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23rd September 1942

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Events On This Day

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 13-14 September 1942 British desert forces operating behind the Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps lines raided Benghazi and Barce.

Russian Front. Marshal Semyon Timoshenko began a major counter offensive North West of Stalingrad in attempt to relieve city from the Wehrmacht ground forces.

In the 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.

Eleventh 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.

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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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