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Air action over this area between Sirte and Misurata
continued on a small scale but American long-range
fighter planes peppered Rommel's forces moving out of
Tripoli towards the Tunisian border. These P-38's flew
250 miles west of the furthest Allied advance in Tunisia
and wrecked 21 enemy trucks about 30 miles west of
Tripoli. These trucks were carrying gasoline and supplies,
indicating that Rommel was reinforcing the units already
fighting in Tunisia.
NEm W GULlINEA: Allied troops on Northeast
New Guinea repulsed Japanese
counterattacks and made further small gains
against the encircled Japanese fortified bunkers near Buna.
A day earlier, enemy warships, probably submarines, attempting
to relieve pressure on their ground defenders,
shelled Allied-held Buna village five hours in a night attack.
Enemy ground positions near Buna now reportedly cover
only a few hundred yards.
Air action, meanwhile, continued on a widespread scale.
The big Jap base at Rabaul, on New Britain Island, was
bombed by Flying Fortresses from Henderson Field on
Guadalcanal, and by bombers from Gen. MacArthur's
command which wrecked a Jap cruiser. Catalina flying
boats raided the airdrome at Kavieng on New Ireland.
Other planes hit Gasmata, on New Britain, Laivai and
Guiloro, on the Island of Timor and Lae and Salamaua
on New Guinea.
In their first showing on the Buna front 12 U. S. P-38
fighters ripped into a formation of 40 Jap planes supporting
their beleaguered troops. Our fighters knocked down
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Looking past a shell-battered palm tree in the Southwest Pacific few sights
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in the deep waters offshore and emptying its hold of material from home.
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NORTH AFRICA: Rain and electrical storms
limited both ground and
air action in Northern Tunisia. Despite the storms,
Allied bombers were able to maintain almost constant
attacks against Axis supply ports at Tunis, Bizerte, Sousse
and Sfax as well as strafing and bombing enemy inshore
supply points and tank depots.
In land action, significant because it showed the strength
of the Axis in the area, Allied troops withdrew from a
hill six miles northeast of Medjes El Bab on the road to
Tunis after inflicting severe casualties on the enemy.
Lively skirmishing was reported almost continuously
along the roads leading towards Axis-held ports on the
In a summary of air action since the beginning of the
North African campaign, the War Department announced
Allied air and ground forces destroyed 227 enemy planes
against a loss of 114 Allied ships. 59 were American.
who swung to the side of the Allies after the invasion Nov.
8, was assassinated by a young Frenchman Christmas eve who had escaped from Nazi prison camps and aided the f g |YH * Minor skirmishes between rear guard
and the assassin was later executed after court martial by Allies' North African campaign. L elements of Rommel's Afrika Korps and
French authorities. Darlan's influence was credited with saving thousands """-y advance units of the British Eighth Army were reChosen
to succeed Darlan as High Commissioner for of lives when he swung French West Africa and the port ported 15 miles east of Buerat El Hsun on the southwestFrench
Africa was General Henri Giraud, French war hero of Dakar to the Allied cause. ern shore of the Gulf of Sirte.
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