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6th September 1942

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Events On This Day

United States of America Flying Fortresses heavy bombers, and the British Royal Air Force Boston bombers made daylight attacks on airfields at Abbeville and St. Omer and airframe factory at MéauIte. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a major attack on Duisburg during the night.

Russian Front. Defenders of Stalingrad continued to hold their ground. The Wehrmacht claimed capture of Novorossisk, key Soviet port on Black Sea since fall of Sevastopol. .

In Africa. Our forces, harassed Erwin Rommel's forces who continued to more westwards.

The Luftwaffe carried out a major raid on Northeast town in England.

Eighth Air Force. 30 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strike Avions Potez aircraft plant at Meaulte, while a smaller force bombs 2 airfields near Saint-Omer. 12 DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers attack Abbeville and Drucat airfields. 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers are shot down over Meaulte by fighters, marking VIII Bomber Commands first loss of aircraft in combat.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters fly offensive sweep over battle area near Rayil Dayr Ar Depression, claiming 3 Ju 87 shot down. P-40 fighters also escort The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers and fly 2 interceptor missions.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-400 fighters, A-20 Havoc light bombers, and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers strafe and bomb positions, troops, and shipping at Myola, Mubo, Kokoda, Myola Lake, Eora Creek, and Milne Bay. Australian ground forces continue to clear enemy from Milne Bay area while Australian troops in the Owen Stanley Range fall back to vicinity of Efogi Spur beyond Gap Mountain here defensive positions already established.

Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers flying patrol and armed reconnaissance over Tanaga sinks a mine layer and strafes a tender as well as nearby tents and buildings.

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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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