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24th November 1942

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Events On This Day

North Africa. In South sector of Tunisia Allied paratroops repulsed Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's armoured mechanised column and took prisoners. Bizerta, Tunis and Gabes attacked by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft.

Russian Front. Red Army advancing North West and South of Stalingrad captured three Wehrmacht divisions and took 12,000 more Wehrmacht prisoners. North of Stalingrad Russian troops joined hands with cities defenders.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, are dispatched against Bizerte harbour but must abort because of bad weather. Fighters patrol Oran-Nouvion Tafaraoui area, fly sea patrol off Oran, and destroy several aircraft and attack ground targets in vicinity of Gabes.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40s patrol over Bengasi and Derna areas.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers s, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, P-40s, P-39 fighters, and P-400 fighters hit Sanananda Point, Buna area, Sanananda-Soputa trail South of Sanananda, and area between Cape Killerton and Sanananda Point as Allied forces launch ground assault on The Triangle. The attack is repelled by fierce resistance. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers also bomb 2 destroyers and a light cruiser off New Guinea between Lae and Finschhafen.

South Pacific (SOPAC). Search aeroplanes over Buin area report large number of destroyers and cargo vessels in the harbour. By this date elements of American Division have pushed along North coast of Guadalcanal to a position South of Port Cruz where they wait until a general offensive can be prepared following the arrival of reinforcements. Throughout these operations P-39 fighters have continually hit ground positions and troops all along the coast, flying as many as 11 strikes on some days.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flies reconnaissance over Kiska. Weather precludes westward continuation of reconnaissance. A scheduled mission of 8 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers to Kiska is called off due to icing conditions.

M101 Minesweeper
Sunk 24 November 1942

M433 Minesweeper
Commissioned 24 November 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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