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18th May 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced loss of HMS Hollyhock (corvette) on 9 April 1942 by Japanese carrier aircraft east of Ceylon.

Russian Front. Russians still advancing in Kharkov area, intense fighting in area of Kerch.

In Africa Africa. Enemy camp and transport attacked by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters.

In the Mediterranean. Ten enemy aircraft destroyed and five damaged over Malta.

In Burma. Japanese land troops on both sides of Chindwin, near Kalewa.

In China. Japanese engaged in new drive in Chekiang.

Small-scale Luftwaffe air attacks on coastal districts of South England.

Rear Admiral Sir Henry Harwood succeeds Sir Andrew Cunningham as Commander-In-Chief Mediterranean. Large contingent of American troops arrive in Northern Ireland.

United States and Panama sign agreement concerning use of Panama defence areas by United States forces.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping in Koepang Bay.

Seventh Air Force. Seventh Air Force is placed on alert in anticipation of a possible attack on Midway. For next 10 days the old B-18 Bolo medium bomber on hand For are used on search to supplement the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers. VII Bomber Command receives influx of B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers during this period, and the 72d Bomber Squadron is converted from B-18 Bolo medium bomber to B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers.

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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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