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5th August 1942

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The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers raided targets in the Ruhr by night.

Russian Front. Further Wehrmacht ground forces gains at Kotelnikovo, on Stalingrad-Krasnodar railway, and east of Tsimlyanskaya, fighting continued south of Byelaya Glina and Kushchevsk.

In the Mediterranean. British submarine sank Italian supply ship and damaged another.

In China. American bombers attacked Japanese installations near Hankow.

Eighth Air Force. VIII Fighter Command dispatches its first mission 11 aircraft of 31st Fighter Group on a practice run over France.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). General Brereton, in his first strategic estimate of the Middle Eastern war, indicates that the 3 major objectives for the Allied Air Forces are to assist in the destruction of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps by support to ground troops, secure sea and air command on and over the Mediterranean, and carry out a sustained air offensive against Italy and against oil installations at Ploesti and in the Caucasus, if the latter should fall under Axis control.

Tenth Air Force. Japanese aircraft again attack United States airfield at Kweilin. Notified well in advance by the Chinese warning net (previously set up under General Chennault while he was head of American Volunteer Group
AVG), P-40 fighters meet the Japanese over the target, shooting down 2, and another is downed by ground fire.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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