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  • Date: 25 March 1942
  • Official Description: Major Cecil P Lessig becomes first Eighth Air Force pilot to fly a mission over France during the Second World War. Flying a Spitfire with RAF 64 Squadron, Lessig participates in a 36-aircraft Fighter sweep that is recalled when 50 Fighters challenge...
  • Date: 12 June 1942
  • Official Description: 13 B-24’s of detachment under command of Col Harry A Halverson en route from US to China take off during 11Jun from Fayid to bomb oilfields at Ploesti. Only 12 attack at dawn. 4 of the 13 land at base in Iraq which was designated for recovery of the...
  • Date: 15 June 1942
  • Official Description: 7 B-24’s, along with 2 RAF B-24’s and RAF torpedo-carrying Beauforts, attack Italian fleet E of Malta. The B-24’s bomb and damage a battleship and a cruiser, while the Beauforts sink a cruiser.
  • Date: 21 June 1942
  • Official Description: 9 B-24’s bomb Bengasi harbor after RAF Wellingtons light the target with flares and incendiaries
  • Date: 26 June 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s fly a diversion for RAF Albacore attack on 2 merchant vessels at Tobruk.
  • Date: 27 June 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s bomb harbor at Tobruk during 26/27 Jun in effort to disrupt movement of supplies.
  • Date: 28 June 1942
  • Official Description: Gen Brereton arrives at Cairo where USAFIME issues orders placing him in cmd of USAMEAF, which is activated immediately. USAMEAF is comprised of Halverson Det (HALPRO), Brereton’ det (9th Bomb Sq and other personnel which Brereton brought from India)...
  • Date: 29 June 1942
  • Official Description: Captain Charles C Kegelman, flying on a mission with 12 RAF Bostons against Hazebrouck marshaling yard, France, becomes the first member of the 8th Air Force drop bombs on enemy-occupied Europe. The first pilot fatality of the 8th Air Force in the...
  • Date: 30 June 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s bomb Tobruk harbor during 29/30 Jun; first US combat casualties in ME are recorded as 1 B24 is lost. Gen Brereton moves his det from Egypt to Palestine, as Rommel advances toward the Suez Canal.
  • Date: 2 July 1942
  • Official Description: B-17’s and B-24’s bomb Tobruk harbor during 2/3 Jul
  • Date: 3 July 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s attack Tobruk harbor during daylight hrs and B-17’s bomb supplies at Tobruk during 3/4 Jul.
A bomber crew of the 301st Bomb Group with their A-20 Havoc after being awarded medals. 

Image stamped on reverse: 'New York Times Photograph.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 12 July 1942.', 'USA(NIR)CCC.'[written annotation] and '209852.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'After receiving awards for U.S. Independence Day raid on Holland New York Times Photo shows: Major Charles C Kegelman (second from right) with his bomber crew after he had received the American D.S.C. for part he took in th
  • Date: 4 July 1942
  • Official Description: First AAF air operation over Western Europe. 15th Bomb Squadron, flying 6 American-built Bostons belonging to RAF, join RAF low-level attack on 4 airfields in the Netherlands. Aircraft flown by Captain Charles C Kegelman, Squadron CO, is severely...
  • Date: 4 July 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s attack convoy in Mediterranean during 4/5 Jul, setting 1 tanker aflame.
  • Date: 5 July 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s bomb harbor and ships at Bengasi during 4/5 Jul.
  • Date: 8 July 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s bomb harbor and shipping at Bengasi during 8/9 Jul, while B-17’s hit harbor at Tobruk.
  • Date: 9 July 1942
  • Official Description: 6 B-24’s dispatched against shipping are attacked by fighters; 1 B-24 is lost and the others return to base without bombing targets.
  • Date: 11 July 1942
  • Official Description: B-24’s attack harbor and shipping at Bengasi during 11/12 Jul.
  • Date: 12 July 1942
  • Official Description: 6 Bostons flown by US crews attack Abbeville/Drucat A/F.