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26th September 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. Russians continued to make progress North West of Stalingrad against the Wehrmacht ground forces.

In the Mediterranean. The British Admiralty announced that British submarines had sunk or damaged eight enemy supply ships.

In China. United States of America aircraft made successful attacks on Japanese supply columns on the Lungling-Chefang road.

In Australasia. The Japanese ground forces withdrew their outposts in Owen Stanley area of New Guinea.

United States of America. New aircraft-carrier Lexington launched one year ahead of schedule.

Eighth Air Force. Approximately 75 heavy bombers are dispatched to attack Cherbourg, Maupertus and Morlaix and Poryeau airfields and to execute diversionary sweeps. All bombers return without bombing their targets due to adverse weather.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 3 squadrons sent on shipping strikes fail to locate targets.

Tenth Air Force. 4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers devastate village of Luchiangpa in South West China.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe forces North of Ioribaiwa and along Efogi-Menari trail in support of Australian counteroffensive in Papua. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, along with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes, bombs airfield at Buna. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strike shipping and airfield at Rabaul.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 destroyer and 1 freighter are bombed at 53-30N 174-20E. 2 near misses are scored on the freighter.

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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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