North Africa. Field Marshal Erwin
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
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
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.
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
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
Sunk 5 December 1942 Go To: 6th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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