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23rd November 1942

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Events On This Day

United States of America Flying Fortresses and Liberators bombers attacked submarine base at St. Nazaire and surrounding areas.

North Africa. Darlan announced from Algiers that French West Africa had put itself under his orders.

In Libya. Allied forces occupied Jedabia and Jalo.

Russian Front. Soviet troops continued to advance North West and South of Stalingrad, recapturing five more towns and taking 11,000 more Wehrmacht prisoners.

In Australasia. In New Guinea Australian forces entered Gona.

Eighth Air Force. 36 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit Saint-Nazaire Kriegsmarine U-boat base for the fifth time in 2 weeks. Cumulative effect of operation on the base is large though the submarine shelter shows little permanent damage. Heavy bomber crews report change in fighters tactics from rear to head-on attack as they learn that the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers are weak in forward firepower. Sir Pound, First Lord of the Admiralty, writes to General Eaker praising the effects of United States bomber attacks on disorganising the servicing schedule of the Kriegsmarine U-boat bases on the French West coast.

Twelfth Air Force. Main Headquarters Twelfth Air Force is moved from Gibraltar to Algiers. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, sent to bomb airfields at Elmas abort due to bad weather.

Tenth Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 7 P-40s of Chine Air Task Force (CATF) feint at Hong Kong, then fly to Gulf of Tonkin and sink a freighter and damage 2 others near Haiphong. 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 17 P-40s pound Tien Ho airfield claiming more than 40 aircraft destroyed on the field. These strikes follow 3 weeks of missions in support of Chinese forces along the Siang-Chiang River.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-26 Marauder medium bombers pound Sanananda Point East as Australian forces begin assault on Gona and United States forces approach Sanananda.

Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance is flown over Kiska, Attu, Agattu, 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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