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23rd February 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front, Moscow communique reported recapture by Red Army of Dorogobujh, 45 miles east of Smolensk.

Far East, Little change in Burma. Japanese invasion fleet off Bali driven off with heavy loss. Japanese force on Bali fighting to hold part of the island.

In Australia, Part of the Northern Territory placed under military control.

The United States of America, President Roosevelt broadcast from Washington.

Eighth Air Force. Headquarter VIII Bomber Command established in United Kingdom General Eaker assumes command.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers fly first mission against Rabaul. Operating out of Townsville, the force suffers mechanical trouble and runs into bad weather. Only 1 heavy bomber manages to bomb the target. General Brereton, Commanding General, departs for India after issuing order terminating Headquarter Fifth Air Force. Until 3 September 42, units of Fifth Air Force will be initially under control of American-British-Dutch-Australian Forces Command ( ABDACOM) and then Allied Air Force Southwest Pacific Area
(SWPA).

Zone of Interior. Japanese submarine I-17 fires 13 rounds of 5 1/2-in shells from range of 2,500 yds at oil refinery North of Santa Barbara. Pursuit and bomber aircraft sent to the area are unable to destroy the Japanese submarine.

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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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