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24th July 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. Fighting continued in neighbourhood of Voronezh, Tsimlyanskaya, Novocherkassk and Rostov. The Wehrmacht ground forces claimed to have taken Rostov.

In Africa. Patrol and artillery activity in northern and central sectors.

In Australasia. Japanese bombers raided aerodrome Port Moresby.

Joint Chiefs of Staff issue statement that heavy bomber and medium bombers groups will be shifted from BOLERO assignments to North Africa for TORCH. BOLERO resources are further depleted by decision to send 15 combat groups to Pacific theatre.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). During 23-24 July 1942, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack Tobruk harbour. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit harbour at Bengasi. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers crashes on return to base, killing 1 crew member.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, A-24 Banshee dive bombers, and fighters continue to pound antiaircraft positions and enemy troops at Gona as Japanese continue to push inland toward Kokoda.

M361 Minesweeper
Commissioned 24 July 1942

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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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