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6th December 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS Unique She was reported overdue on 24 October 1942 when she failed to arrive at Gibraltar.

Nearly 100 light British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked Philips radio works at Eindhoven, Holland. United States of America Flying Fortresses and Liberators raided Fives-Lille locomotive works and airfield at Abbeville. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) night bombers raided South West Germany, in bad weather.

North Africa. Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps attack in Tebourba area of Tunisia penetrated one of allied positions.

Russian Front. Red Army offensive continued on Central front and in Stalingrad area against the Wehrmacht ground forces.

In Australasia. In New Guinea United States of America troops broke through at a fresh point in Buna-Gona beachhead.

Eighth Air Force. 36 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers attack Atelier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville and Drucat airfields.

Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers, with fighters escort, bomb bridge over Medjerda River at El Bathan. P-38 Lightning fighters and F4U Corsair fighter fly patrols and reconnaissance missions over parts of Algeria and Tunisia. In ground fighting, German attack penetrates positions of United States 1st Armoured Division (with British First Army) on El Guettar Mountains.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers sent to attack shipping at Tobruk fail to locate target due to bad weather, but a few aircraft manage to bomb Misurata and 2 enemy airfields. P-40 fighters fly top cover for Air Force aeroplanes attacking Marble Arch.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bomb Lakunai airfield and town of Rabaul. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb airfields at Lae.

South Pacific (SOPAC). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters, strafing Munda discover trucks, steam rollers, and other construction equipment, and evidence of 2 airstrips under construction. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers will bomb Munda 21 times in December 1942 and continue to hit it in January 1943, as the Japanese continue to work at building the strips despite the constant air strikes.

Eleventh Air Force. Reconnaissance is flown over Attu, Agattu, Amchitka, Kiska and the Semichis.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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