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8th September 1942

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Events On This Day

United States of America Flying Fortresses heavy bombers carried out a series of daylight raids on docks at Cherbourg and Le Havre and surrounding areas. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out intensive night-time attacks on Frankfurt and surrounding areas.

Russian Front. Further withdrawal by Russians west of Stalingrad. The Wehrmacht reported that fighting was still going on in Novorossisk and surrounding areas.

In Africa. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out a major raid on Tobruk.

In Australasia. In New Guinea Japanese forces advancing from Kokoda managed to reached a point 10 miles North of the gap in the Owen Stanley Range.

Eighth Air Force. Joint British American Directive on Day Bomber Operations Involving Fighter Cooperation is issued. Worked out between General Spaatz and the The British Royal Air Force (RAF), it consigns night bombing to the The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and day bombing to the Eighth Air Force. Purpose is to achieve continuity in the bombing offensive and secure The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters support for United States bombers. General Spatz orders all tactical operations to give way to activity in support of TORCH. Processing of units of newly created Twelfth Air Force destined for North Africa takes priority over combat operations for the present.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack shipping and harbour at Suda Bay.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-400 fighters bomb and strafe Efogi area where Australian forces are hard pressed by the Japanese. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hudsons attack cruisers and a destroyer North of the D'Entrecasteaux Island.

Eleventh Air Force. 1 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 1 B-26 Marauder medium bombers fly photo reconnaissance over Agattu, Attu, and Kiska.

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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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