The British Admiralty announced the loss of the submarine HMS P222 when she failed
to arrive at Algiers and was reported overdue on 21
. The Italians claimed to have sunk a submarine by depth charging
from the Italian torpedo boat Fortunale on 12
, Southeast of Isola di Capri .
In Libya. The British
Eighth Army occupied Zuara.
In the Mediterranean. Allied heavy bombers
again raided Messina.
Russian Front. Field Marshal Friedrich
and 15 generals of Wehrmacht Sixth Army surrendered at Stalingrad.
United States of America. Japanese air force aircraft bombed United States
surface shipping in West Aleutians.
Mr. Winston Churchill visited Cyprus
on way back from Turkey.
United States Army Forces in the Middle East
(USAFIME). General Brereton, Demanding General Ninth Air Force, assumes command
of United States Army Forces in the Middle East (USAFIME).
Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
hit harbour and shipping at Bizerte. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb Gabes airfield.
Fighters escort bombers and attack ground targets and furnish cover for ground
forces along battle line in Tunisia, mainly between Gafsa and Faid.
Ninth Air Force. IX Fighter Command begins functioning at its Headquarters station
at Kabrit, Egypt, General Strickland is Commanding General. B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers hit railroad ferry installations at Messina harbour. British 7th Armoured
Division finishes clearing Zuwarah.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army
Air Force (USAAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers continue to pound positions between
Mubo and Komiatum. B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers pound airfields, shipping,
and town area at Rabaul. A single B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bombs runway at
Cape Gloucester, while a lone B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers bombs runway
at Wewak. Other B-24 Liberator heavy bombers unsuccessfully attack isolated vessels
over widespread areas in Banda Sea and Solomon Sea.
Thirteenth Air Force.
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-39 fighters join Navy aircraft in attacks
on shipping in Vella Gulf. Hits are claimed on a destroyer. B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers bomb ammunition dump and airfield at Vila. P-39 fighters, P-38 Lightning
fighters, P-40 fighters, and other Allied fighters carry out sweeps over Vila
and over Munda.
Eleventh Air Force. Weather and photo reconnaissance
aircraft flies twice over Kiska. During first mission near Attu the aeroplane
is jumped by 6 fighters which it eludes. 4 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers,
2 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, 4 P-38 Lightning
fighters, and 4 P-40 fighters then attempt attack on Kiska. P-40 fighters turn
back with mechanical troubles. The other aircraft find Kiska closed in and abort
mission. 2 patrol missions, each by 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 4 P-38
Lightning fighters, fly over Amchitka. 2 enemy float-planes bomb Constantine Harbour
without results. M425
Commissioned 31 January 1943 Go To: 1st
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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