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4th June 1942

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Events On This Day

In the Mediterranean. Syracuse bombed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers.

In Africa. Attacks at Bir Hacheim again repulsed.

In the Indian Ocean. British occupied ports of Vohemar and Antalaha, Madagascar.

In China. General Stilwell, Brereton and Chennault arrived in Chungking.

In Australasia. Allied submarine sank enemy transport and two supply ships.

In the Pacific. Japanese aircraft attacked Midway island.

Special Service troops made reconnaissance raid in Boulogne-Le Touquet area.

Reinhard Heydrich died from wounds received on 27 May 1942.

Twenty-four Czechs executed.

Adolf Hitler and Wilhelm Keitel visited Field-Marshal Mannerheim in Finland.

Mr. Molotov left Washington on his return journey to Moscow via London.

Army Air Forces. Schedule, with tables of composition and strength, indicating total of 3,649 aeroplanes, is set up for Army Air Forces in United Kingdom.

Tenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) 2 heavy bombers bomb Rangoon, but are attacked by 10 fighters. 1 heavy bomber is shot down and the other badly damaged. This raid ends 2 months of harassing strikes against Rangoon soon all heavy bombers are grounded by monsoon.

Seventh Air Force. Battle of Midway. 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers, in conjunction with Navy torpedo bombers, attack carrier 2 of the medium bombers are shot down. In further morning action 14 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack a Task Force approaching Midway at a distance of 145 miles they claim several hits on carriers and 2 Zeros shot down. In late afternoon 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack carrier force at 31-40N 179-10W, claiming hits on a battleship and a carrier and 3 aeroplanes shot down. 4 other B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers claim a hit on heavy cruiser 185 miles from Midway. 6 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, en route to Midway from Hawaii, bomb ships 170 miles from Midway, claiming hits on a burning carrier, the Hiryu, hit earlier in the battle, and a destroyer, which is claimed sunk.

Eleventh Air Force. A carrier borne force strikes again as 11 bombers, 10 fighters, and 8 torpedo bombers attack Dutch Harbour in several waves. 2 P-40 fighters intercept 4 bombers just before noon over Umnak Pass and shoot down 3. During the afternoon P-40 fighters intercept 9 fighters. A dogfight claims one enemy aircraft and one P-40, the Eleventh's first combat casualty. Antiaircraft fire claims another Japanese bomber. During the afternoon 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 5 B-26 Marauder medium bombers attack the carrier force, and 3 more B-26 Marauder medium bombers strike the cruiser Takao. No hits are scored. 1 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fail to return.

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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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