The British Admiralty announced that in a sea battle off North Cape on 31
, that the destroyer HMS Achates was sunk and HMS Onslow was
badly damaged. Kriegsmarine ships that took part were Admiral
and the destroyers Theodor
however the convoy reached Russian ports without loss.
The British Royal
Air Force (RAF) bombers again raided the Ruhr.
North Africa. United
States of America aircraft attacked Axis concentrations at Kairouan.
Russian Front. The Wehrmacht Sixth Army trapped in Stalingrad, General Konstantin
Rokossovsky, commander of the Red Army on the Don front, called a cease fire and
men generous surrender terms normal rations, medical treatment for
the ill and wounded, permission to retain their badges, decorations, uniforms
and personal effects, and repatriation to any country they wished after the war.
Rokossovsky also noted that Friedrich
was in a nearly impossible situation. Adolf
hold Stalingrad. Soviet ground forces occupied Zimovniki.
In Australasia. Three Japanese surface transports in convoy bound for Lae sunk
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit docks at Ferryville and naval base at Bizerte.
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit bridges and rail junctions at Graiba and at Kalaa
Srira while B-26 Marauder medium bombers hit Kairouan airfield. The heavy bombers
and medium bombers are escorted by P-38 Lightning fighters. A-20 Havoc light bombers,
escorted by P-40 fighters, bomb tank concentration near Gabes. Other fighters
fly numerous patrols and reconnaissance missions.
Ninth Air Force. United
States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers hit Tunis after weather
and engine trouble prevent planned attack on Bizerte. The British Royal Air Force
(RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command operational control, attack rail junction
Tenth Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
P-40 fighters bomb and strafe Watugyi and Nsopzup and strafe other targets. 6
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb storage area at Bhamo.
Fifth Air Force.
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) heavy bombers, medium bombers, and Light
bombers, with fighters cover, join Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aeroplanes
in continued pounding of convoy as it unloads about 4,000 reinforcements at Lae.
Enemy fighters cover and allied aircraft continue fierce air combat.
Eleventh Air Force. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers flies photo reconnaissance over Amchitka. Another B-24 Liberator heavy
bombers aborts a weather run over Kiska because of instrument trouble.
Sunk 8 January 1943 Go To: 9th
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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