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2nd December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a bombing raid on Frankfort and other places in West Germany bombed by night.

North Africa. Allied troops beat back a big Afrika Corps counter-attacked with tanks and dive-bombers in Tebourba area.

In the Mediterranean. Two Axis supply ships sunk by torpedo aircraft and Italian torpedo-beat sunk by light naval forces off Tunisia.

In Australasia. Arrival of United States of America troops in New Zealand announced.

Eighth Air Force. General Longfellow replaces General Eaker as Commanding General VIII Bomber Command.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb El Aouina airfield following DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers raid on same target; B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit Sidi Ahmed airfield and Bizerte harbour. And B-25 Mitchell medium bombers attack antiaircraft guns near Gabes airfield. P-38 Lightning fighters provide escort and fly reconnaissance missions and sweeps, claiming 8 aircraft and 1 tank destroyed. British First Army withstands another counterattack on Tebourba.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , A-20 Havoc light bombers, and P-400 fighters attack 4 destroyers off Buna and Gona, and airfield and positions in Buna area and between Watutu Point and Cape Killerton. As the result of the strike against shipping, the destroyers, originally bound for Gona with 800 reinforcements, land the troops near mouth of the Kumusi River 12 miles to the North. After bombardment of Gona, Allied ground forces attack in strength but are again halted short of the village.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers finds Semi chi negative in detailed reconnaissance, and Attu unchanged. B-26 Marauder medium bombers reconnaissance finds Kiska closed by fog.

R211 R-boat
Launched 2 December 1942

R212 R-boat
Launched 2 December 1942

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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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