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8th November 1942

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Events On This Day

United States of America Flying Fortresses made daylight raids on steel works at Lille and airfield Abbeyille.

In North Africa. United States of America Army Navy and Air forces, supported by Royal Navy and the British Royal Air Force (RAF), started landing operations in French North Africa, round Algiers, Oran and Casablanca. Algiers surrendered.

In Egypt. Erwin Rommel's Afrika Corps rearguards at Mersa Matruh capitulated, many more Italian prisoners taken.

Russian Front. In Stalingrad Wehrmacht ground forces were ejected from several buildings in the factory area by extremely fierce fighting conducted by the Russians.

In Australasia. It was announced that Allied forces including United States of America forces brought by air from Australia controlled all Papua except beach head in Gona-Buna area.


Eighth Air Force. 41 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers bomb the Abbeville and Drucat airfield and the Atelier d'Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille.

Twelfth Air Force. Invasion of North Africa (TORCH) begins. C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft of 60th Troop Carrier Group attempting to land troops at La Senia airfield find the French unexpectedly hostile and have several aircraft shot down by fighters and antiaircraft several other C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft are damaged when trying to land on a dry lake bed of Sebkra d'Oran. Spitfires of 31st Fighter Group, flying from Gibraltar into Tafaraoui airfield during afternoon of D-Day claim 3 hostile French fighters destroyed.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit forces in Oivi area in Owen Stanley Range as Australian ground forces push over mountains toward Gona-Buna area. Fifth Air Force transports fly final elements of 128th Infantry, 32d Division, from Port Moresby to Wanigela. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb radio station and airfield at Gasmata.

Eleventh Air Force. Intermittent air alert. Weather aeroplane returns due to icing.

R114 R-boat
Launched 8 November 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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