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3 Sep 1942
  • Armed resistance was met during the German liquidation of Lahava ghetto, western Byelorussia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An attempt by Soviet forces in Leningrad, Russia to break out of the encirclement to meet relief forces failed. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British destroyers HMS Vimy, HMS Pathfinder, and HMS Quentin sank German submarine U-162 northeast of Trinidad with depth charges, killing 2 in the process. 49 survivors were captured and sent to the United States as prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps Brigadier General Roy Geiger arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands along with the command echelon of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • After a 30-hour pursuit, German submarine U-109 sank British ship Ocean Might 200 miles south of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, French West Africa at 0050 hours; 4 were killed, 50 survived. At 0557 hours, U-107 attacked a group of British ships 5 miles off the coast of Portugal, sinking Penrose (2 were killed, 42 survived) and Hollinside (3 were killed, 48 survived). German submarine U-517 sank Canadian ship Donald Stewart in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Canada at 0756 hours; 3 were killed, 17 survived. German submarine U-162 attacked British destroyers HMS Vimy, HMS Pathfinder, and HMS Quentin without success 60 miles southeast of Barbados at 1805 hours; the British destroyers counterattacked with depth charges and ramming (by HMS Vimy); 2 of the 51 aboard were killed in U-162's sinking and the remainder were captured. Also on this day, British Whitley aircraft attacked U-660 and U-705 in the Bay of Biscay 400 west of Saint-Nazaire, France; U-705 was sunk with all 45 aboard killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Coast Guard troop transport Wakefield suffered an accidental fire 350 miles east of Boston, Massachusetts, United States at 1830 hours; as she was abandoned, cruiser USS Brooklyn, destroyer USS Mayo, and destroyer USS Madison took off all 1,590 aboard. Wakefield would later be towed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to be rebuilt. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australia
  • The US 5th Air Force was activated at Brisbane, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Australian 2/9th Battalion attacked Japanese positions on the Milne Bay coast in Australian Papua while Australian 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions fell back to Myola Ridge on the Kokoda Trail. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Flying Fish sank a Japanese patrol craft off Truk, Caroline Islands, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Egypt
  • Allied forces counterattacked in Egypt partially successfully, suffering heavy casualties in the process. Bernard Montgomery decided to call off the counterattack at 2230 hours, thus allowing Axis forces to withdraw. During the night, a group of British Valentine tanks became lost in a minefield; 12 of them were destroyed by mines while trying to get out. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down three fighters (British Sergeant M. Powers, Flight Lieutenant Canham, and Pilot Officer Bicksler) in his morning sortie between 0720 and 0728 hours over Egypt. In the afternoon sortie, he shot down two P-40 fighters (British Warrant Officer Stan Bernier and South African Lieutenant Ryneke) and a Spitfire fighter between 1508 and 1542 hours. At the end of the day, his score stood at 132. In Germany, Adolf Hitler reviewed and approved the nomination for Marseille to receive Diamonds to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal; Hitler decided to personally award Marseille with this decoration before the end of the year. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • German submarine U-375 attacked a Palestinian convoy 5 miles north of Tartus, Syria-Lebanon at 1342 hours, sinking all three boats, sinking sailing vessel Miriam, sailing vessel Salina, an unidentified sailing vessel, and merchant ship Arnon. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • Roscoe Hillenkoetter was made the first permanent chief of the Intelligence Center of the Pacific Ocean Areas in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, replacing temporary chief Joseph Rochefort. The ICPOA was a part of the US Navy Pacific Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo arrived at her patrol area west of Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The German 6.Armee and 4.Panzerarmee finally linked up near Stalingrad in southern Russia, but were rebuffed in their attempts to enter the city. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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