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16th July 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Stirling bombers made daylight attack on submarine building yards at Luebeck and Flensburg. The Ruhr was also raided by day.

Russian Front. Fighting continued in area of Voronezh.

In Africa. Tank battle developed in central sector for possession of Ruweisat ridge.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made low-level attacks on Akyab.

In China. Chinese recaptured Tsingtien in Chekiang. Allied bombers raided Hankow.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Kweilin, with P-40 escort, bomb storage area at Hankow, starting a fire that is later reported to have burned 3 days. The medium bombers land at Hengyang during return flight to refuel, but are attacked by Japanese aeroplanes and have to take off immediately. Amidst the confusion a P-40 pilot mistakes a B-25 Mitchell medium bombers for a Japanese aircraft and shoots it down, the first bomber lost since Chine Air Task Force (CATF) began operations in China. The crew is saved.

Fifth Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs Salamaua.

Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of 11th Bomber Group begin leaving Hickam Field for South Pacific.

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Commissioned 16 July 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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