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4 Jul 1940

Algeria
8 Nov 1942

Algeria
  • Two former US Coast Guard cutters renamed HMS Walney (Captain F. T. Peters R.N.) and HMS Hartland (Commander Godfrey P. Billot) each carrying 200 American infantry entered Oran, Algeria with the intention of denying the harbour facilities to the Vichy French. Both vessels came under intense crossfire from French warships and were sunk with heavy losses. The survivors were taken prisoner. Captain Peters miraculously survived but was killed in a plane accident two days later. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross and the American Distinguished Service Cross. Commander Godfrey P. Billot of Hartland won a Distinguished Service Order. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | Oran | AC]
26 Jan 1943

Algeria
  • USS Ancon arrived at Oran, French Algeria. ww2dbase [Ancon | Oran | CPC]
31 Jan 1943

Algeria
  • USS Ancon departed Oran, French Algeria. ww2dbase [Ancon | Oran | CPC]
22 Jun 1943

Algeria
  • USS Ancon arrived at Oran, French Algeria. ww2dbase [Ancon | Oran | CPC]
3 Jul 1943

Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1943
Navy Operations Room aboard USS Ancon while at Oran, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1943Status board in the Joint Operations Room aboard USS Ancon while at Oran, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1943Joint Operations Room aboard USS Ancon while at Oran, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1943
5 Jul 1943

Algeria Photo(s) dated 5 Jul 1943
Troop transport USS Susan B. Anthony (converted luxury liner) in Mers-el-Kebir, Oran, Algeria preparing for the invasion of Sicily, 5 Jul 1943. Note LCVP landing craft hanging from her davits and stowed on her foredeck.
18 Jul 1943

Photo(s) dated 18 Jul 1943
Lieutenant General Mark Clark and Navy Rear Admiral Alan Kirk aboard command ship USS Ancon during the Sicily operations, Mers-el-Kebir, Oran, Algeria, 18 Jul 1943.
2 Dec 1944

Photo(s) dated 2 Dec 1944
K-class airship with Blimp Squadron ZP-14 on a stop-over in Oran, Algeria, 2 Dec 1944.

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




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