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3rd June 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out extensive attacks on Bremen with an extremely strong force of bombers.

In Africa Further attacks on Bir Hacheim driven off by Free French.

In China. On Chekiang front Japanese launched attack on Chuhsien.

In the Indian Ocean. British occupied Ambilobe, Madagascar.

Lord Louis Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations; in America.

Twenty-one Czechs executed.

Tenth Air Force. A flight of 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers of 11th Bomber Squadron earmarked for Chine Air Task Force (CATF), take off from Dinjan for China. They bomb Lashio en route to Kunming, but afterward 3 crash into an overcast hidden mountain at 10,000 ft and another is abandoned when it runs out of fuel near Chan-i. The remaining 2 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers reach Kunming, 1 with its radio operator killed by a fighters.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit wharf, warehouse area, and military camp at Rabaul.

Seventh Air Force. Preliminary action begins in Battle of Midway. 9 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, flying out of Midway, attack 5 large warships 570 miles off Midway, claiming 5 hits and several near misses. 7 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers leave Oahu and fly to Midway.

Eleventh Air Force. Japanese carrier based bombers and fighters bomb and strafe Fort Mears and Dutch Harbour in several waves inflicting little damage and killing 52 United States personnel. P-40 fighters from Cold Bay trying to intercept them arrive 10 minutes after the last attack wave departs. Other P-40 fighters at Umnak are notified too late due to communication failure. 9 P-40 fighters and 6 B-26 Marauder medium bombers fly patrol but cannot find the fleet 180 miles south of Dutch Harbour but 2 of the P-40 fighters engage 4 carrier based aircraft, shoot down one and damage another.

R103 R-boat
Launched 3 June 1942

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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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