Today in World War II History

US Air Transport Command patch
70 Years Ago—Dec. 1, 1942: Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker assumes command of US Eighth Air Force, based in England. Australians capture Gona, New Guinea. Control of “Hump” flights (India to China over the Himalayas) passes from US Tenth Air Force to US Air Transport Command. In the United States, gas rationing goes into effect nationwide. (See blog article: Gasoline Rationing in World War II).