The British Admiralty announced the arrival in North Russian port of an important
convey of British, American and Russian ships, in spite of heavy attacks by Luftwaffe
aircraft and U-boats.
The British Royal Air Force carried out a major
raid on submarine yards at Flensburg.
In Africa. It was announced that
on night of 13
September 1942 British desert forces operating behind the Field Marshal Erwin
Afrika Corps lines raided Benghazi and Barce.
Marshal Semyon Timoshenko began a major counter offensive North West of Stalingrad
in attempt to relieve city from the Wehrmacht ground forces.
Indian Ocean. British forces entered Antananarivo, capital of Madagascar.
Twelfth Air Force. General Doolittle assumes command of Twelfth Air Force
in Great Britain.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters, P-39 fighters, P-400 fighters, and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
hit tanks, buildings, and airfield at Buna, Wairopi bridge and targets on Buna-Kokoda
trail, and Taupota Mission near Goodenough Bay.
South Pacific (SOPAC).
72d Bomber Squadron (B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers) of 5th Bomber Group joins
11th Bomber Group on Espiritu Santo.
Seventh Air Force. Movement of 72d
Bomber Squadron to South Pacific (SOPAC), plus subsequent movement of other squadrons
of 5th Bomber Group to South Pacific (SOPAC), makes it difficult for some time
to maintain the minimum force of 35 heavy bombers considered necessary for defence
of the Hawaiian Island. This situation is relieved by 90th Bomber Group, which
stops in Hawaii while en route to Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA), and by 307th
Bomber Group, which is assigned to Seventh Air Force for a time.
Air Force. Weather causes mission abort to Kiska. Photo reconnaissance over Attu
confirms abandonment by enemy. A Navy PBY escorted by 2 P-38 Lightning fighters
lands off Amchitka with a scouting party which determines that the island is unsuited
as an airfield. The P-38 Lightning fighters also bomb a radio shack and sink a
submarine at Amchitka. Go To: 24th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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