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30th December 1942

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Events On This Day

United States of America heavy bombers made daylight raids on the submarine base at Lorient and surrounding areas.

In the Mediterranean. Heavy allied raid on aerodrome at Heraklion, Crete.

In Australasia. Allied raids on Munda and Rekata Bay in Solomon: and Lae in New Guinea.

United States of America. United States 4 bombers again raided Kiska causing extensive damage.

Eighth Air Force. 40 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers hit submarine base at Lorient, which now shows cumulative effect of repeated bombardment.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, with P-38 Lightning fighters escort, attack docks and marshalling yard at Sfax. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters, follow with attack on same marshalling yard. DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers hit troop concentration near Gabes, this attack being followed by A-20 Havoc light bombers raid on the airfield. During afternoon more DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers hit Gabes, concentrating on the airfield. P-40 fighters and P-38 Lightning fighters furnish escort for the raids on Gabes. A-20 Havoc light bombers hit fuel dump at El Aouinet; on return flight, escorting P-40 fighters strafe near El Guettar. P-38 Lightning fighters fly 2 reconnaissance missions to Tripoli, 1 flight destroying several trucks on return trip. P-40 fighters and F4U Corsair fighter fly uneventful reconnaissance missions.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping at Rabaul. A-20 Havoc light bombers strafe forces in Duvira Creek area while B-24 Liberator heavy bombers carry out single-bomber attacks on airfield at Lae, Madang Village, and troops and vehicles at Wewak. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafes a schooner in Jacquinot Bay.

Eleventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 14 P-38 Lightning fighters approach Kiska Harbour at minimum altitude for a bombing and strafing attack. 2 ships and 3 submarines, newly arrived, are covered by Zeros. 4 of them engage the approaching P-38 Lightning fighters in a dogfight. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters are shot down and 4 Zeros are scored as probable. The B-25 Mitchell medium bombers meanwhile attack the ships with unobserved results. One B-25 Mitchell medium bombers is shot down off Little Kiska. A PBY picks up survivors, but fails to return. Kiska Harbour is then attacked once more by 5 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 4 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, and 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers. They claim 2 hits on both vessels observing explosions on the smaller ship. A B-24 Liberator heavy bombers photographs Amchitka. Weather reconnaissance of Near Island is cancelled due to weather. Aerial reconnaissance observes for first time Japanese use of smoke screen at Kiska Harbour.

M262 Minesweeper
Commissioned 30 December 1942

M406 Minesweeper
Launched 30 December 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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