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4th July 1942

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Events On This Day

Six planes manned by United States airmen took part in a joint attack with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers on aerodromes in Holland.

Russian Front. Heavy fighting continued at Kursk, Bielgorod and Volchansk.

In China. United States of America bombers raided aerodrome at Canton.

In Australasia. Allied aircraft made heavy raids on Lae and Salamaua.

United States of America. United States submarines torpedoed three Japanese destroyers at Kiska and one at Agattu, Aleutians.

Eighth Air Force. First Army Air Forces air operation over West Europe. 15th Bomber Squadron, flying 6 American-built Bostons belonging to The British Royal Air Force (RAF), join The British Royal Air Force (RAF) low-level attack on 4 airfields in the Netherlands. Aircraft flown by Captain Charles C Kegelman, Squadron Commanding Officer, is severely damaged, but Kegelman succeeds in bringing it back to base at Swanton Morley. VIII Air Force Comp Command is activated in United States. Second B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers arrives in United Kingdom via North Atlantic ferry route.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack convoy in Mediterranean during 4-5 July 1942, setting 1 tanker aflame.

Tenth Air Force. Chine Air Task Force (CATF) is activated under command of General Chennault. This new command is successor to Chennault's American Volunteer Group (AVG), which had attained 300 confirmed victories over Japanese aeroplanes at a cost of less than 50 aircraft and only 9 pilots. Only 5 pilots and a few ground personnel of American Volunteer Group (AVG) choose to join the Army Air Forces, although 20 other pilots agree to stay until replacements arrive in Kunming. Combat elements of Chine Air Task Force (CATF) are 23d Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, and 11th Bomber Squadron Colonel Robert L Scott is to command the fighters and Colonel Caleb V Haynes the bombers. In air action in China, 5 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, with fighters escort, heavily damage buildings, runways, and parked aircraft at Tien Ho airfield. P-40 fighters over Kweilin intercept a formation of fighter-bombers, claiming 13 destroyed. The Japanese fail to bomb target.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, B-26 Marauder medium bombers, and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Lae and Salamaua.

Zone of Interior. Air Transport Command, which was established on 30 April 1942, is redesignated I Troop Carrier Command and made responsible for training and preparing units and personnel for troop carrier (airborne) operations. Ferrying Command, which was established on 29 May 1941, is redesignated Air Transport Command and made responsible for air transport and ferrying operations.

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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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