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8th October 1942

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Events On This Day

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces managed to capture two streets in factory area of Stalingrad despite intense Russian defence. The Wehrmacht High Command abandons attempt to storm Stalingrad, announces plans to take city by artillery siege.

In Australasia. United States of America dive bombers attacked Japanese surface ships covering landing operations at Guadalcanal, damaging a cruiser.

Germans fettered l,376 British prisoners taken at Dieppe as reprisal for tying of hands of Germans during raid on Sark. Nine more Norwegians executed at Trondheim.

Eighth Air Force. In letter to General Stratemeyer, General Eaker indicates plans for developing highly skilled intruder force capable of using bad weather as a cloak for small blind bombing operations. These missions are also to serve purpose of keeping the enemy from resting during periods of bad weather when big strategic missions cannot be flown.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers of 343d and 344th Squadrons, 98th Bomber Group, fail to reach target at Bengasi because of bad weather. Hal Bomber Squadron manages to attack shipping at Bengasi.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb Buna area while A-20 Havoc light bombers pound Buna-Kokoda trail. Japanese withdrawal Northeast across Owen Stanley Range slows as they prepare to make a stand at Templeton's Crossing North of Myola.

Eleventh Air Force. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 3 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters blast Kiska Harbour installations (starting fires in Main Camp), and strafe antiaircraft positions, hangars, a corvette (silencing her guns), and a freighter.

R77 R-boat
Sunk 8 October 1941, along with R78, R82 and R86, whilst escorting the auxiliary cruiser Komet HSK 7.

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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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