Philippeville, Algeria on the 15 September 1942, but was not heard from again. HMS Talisman is presumed lost on Italian mines in off Sicily on the 17 September 1942. She was due to arrive on 18 September 1942.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a major raid on Genoa and surrounding areas without loss.

In Libya. Eighth Army occupied landing ground at Martuba, Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps losses by casualties and capture now estimated at 75,000 Germans and Italians.

Russian Front. Soviet troops continued to advance Southeast of Nalchik.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made day and night attacks on Japanese aerodromes at Akyab and Magwe.

In Australasia. In New Guinea Australian and United States of America troops joined forces and converged on Buna.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft fly airborne operation from Algiers to Youks-les-Bains. Escort is provided at intervals by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfires and Hurricanes. British First Army ground forces reach Tunisia at Taberka. 15th Bomber Squadron flying DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers from United Kingdom, arrives at Oran.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from 2 groups are sent to bomb Tripoli, but unfavourable weather prevents them from reaching target. l group bombs a motor convoy, as well as airfield and crowded roads in Bengasi area. P-40s fly sweeps and fighter-bomber missions against retreating enemy West of Martuba. Martuba airfields are captured by British 10 Corps and soon occupied by 57th Fighter Group.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers strafe targets near Gona while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound antiaircraft positions at Buna and Soputa as United States-Australian ground forces prepare to move against Buna-Gona beachhead. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit shipping at Rabaul.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Admiral Lee's force of 2 battleships and 3 destroyers meets and turns back a larger Japanese force sinking the battleship Kirishima and a destroyer while losing a destroyer. This ends the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (12-15 November 1942) which involved squadrons of the 11th Bomber Group, as well as the 69th, 70th, and 72d Bomber Squadrons, and the 39th and 339th Fighter Squadrons.

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HMS Talisman Picture 1

HMS Talisman comes home. Her successes in the Mediterranean are denoted by her own Jolly Roger. The bars represent enemy supply ships sunk, the transfixed U the sinking of an enemy submarine, the crossed guns and star denotes a gun action with an Italian destroyer and the dagger another successful exploit.
British Official Crown Copyright.

HMS Talisman Picture 2

HMS Talisman seen arriving home after a successful period of service in the Mediterranean. British Official Crown Copyright.

HMS Talisman (N78) was a T-class submarine of the Royal Navy, which had a comparatively short but active career, spending most of her time in the Mediterranean. The first action of her career was the capture of the French fishing vessel Le Clipper, which was then used to observe U-boat movements off the Gironde estuary prior to being brought into Falmouth. She later attacked HMS Otus by error, but as luck would have it was unsuccessful. HMS Talisman went on to sink two sailing vessels, the Vichy French passenger ship Théophile Gautier and the Italian merchant Calitea, in addition to destroying the grounded wreck of the Kriegsmarine merchant Yalova. HMS Talisman also unsuccessfully attacked the Kriegsmarine merchant Salzburg and an Italian convoy, missing the Italian merchant Lauretta, and being heavily depth charged by the escorting Italian torpedo boat Libra.

HMS Talisman departed from Gibraltar on 10 September 1942 carrying provisions to Malta, where HMS Talisman was due no later than the 18 September 1942. HMS Talisman reported seeing a U-boat off Philippeville, Algeria on the 15 September 1942, but wasn't heard from again, and HMS Talisman failed to arrive at Malta. HMS Talisman was presumed either to have hit an Italian mine off Sicily or to have been destroyed by Italian surface forces on the 17 September 1942. HMS Talisman was declared overdue on 18 September 1942.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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