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
Afrika Corps rearguards at Mersa Matruh capitulated, many more Italian
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.
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
Launched 8 November 1942 Go To: 9th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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