The British Admiralty announced the loss of the destroyer
HMS Somali which was sunk on 20
by the U-703
And the minesweeper HMS Leda which was sunk on 20
by the U-435
during passage of convoys to and from Russia at least 40 Luftwaffe
aircraft were shot down and six U-boats sunk or damaged.
The British Royal Air Force Mosquito bombers made daylight
raid on Gestapo Headquarters at Oslo.
Russian Front. Russians made some progress inside and outside
Stalingrad against the Wehrmacht ground forces.
In China. United States of America aircraft attacked aerodrome
at Hanoi, Indochina.
In Australasia. Allied fighters and bombers attacked Kokoda,
Bona and Rabaul.
United States of America. United States and Canadian aircraft
attacked shipping at Kiska, Aleutians.
United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United
States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
fail to locate shipping convoy South of Crete and return without
bombing. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bengasi.
Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers, with escort of 10 P-40 fighters,
attack Hanoi. The strike force is intercepted by 10 fighters
but the medium bombers place several bombs on the runway at
Gia Lam airfield. The P-40 fighters claim at least 9 fighters
shot down. Chine Air Task Force (CATF) bombers fly 11 missions
during remainder of September and early October to support
Chinese ground forces attempting to hold the Japanese on West
bank of the Salween.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40
fighters again bomb bridge at Wairopi, scoring direct hit
on North East end, which is demolished. Australian ground
forces open counteroffensive, attacking strongly toward Ioribaiwa
to drive enemy back along Port Moresby Kokoda trail.
Eleventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy
bombers, and 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers photo aeroplane,
escorted by 11 P-39 fighters and 17 P-40 fighters, fly first
of 2 missions to Kiska. Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Kittyhawk,
participate in this first combined Canadian-American mission
of the Eleventh. Later 2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and
a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by 15 P-39
fighters, pound Little Kiska and Kiska. Radar installations
at Little Kiska are destroyed and explosions and fires are
caused in the Main Camp area. Other targets include shipping,
stores, and tents. The P-39 fighters also strafe 2 subs. 2
float planes are downed. 5 to 8 biplanes are probably destroyed
on the water. 1 large transport vessel is hit and lists badly.
150 personnel are believed killed.
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