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Middle East Air Force

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), and Air Section of US Military North African Mission. Also activated is ASC, USAMEAF, under Gen Adler.

B-24’s of HALPRO bomb harbor and shipping at Tobruk.


After being brought under the command of USAMEAF (Middle East Air Forces) HALPRO B-24s attack shipping at Tobruk.

Mission details

1. Tobruk Harbour


HALPRO B-24s bomb harbor and shipping at Tobruk.

Aircraft type

B-24 Liberator


Not yet known


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Date Contributor Update
24 September 2019 15:48:41 Emily Created entry with name, date, official description and description

Air Force Combat Chronology

The Army Air Forces in World War II, Volume 2. Europe: Torch to Pointblank August 1942- December 1943, page 16