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5th December 1942

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Events On This Day

North Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps mechanised and infantry units entered Tebourba allied troops regrouped on surrounding heights.

Russian Front. Soviet troops on offensive round Stalingrad, near Tuapse and on Central and Leningrad fronts.

In India. Japanese air force bombers and fighters made brief attack on Chittagong area of Bengal.

Twelfth Air Force. General Spaatz is announced as Acting Department commander-in-chief for Air, Allied Force in North West Africa. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb docks and shipping at Tunis. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Sidi Ahmed airfield. DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers follow shortly with raid on same target while another small force of the Light bombers hit Faid. Each raid is escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters. P-38 Lightning fighters fly reconnaissance over wide areas of Tunisia, a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers photographs Sousse-Sfax-Gabes region, a Mosquito covers airfields and harbours in West Sicily, and an F4U Corsair fighter flies photo reconnaissance over South Sardinia.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers pound Buna area. Allied ground forces again fails to take the village, but some elements push to within 50 yards of Buna, some break through to the sea, and others invest West bank of Entrance Creek. Buna is thus completely isolated. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Kavieng airfield.

South Pacific (SOPAC). General Marshall informs Commanding General of United States Army Forces in the South Pacific (COMGENSOPAC) that Army Air Force units in South Pacific (SOPAC) are designated Thirteenth Air Force. This is first official step toward creation of the new Air Force.

Seventh Air Force. 5th and 11th Bomber Groups are formally transferred to South Pacific (SOPAC), along with 12th and 44th Fighter Squadrons and an ordnance and a chemical company.

Eleventh Air Force. Negative reconnaissance covers Attu, Agattu, the Semichis, Amchitka and Kiska.

Zone of Interior. I Concentration Command is disbanded, its functions being taken over by the 4 domestic Air Forces and Air Transport Command.

Graz Hospital ship
Sunk 5 December 1942

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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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