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5th June 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a massive strike with an extremely large force of bombers which raided the Ruhr.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht launched an attack on Sevastopoi.

In the Mediterranean. Night raid by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers on the harbour of Naples.

In China. The Japanese captured Foochow.

In Australasia. Announced that six Japanese submarines had been sunk in five days.

Thirty Czechs executed.

Eighth Air Force. VIII A fighter-bomber C, activated in United States on 28 January 1942, is redesignated VIII Air Force Services Command (AFSC). Col Harold A McGinnis assumes command .

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit wharves, warehouse, and coal jetty at Rabaul.

Seventh Air Force. Battle of Midway continues with Japanese fleet retiring westward. In the morning 8 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit force 130 miles from Midway, claiming hits on 2 large warships. During afternoon 6 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers claim hits on heavy cruiser 300 miles from Midway. The last strike by Seventh Air Force aircraft in the Battle of Midway is by 5 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers which bomb a heavy cruiser 425 miles from Midway. 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers is shot down and another lost due to fuel shortage. The battle ends with Midway's installations heavily damaged by bombs but still in United States hands and with landing strips still intact. During the fighting 3-5 June 1942 Seventh Air Force aircraft carried out 16 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attacks (55 sorties) and 1 torpedo attack by 4 B-26 Marauder medium bombers, claiming 22 hits on ships and 10 fighters shot down. 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 2 B-26 Marauder medium bombers were lost. One of the decisive battles of naval history, Midway will cost Japan the initiative and will be a turning point in the Pacific war.

Eleventh Air Force. 18 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers, 10 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 2 LB-30 bombers search and attack sorties are flown against the carrier force, the B-26 Marauder medium bombers splitting into 3 missions, the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers into 2. No contact is made. The B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers using radar bomb targets which look like ships, but later turn out to be the Pribilof Islands. The 54th Fighter Squadron begins moving into Umnak.

Zone of Interior. Aircraft and pilots of 1st Pursuit Squadron, then at Dow Field for movement to United Kingdom, fly to Morris Field, en route to West coast for defence against attack.

T20 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 5 June 1942

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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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