22 August 1942
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.
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.
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.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 22 August 1942, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1942_08_22.html