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16th September 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of destroyers HMS Sikh and HMS Zulu in a raid on Tobruk on 13-14 September 1942.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out extensive raids on the following German towns Ruhr, Essen, being the main target.

Russian Front. West of Stalingrad the Wehrmacht forces gained some ground.

In Africa. On the night 15-16 September 1942 British desert forces attacked Gialo oasis. They occupied the position for some days, destroying ammunition and supply dumps.

In the Indian Ocean. Governor General of Madagascar asked for an armistice.

United States of America. Navy Department. Announced that on 14 September 1942 United States of America heavy bombers attacked Japanese surface shipping at Kiska, Aleutians.

Eighth Air Force. VIII Air Force Services Command selects Honington and Watton as sites for Bomber Command advance depots. Site for Fighter Command awaits final settlement of question of location and mission of Fighter Command.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). General Brereton is officially assigned to the Middle East as a result of pressure from General Bissell, new Commanding General Tenth Air Force, for clarification of status of Brereton and other key staff officers and combat crews who had gone from India to Middle East in June and July 1942.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb wharf and airfield at Rabaul and airfield at Gasmata. A lone B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attacks landing barges in Sanananda area while a single A-20 Havoc light bombers bombs and strafes positions at Nauro and Menari in Efogi area. Japanese ground offensive toward Port Moresby comes to a halt at Ioribaiwa. Australians are entrenched on Imita Range where they are preparing a counteroffensive.

Eleventh Air Force. Enemy completes transfer of Attu garrison to Kiska, begun on 27 August 1942. 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly photo and reconnaissance runs over Adak.

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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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