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16th October 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. After extremely heavy attack by Wehrmacht ground forces, The Russians evacuated a factory settlement Stalingrad.

In the Mediterranean. It was announced that British submarines had sunk 3 enemy supply ships and torpedoed four others.

In Australasia. Heavier fighting in Owen Stanley area of New Guinea.

United States of America. Announced that United States ground troops had occupied another of the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutians.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb shipping in Bengasi harbour. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched to attack Tobruk and Bengasi are forced by bad weather to abort.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit village of Pawaia, trails in Kokoda area, Buna-Kokoda trail, and villages at mouth and along Mambare River. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers also bomb Mubo-Salamaua trail. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb airfields at Rabaul and attack targets in the Solomons, including airfield at Buin, and shipping off Moila Point and Shortland Island.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Seabees on Guadalcanal patch up Henderson Field runways enough for use by fighters. Marine fighters and Army Air Forces P-400 fighters and P-39 fighters begin pounding invasion force landing at Kokumbona-Doma Reef area just 8 mile away. However, the enemy continues to bombard Henderson by air strike and artillery and to land troops.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, 6 B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb Kiska and low-level bomb and sink 2 destroyers just North of there. Duds hit large freighter beached off Trout Lagoon. 1 B-26 Marauder medium bombers is hot down.

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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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