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21st July 1942

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The British Royal Air Force fighters made low level attacks in occupied France and Belgium. Single aircraft raided North West Germany by day, strong force of bombers raided Duisburg and the Ruhr by night.

Russian Front. Fighting continued in area of Voronezh and Southeast catgut of Voroshilovgrad.

In the Mediterranean. Allied bombers made daylight raid on shipping in Suda Bay, Crete.

In Africa. New Zealand, Indian and South African infantry launched attack on enemy positions during the night.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked coastal craft in Akyab area and Japanese base at Kalewa.

In Australasia. Allied bombers attacked Japanese convoy off New Guinea.

United States of America. United States Navy Dept. announced that American submarines had sunk three more Japanese destroyers near Kiska.

The presidents of United States of America Roosevelt calls Admiral Leahy, Ambassador to France and former Chief of Naval Operations, to serve as Chiefs of Staff to commander in chief of United States Army and Navy.

Eighth Air Force. General Eisenhower assigns to Eighth Air Force the mission of carrying out, in collaboration with The British Royal Air Force (RAF), the degree of air operations with the view of attaining air domination over West France by 1 April 1943.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack convoy off Salamaua as invasion force heads for Buna, where it begins landings during 21-22 July 1942. This move by the enemy forestalls Allied operations which were to have secured the same general area.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Initial Squadron of B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers of 11th Bomber Group arrives at Plaines des Gaiacs from Hawaii.

Eleventh Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers fly search and bomb missions over Kiska but make no contact because of weather.

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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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