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3rd September 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. Further slight withdrawal by Russians South West of Stalingrad.

In Australasia. Japanese made afresh landings in the South Eastern Solomons.

Ramón Serrano Súñer was replaced as a Minister of Foreign Affairs on 3 September 1942 by General Francisco Gómez-Jordana Sousa, 1st Count of Jordana, formerly also a Minister of Foreign Affairs of Franco`s Spain.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack convoy at sea. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troop concentrations, vehicles, and airfield installations in battle area of Alam-el-Halfa and behind enemy lines. P-40 fighters, mostly operating with The British Royal Air Force (RAF), escort bombers and engage fighters in combat, claiming at least 1 shot down.

Tenth Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers dumps bombs and pamphlets on Hanoi in first United States raid against that city. Munitions, supplies, and several parked aircraft are destroyed or damaged. 9 interceptors pursue the medium bombers for about 30 mile but fail to make contact. For the next 3 weeks, bad weather and inaccurate Chinese weather forecasts severely limit bomber operations.

Fifth Air Force. General Kenney assumes command of Fifth Air Force in Brisbane, where the Fifth's Headquarters is re-manned General Kenney retains command of Allied Air Force. P-400 fighters bomb and strafe Kokoda Pass area, hitting airfield at Kokoda and in the vicinity of Alola, Isurava, and Missima. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Mubo, Busama, Salamaua area. A B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafes seaplanes at Faisi Island.

Eleventh Air Force. The 21st Bomber Group arrives at Umnak. Of 6 bombers and 5 P-38 Lightning fighters off to bomb Kiska and flying air cover over Kuluk Bay, 5 bombers and 3 fighters abort due to weather. The others strafe seaplanes and boats in Kiska Harbour and nearby installations. Between 1 and 4 seaplanes are claimed destroyed on the water. This is the longest over water attack flight thus far in World War II. The 2 fighters which reach the target area return from the 1,260 mile round trip with only 40 gallons of fuel.

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