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20th December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the trawler HMS Ullswater which was torpedoed and sunk by a Kriegsmarine motor torpedo boat in the English Channel on 19 November 1942.

United States of America Liberator and Flying Fortress bombers made daylight raid on aircraft-repair works at Romilly-sur-Seine 44 enemy fighters shot down, six United States of America bombers lost. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers raided Duisburg by night.

In Libya. British forward patrols in touch with Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps round Sultan, 30 miles East of Sirte.

Russian Front. Russians made further progress in new advance on Middle, Don.

In India. Enemy aircraft made first raid on Calcutta area Chittagong also bombed.

In the Indian Ocean. The British Royal Navy force made heavy air attack on Sabang, Sumatra.

In Burma. Allied air force bombers raided Rangoon and Magwe.

In Australasia. After heavy fighting in New Guinea United States of America and Australian troops captured Cape Endaiadere, Southeast of Buna.

Twelfth Air Force. Operations are severely curtailed as result of heavy rains. C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft maintain transport and courier service. Fighters fly reconnaissance and scramble missions.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers sent to attack Sousse harbour, abort because of 2 weather; 3 bomb wrecked vessel North of Sfax.

Tenth Air Force. Chine Air Task Force (CATF) bombers hit Lashio. Japanese aeroplanes bomb Calcutta and vicinity, hitting docks, shipping, and airfields in the area.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Giropa Point and area around Buna Mission near which are located strong bunker positions. After preparatory bombardment Australian forces again assault the positions, attacking twice under cover of smoke, but are beaten back. A decision is made to bypass The Triangle.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 9 P-38 Lightning fighters make a coordinated bombing, strafing, and incendiary attack on Kiska Harbour installations and vicinity, especially on the submarine base and near the marine railway and gun emplacements. A direct hit is scored on a probable ammunition dump. P-38 Lightning fighters also strafe previously damaged cargo ship off Trout Lagoon. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 2 P-38 Lightning fighters fly photo and reconnaissance patrol over Attu, Agattu, Semichis, and Amchitka.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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