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4th December 1942

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Events On This Day

North. Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps ground forces recaptured Djedaida, hard fighting proceeding in triangle Tebourba-Djedaida-Mateur.

In the Mediterranean. United States of America Liberators bombers bombed Naples by daylight without loss, doing much damage to warships and port.

In Libya. Allied heavy bombers raided Tripoli by night.

Russian Front. Russian offensive continued inside and outside Stalingrad against the Wehrmacht ground forces.

In Burma. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and United States of America bombers raided Japanese shipping and supply columns.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb shipping and docks at Bizerte. B-26 Marauder medium bombers, with fighters escort, attack the same target a half hour later. P-38 Lightning fighters, F4U Corsair fighters, and a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers fly reconnaissance, while P-38 Lightning fighters attack vehicles and troop concentrations, mainly in Gabes and Sfax areas.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, in first attack by United States bombers on Italy, hit Italian fleet and docks at Naples. Hits are scored on numerous harbour installations, a railroad yard, and 3 or 4 ships, including a battleship.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 9 B-26 Marauder medium bombers escorted by 16 P-38 Lightning fighters take off upon a PBY report of surface force Southeast of Amchitka. At interception point, area is searched without result. PBY pilot later reports he saw clouds. Reconnaissance is flown over Attu, Agattu, Semichi, Kiska, and Amchitka.

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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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