Daylight raid by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Mosquitoes on Molybdenum mines
at Knaben in Norway. Also a heavy night raid carried out on Hamburg.
North Africa. Field Marshal Erwin
Afrika Corps continued their attack in Sejenane area of North Tunisia.
Russian Front. Soviet troops occupied Rzhev after prolonged battle with
the Wehrmacht ground forces.
Two small-scale Luftwaffe night raids on
London, accident at Tube shelter caused death of 173 persons.
African Air Forces (NAAF). United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers bomb docks and shipping at Tunis and shipping and power plant at
La Goulette harbour. Fighters and medium bombers of Northwest African Tactical
Air Force (NATAF) hit ground forces in areas around Bedja, Bou Arada, and Mateur.
Fighting around Bedja subsides but enemy forces take Sedjenane.
Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers dispatched
against Naples fail to reach primary target. Several bomb secondary target, Messina,
while 3 bomb bridges at Banco and Siderno Marina. P-40 fighters fly fighter-bomber
missions along Mareth Line as probing attack against British 51st Division positions
near Mareth is driven back. German Afrika Korps issues plan for counter-attack
from Mareth Line.
Tenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Mahlwagon marshalling yard and dock area at
Rangoon. 9 others attack Pazundaung railroad bridge but fail to knock it out.
6 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb railroad sheds at Maymyo.
Air Force Battle of Bismarck Sea continues as heavy bombers are joined by medium
bombers, Light bombers, and fighters aircraft (United States and Australian) in
pounding convoy as it moves into Huon Gulf. Motor torpedo boat of United States
Seventh Fleet also close with the enemy. By the end of the day all 8 transports
have been sunk and Allied aircraft have destroyed 4 of the 8 destroyers and a
large number of fighters aircraft covering the convoy.
Eleventh Air Force.
4 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-40 fighters sweep Kiska dropping demolition
and fragmentation bombs. Admiral Kinkaid, Commanding Officer Alaska Defence Command
tables Kiska invasion plan and substitutes an Attu invasion plan. M456
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The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
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