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17th December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out intensive raids on the North West Germany in bad weather, 18 aircraft lost.

Russian Front. Soviet troops continued to make progress on Stalingrad and Central fronts against Wehrmacht to ground forces.

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 Lashio.

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 Bloody Triangle.

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 Kiska.

M263 Minesweeper
Launch 17 December 1942

R198 R-boat
Launched 17 December 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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