22 August 1942


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War at Sea

German submarine U-654 sunk with all hands in the Caribbean


Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy

War in the Air

Night of 22-23 August: No.157 Squadron (RAF), the first operational Mosquito night fighter squadron, scores its first confirmed victory.

Far East

A detachment of Bell P-39s Airacobras of the 67th “Fighting Cocks” Fighter Squadron, under the command of Captain Dale Brannon, move onto Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, to aid with the defence of the American position on the island.

Related Books

 Mosquito Fighter/ Fighter-Bomber Units of World War 2, Martin Bowman. The second of three books looking the RAF career of the Mosquito covers its use as a night fighter, first on the defensive in the skies over Britain, and then as an intruder over Occupied Europe and Germany, and finishing with a look at the "Mosquito Panic" [see more]
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Bell P-39 Airacobra, Robert F. Dorr with Jerry C. Scutts (Crowood Aviation). A detailed looked at the development and service history of this controversial American fighter aircraft. The P-39 had a poor reputation amongst British and American pilots, and Dorr examines the reasons why, as well as looking at why the same aircraft was so much more popular in Soviet Service. Scutts provides a chapter on the P-63 Kingcobra, and the book also covers the numerous Bell fighter projects that failed to enter production.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 22 August 1942, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1942_08_22.html

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