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17th September 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. Extremely heavy street fighting ended in the repulse of the Wehrmacht forces who had penetrated into Stalingrad.

In Africa. Heavy night raid on Tobruk by Allied air force bombers.

In the Indian Ocean. French plenipotentiaries in Madagascar refused to accept our terms, and operations continued.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). During 16-17 September 1942, B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bengasi harbour. During the day, targets for B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are in Greece shipping in Pylos Bay and shipping and piers near Sphakia, and in Khalones and Pylos Island. P-40 fighters make offensive sweep with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) over front lines.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, carrying out single bomber attacks, bomb airfields at Rabaul and Lae, and hit a beached cargo vessel at Salamaua. P-400 fighters, P-40 fighters, and P-39 fighters strafe and bomb landing barges at Buna and Sanananda Port. Japanese ground forces, halted within sight of Port Moresby, are unable to attack without reinforcements and supplies, neither of which is available.

Twelfth Air Force. XII Ground Air Support Command (GASC) is activated at Birmingham, Ala. The only Twelfth Air Force command to be completely organised in United States, it eventually will proceed directly to North Africa as part of WTF.

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