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9th November 1942

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Events On This Day

United States of America Liberator and Flying Fortress bombers made daylight raid on docks at St, Nazaire. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bostons bombers attacked Havre. Heavy night raid on Hamburg and other places in North West Germany.

In North Africa. United States of America forces landing to East and West of Oran made progress against stiff local resistance. General Giraud in Algeria cooperating with Allied forces.

In Egypt. Erwin Rommel's Panzer Army rearguards engaged in Sidi Barrani and Sollum areas.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces were attacking in the area of Mozdok was repulsed by extremely bitter fighting.

United States of America. United States Army bombers attacked Japanese aircraft and shipping at Attu and Kiska, in Aleutians.

Vichy Government. Broke off diplomatic relations with United States of America.

Eighth Air Force. General Spaatz, in memo to General Eisenhower, agrees that any increase in air commitments to North Africa must necessarily be made at expense of United States forces in United Kingdom as United States forces in other theatres are considered irreducible. VIII Bomber Command attacks U-boat base at Saint-Nazaire from reduced altitude. 12 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers at 17,500 to 18,300 ft suffer little antiaircraft damage, but 31 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers at 7,500 to 10,000 ft lose 3 of their number and have 22 damaged by antiaircraft fire. This ends experiment with low-level attacks of heavy bombers against submarine bases.

Twelfth Air Force. Spitfires of 31st Fighter Group attack and halt an armoured column moving North toward Tafaraoui, and also attack artillery and antiaircraft batteries Southeast of Tafaraoui and along coastal road. At 1605, General Doolittle arrive in Algeria from Gibraltar by B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, escorted by 12 Spitfires from 52d Fighter Group.

Tenth Air Force. India Air Task Force (IATF) heavy bombers raid Rangoon.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers hit troops at Oivi in support of Australian offensive in Owen Stanley Range. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Buna while B-25 Mitchell medium bombers score hit on merchant vessel off South tip of New Ireland and attack schooner off Salamaua. Airlift of elements of 126th Infantry, United States 32d Division, from Port Moresby to forward areas begins. First elements are flown to Abel's Field and moved overland to Pongani.

Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-26 Marauder medium bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters bomb a cargo ship in Gertrude Cove. No hits. 2 P-38 Lightning fighters then strafe Kiska Harbour area. 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 4 P-38 Lightning fighters attack Holtz Bay and Attu airfield, destroying 8 float Zeros. 1 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers flies weather reconnaissance over Attu, Kiska, and Segula.

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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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