Eastern Europe – Poltava raid: Luftwaffe stages surprise night raid (60 planes) on 8th AF ‘shuttle bombing’ base in Ukraine. 44 B-17 Fortress destroyed; 26 men killed; 2,045,745 liters fuel burned. Shuttle raids subsequently abandoned.
Finland: Ribbentrop flies to Helsinki and brow-beats Finnish ministers into making public announcement that Finland will continue to support Germany (and not make a separate peace), in return for despatch of German troop reinforcements and arms.
USA: GI ‘Bill of Rights’ promising generous benefits for returning US Servicemen, signed by Roosevelt.
Burma: Japanese siege off Imphal lifted.
|British and Indian||16,700 + 5,100 Chindits||130 RAF, 40 USAAF|
|Japanese||30,520 dead, 23,003 wounded + 120 tanks, c. 90 guns, 17,000 horses||c. 100|