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26th January 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out offensive sweep over North France. Hanover and Emden heavily attacked at night as well as the docks at Brest.

Russian Front, Red Army advance towards Vyazma on central front continued, as did the advance towards Veliki Luki.

In Africa, Axis forces in Libya reached points beyond Msus, between Jedabia and Mekili.

In the Mediterranean, The British Admiralty announced that five Axis ships had been torpedoed in Mediterranean three considered sunk.

Far East, United States Navy Department announced that a United States submarine had torpedoed and possibly sunk a Japanese aircraft carrier in the Macassar Strait. The Dutch and American planes continued to attack the Japanese convoy lying there, 10,000 Japanese reported to have landed at Rabaul, in New Guinea. In Malaya, Singapore announced capture of Batu Pahat, on the west coast, by Japanese.

General Arnold recommends to Army chiefs of staff that Army Air Force in Britain (AAFIB) and be composed of a Headquarters and 3 commands bomber, interceptor, and base.

United States Army Forces in the British Isles (USAFBI) First increment of United States troops arrives in Northern Ireland.

Far East Air Force (FEAF). Fighters from Bataan bomb and strafe Nichols and Nielson Fields on Luzon during 26-27 January 1942, inflicting considerable damage on aircraft and fuel storage.

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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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