The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out intensive
raids on the North West Germany in bad weather, 18 aircraft
Russian Front. Soviet troops continued to make progress on
Stalingrad and Central fronts against Wehrmacht to ground
In Burma. British troops advanced about 30 miles into Burma
and occupied territory North West of Akyab without opposition.
United States of America. United States Liberator bombers
attacked Japanese bases on Kiska, Aleutian Islands.
Admiral Darlan announces French Fleet units at Alexandria,
Dakar, and North African ports are joining Allied forces.
Twelfth Air Force 36 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit harbour and dock at
Tunis and Bizerte, claiming damage to both targets and destruction
of 1 vessel and 3 aircraft at Tunis. DB-7 Douglas Boston light
bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers hit military installations
North and West of Gabes airfields and landing ground near
Sidi Tabet. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-26 Marauder
medium bombers on shipping raid in Gulf of Tunis fail to sight
vessels. P-38 Lightning fighters and Spitfires escort all
the bomb missions. P-38 Lightning fighters on sea mission
off North Tunisia engage Luftwaffe aircraft in combat, claiming
1 destroyed. Other P-38 Lightning fighters and F4U Corsair
fighter fly reconnaissance over Tunisia.
Tenth Air Force. Chine Air Task Force (CATF) planes pound
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26
Marauder medium bombers bomb Buna mission while United States
ground forces make fruitless attacks on The Triangle now dubbed
South Pacific (SOPAC). United States 132d Infantry opens preliminaries
for offensive on Guadalcanal with attack on positions in Mount
Austen area which overlooks Henderson Field. The enemy offers
bitter resistance. Army Air Force aircraft, especially P-39
fighters, and Marine SBD Dauntless dive bomber, provide support
and continue to do so as the offensive progresses, cutting
off Japanese forces from coastal supply points, hitting reinforcements
moving through the jungle, and destroying ammunition dumps.
Eleventh Air Force. A reconnaissance sortie is flown over
Attu, Agattu, Kiska, Amchitka, and the Semichis. 2 attacks
by 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 2 B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers, and 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers the second attack
escorted by 8 P-38 Lightning fighters take off for Kiska.
Only the first mission, 4 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, gets
through and hits submarine base area, marine railway, buildings,
and communication facilities. Second mission aborts due to
weather. P-38 Lightning fighters and B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers also fly offshore patrol between Vega Point and Little
Launch 17 December 1942
Launched 17 December 1942
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Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
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