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25th March 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out an offensive sweep over North France. Heavy night raid on Essen and targets in the Ruhr. Daylight attack on shipyards at Le Trait, west of Rouen. Night attacks on docks at St. Nazaire.

In the Mediterranean, Heavy air raids on harbour at Malta. Three enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 probably destroyed and 8 seriously damaged. Many others hit.

Far East, United States Navy Department announced successful naval raids on Wake Island and Marcus Island by Vice Admiral Halsey's Pacific Fleet Task Force. Chinese forces threatened with being cut off on Toungoo front in Burma Port Moresby again raided.

Eighth Air Force. Major Cecil P Lessig becomes first Eighth Air Force pilot to fly a mission over France in World War II. Flying a Spitfire with The British Royal Air Force (RAF) 64 Squadron, Lessig participates in a 36 aircraft fighters sweep that is recalled when 50 fighters challenge them.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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