Russian Front. The Russians carry out a new offensive against
the Wehrmacht ground forces in and around Central Caucasus.
In India. Another Japanese raid on Calcutta.
In Burma. Two enemy attempts to retake positions in Arakan
In Australasia. It was announced that the minesweeper HMAS
Armidale which was hit by two torpedoes from Japanese torpedo
aircraft and sank within five minutes south of Timor while
on its second journey to Timor to evacuate refugees and bring
relief personnel from Port Darwin. 40 of her crew perished
along with 60 Dutch passengers on 1
On the afternoon of 24 December 1942, a member of the resistance
group led by the monarchist Henri d'Astier de la Vigerie,
the 20 year old Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle entered Darlan's
headquarters in Algiers and shot the Admiral at point-blank
range. Darlan died a few hours later and was replaced as high
commissioner by another French flag officer, General Henri
Giraud. La Chapelle was executed by firing squad on 26
Eighth Air Force. First P-47 Thunderbolt fighters arrive in
European Theatre of Operations. However, because of VHF radios
and engine difficulties, the P-47 Thunderbolt fighters are
not sent into combat until April 43.
North Africa Admiral Darlan is assassinated in Algiers. General
Giraud becomes acting French ruler of African colonies.
Twelfth Air Force. Weather restricts operations to routine
C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft courier lights, Spitfire
patrols in Oran Tafaraoui area, and an attack by 4 P-40 fighters
on bridge North of Gabes. During conference with General Eisenhower,
General Sir Anderson, Commanding General British First Army,
decides to cease attack Oil Tunis until after rainy season.
British forces retake positions on Djebel el Ahmera.
Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24
Liberator heavy bombers sent to bomb Tunis abort because of
weather. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack harbour at Naples
December 1942. 1 bombs Taranto.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers strafe troops near Kel and along North
Amboga River and trail. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit shipping and airfields
at Gasmata. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, operating
singly, bomb Lae, a schooner in Vitiaz Strait, and the harbour
South Pacific (SOPAC). 3 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-39 fighters and United States Marine Corps (USMC) F4U Corsair
fighter and SBD Dauntless dive bomber carry out their most
devastating raid on Munda, claiming 24 fighters destroyed
on the ground and in the air. None of the attacking fighters
Eleventh Air Force. The reconnaissance aircraft over Kiska
finds shipping there unchanged. Weather cancels other missions.
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