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5th September 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. The Russians continued to hold up the Wehrmacht ground forces progress towards Stalingrad and the Grozny oilfields.

In Africa. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's 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.

Fifth 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.

M303 Minesweeper
Commissioned 5 September 1942

M366 Minesweeper
Launched 5 September 1942

M412 Minesweeper
Launched 5 September 1942

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