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16th December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS Unbeaten which was sunk on 11 November 1942 after being attacked by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellington bomber by mistake, in the Bay of Biscay.

North Africa. In Tunisia Allied bombers and fighters attacked enemy troops and railway near Mateur.

In Libya. Eighth Army advanced forces reached Wadi Matratin and cut off portion of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps rearguard.

In Australasia. United States of America dive-bombers attacked Japanese surface shipping off New Georgia Islands.

The Luftwaffe aircraft attacked towns and villages in South and Southeast England. Two Luftwaffe raiders shot down.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers bomb rail junction East of Mateur and hit town area of Massicault and nearby vehicle dispersal area. P-38 Lightning fighters attack ships off North coast of Tunisia scoring hit on 1 vessel. Other P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance missions, exchanging ineffective fire with enemy aeroplanes. C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft continue transport and courier missions in North West Africa. Colonel Carlyle H Ridenour takes over as Commanding Officer XII Bomber Command.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber missions and sweeps over battle area as enemy, breaking into small detachments, manage; to withdraw from El Agheila positions after hard fighting and heavy losses. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit concentrations and transport targets.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb forces in Buna area and at mouth of Kumusi River, and strafe barge and lagoon shoreline South of the Kumusi's mouth. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack wreck off Gona, cargo vessel in Bismarck Sea, and a destroyed, 2 cargo ships, and 2 tankers in Solomon Sea, Southeast of Cape Orford.

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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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