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9th October 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced the loss of anti aircraft cruiser HMS Coventry which was lost on 14 September 1942 by Junkers Ju 88.

More than 100 United States of America bombers made daylight raid on Lille, destroying 48 Luftwaffe aircraft for certain and probably 38 more, for the loss of only four United States of America bombers.

Russian Front. North West of Stalingrad the Russians managed improved their positions against the Wehrmacht ground forces.

In Africa. Allied aircraft made heavy bombing attacks on enemy landing grounds and supply columns.

In Australasia. Allied bombers made heavy attack on Rabaul. Allied troops made contact with Japanese ground patrols in New Guinea.

United States of America. United States of America heavy, bombers again raided Kiska.

Eighth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers join air assault in first United States mission in which more than 100 bombers are dispatched from United Kingdom. The principal targets are the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille, which are attacked by 69 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Other targets attacked (by 10 heavy bombers) are Courtrai and Wevelghem and Saint-Omer airfields and the city of Roubaix.

United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF).United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers strike shipping and harbour facilities at Bengasi. P-40 fighters fly escort and strafe a landing ground West of El Daba and emplacements in battle area West of El Alamein.

Fifth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit airfields at Lae. 30 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound numerous targets at Rabaul.

Eleventh Air Force. 7 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 10 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers escorted by 6 P-38 Lightning fighters and 4 P-39 fighters bomb Kiska Harbour, installations and shipping 6 times. Targets include shipping in Gertrude Cove, small cargo vessels in Kiska Harbour, installations at North Head, hangar, Main Camp area (hit several times), and various shore facilities.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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