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24th December 1942

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Events On This Day

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 were repelled.

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 December 1942.

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 December 1942.

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 during 23-24 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 at Arawe.

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 are lost.

Eleventh Air Force. The reconnaissance aircraft over Kiska finds shipping there unchanged. Weather cancels other missions.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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