Russian Front. The Russians continued to hold up the Wehrmacht ground forces progress
towards Stalingrad and the Grozny oilfields.
In Africa. Field Marshal
main concentrations of forces continued to withdraw westward.
In Australasia. Attacks by Allied fighters and bombers on New Guinea aerodromes.
Eighth Air Force. Because of General Spaatz's convincing protests, General
Eisenhower changes his mind concerning his recent orders to suspend Eighth Air
Force operations from United Kingdom in order to devote total air effort to support
of Twelfth Air Force an the forth coming African campaign. General Eisenhower
informs General Marshall that he considers air operations in United Kingdom and
in Africa mutually complementary. 31 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb the
locomotive depot at Rouen-Sotteville marshalling yard. This is largest force of
Eighth Air Force heavy bombers to attack to date. Almost 1/5 of the HE bombs burst
within the marshalling yard.
United States Army, Middle East Air Forces
(USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike
shipping and dock area in Candia Bay. P-40 fighters escort The British Royal Air
Force (RAF) bombers over battle area Southeast of Alam-el-Halfa ridge near Rayil
Dayr Ar Depression as enemy offensive falters and is pushed back.
Air Force. General Walker becomes Commanding General V Bomber Command. P-400 fighters
strafe Kokoda, Kaile, Isurava, Alola, Buna, Sanananda, and Buna-Kokoda trail.
Airfield at Buna is strafed and bombed by P-400 fighters and A-20 Havoc light
bombers. As Japanese withdraw from Milne Bay area, Australian ground forces capture
Wagga Wagga supply dump.
Eleventh Air Force. 3 United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers abort bombing of Kiska due to overcast.
Commissioned 5 September 1942 M366
Launched 5 September 1942 M412
Launched 5 September 1942 Go To: 6th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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