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25th September 1942

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The British Admiralty announced the loss of the destroyer HMS Somali which was sunk on 20 September 1942 by the U-703. And the minesweeper HMS Leda which was sunk on 20 September 1942 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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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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