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21st October 1942

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United States of America. Navy Department. Announced loss of destroyers USS Meredith which was sunk on 15 October 1942 by Japanese carrier borne dive bombers from the carrier Shokaku and USS O'Brien which sunk on 19 October 1942 after being attacked by a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942 off the Solomons.

United States of America Mustang fighters raided West Germany. United States of America Flying Fortresses bombers carried out bombing raid on the submarine base at Lorient.

Russian Front. The Russians managed to recapture several buildings in the Stalingrad sector from the Wehrmacht ground forces.

In the Mediterranean. It was announced that the British submarines had sunk four Axis surface supply ships.

In Australasia. United States of America ground forces managed to repulse concentrated Japanese attacks on their positions on Guadalcanal.

Eighth Air Force. VIII Bomber Command flies its first mission against Kriegsmarine U-boat bases. 15 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit U-boat pens at Lorient Keroman. 8 heavy bombers strike at Cherbourg and Maupertus airfield. The strike against the Kriegsmarine U-boat pens is flown at 17,500-ft level, 5,000 to 10,000 ft lower than usual. 36 Fw 190's intercept, 3 United States bombers are shot down.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched against shipping at Bengasi fail to locate target because of bad weather. During return flight, several heavy bombers bomb tent areas along coast and also hit landing grounds. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, cooperating with The British Royal Air Force (RAF), bomb landing ground and tent area.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of India Air Task Force (IATF) stage through Chengtu to bomb Lin-hsi coal mines. The plan is to blast nearby power stations and pumping facilities and flood the mines. The attack fails to flood the mines but inflicts considerable damage to the target area. This marks the first use of heavy bombers in China and the first Army Air Forces strike North of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Luscan Harbour on South coast of New Britain.

Eleventh Air Force. Weather reconnaissance aircraft returns twice due to fog.

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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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