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20th June 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out extensive daylight raids on the Docks at Le Havre. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers also carried out large-scale night attacks against Emden.

In the Mediterranean. Targets in Crete attacked by the British Royal Air Force Seven enemy aircraft destroyed over Malta.

In Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps attacked Tobruk perimeter in great strength and penetrated the defences. Enemy bombers attacked Egyptian coast between Sidi Barrani and Fuka.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force carried out intensive bombing of Akyab and Magwe.

In Australasia. The British Admiralty announced that HMS submarines had sunk three Japanese supply ships in Strait of Malacca.

Telegraph Station at Estevan Point, Vancouver island, shelled by submarine.

General Chaney, Commanding General European Theatre of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), is recalled from United Kingdom and will be replaced by General Eisenhower.

Eighth Air Force. General Marshall's letter of instruction to General Eisenhower reveals plan to integrate all United States air units in United Kingdom into Eighth Air Force. Broad objective of Army Air Forces in European Theatre of Operations is to attain air supremacy over Western Continental Europe in preparation for future invasion of the Continent.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb runway at Lae.

Seventh Air Force. General Hale becomes Commanding General Seventh Air Force, and Colonel Albert Hegenberger becomes temporary Commanding Officer VII Reconnaissance Command.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) LB-30 bombers, 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 7 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers take off on a search and bombing mission over Kiska. 3 aircraft abort mission due to weather, 3 bomb through overcast with unobserved results, and 3 others search in vain for B-24 Liberator heavy bombers lost on the preceding day.

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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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