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1 Sep 1942
  • USS Tunny was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Elton Watters Grenfell in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF B-17 bombers damaged Japanese flying boat support ship Akitsushima. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Having taken over responsibility for building the Wildcat fighter from Grumman's Bethpage factory (which was now going over to building the F6F-3 Hellcat for the US Navy), the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors completed and flew its first FM-1 Wildcat fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • German submarine U-759 was spotted near Allied Convoy SC-97 500 miles east of the southern tip of Greeland in the North Atlantic; U-759 avoided the ramming attempt by Canadian corvette HMCS Morden but would succumb to depth charging by Morden; all 43 aboard were killed in U-759's sinking. 50 miles to the east, U-91 was damaged by a Catalina PBY aircraft of US Navy VP-73 squadron. 15 miles east of Cape Coast, Gold Coast, British West Africa, U-125 sank British ship Ilorin at 2206 hours; 33 were killed, 4 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Me 410 fighter took flight for the first time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jef François was made the commander of Algemeene-SS Vlaanderen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Captured coast watchers Alan Kyle and Gregory Benham were executed by the Japanese on Mago Island near New Ireland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 130 troops of the Japanese 5th Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Forces departed Rabaul, New Britain for Milne Bay, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Australian troops attacked from the KB Mission on the coast of Milne Bay in Australian Papua, pushing Japanese troops back toward Waga Waga. Further inland, Japanese 41st Regiment clashed with Australian 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions at Eora along the Kokoda Track, penetrating the Australian lines after sundown. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US 6th Naval Construction Battalion arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands aboard USS Betelgeuse; the unit was tasked to improve and expand Henderson Field. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-17 bombers damaged Japanese flying boat support ship Akitsushima and destroyer Akikaze off Buka Island in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Egypt
  • Before dawn, British Wellington bombers attacked German supply lines between Benghazi and Tobruk, Libya. The negative impact of such attacks was felt during the day, as only some of the Axis tanks was able to attack Allied lines at Alam el Halfa, Egypt due to inadequate fuel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • 231 British bombers launched to attack Saarbrücken, Germany but instead hit Saarlouis 13 miles to the northwest by mistake, killing 52 civilians; 4 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Martin Gottfried Weiss was made the commandant of Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Facility | CPC]
Japan Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille flew three sorties and shot down a total of 17 enemy aircraft (two Hurricane and two Spitfire fighters between 0826 and 0839 hours while escorting Stuka dive bombers to El Taqua in Libya, seven P-40 fighters between 1055 and 1103 hours near Alam Halfa, and five Hurricane fighters between 1747 and 1753 hours while escorting bombers toward El Imayid). His score at the end of the day stood at 121. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Malaya
  • Japanese attacked a top level Malayan communist meeting at the Batu Caves north of Kuala Lumpur, killing most of the 100 meeting attendees. ww2dbase [CPC]
Russia
  • German 1.Panzerarmee established a bridgehead across the Terek River near Mozdok in southern Russia. Soviet troops launched the Mozdok-Malgobek Defensive Operation in response. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German aircraft sank Soviet torpedo boat Purga on Lake Ladoga near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet General Andrey Yeremenko pulled Soviet 62nd Army and 64th Army back near Stalingrad, Russia to avoid encirclement. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Lydd in southeastern England, United Kingdom. After sundown and lasting until the next date, Doncaster was attacked. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Sep 1942
Supplies of food being delivered to Leningrad, Russia over Lake Ladoga, 1 Sep 1942Boats arriving at Leningrad, Russia via Lake Ladoga, bringing food and other supplies, 1 Sep 1942Commissioning ceremony of USS Tunny, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1 Sep 1942, photo 2 of 2; note Sunfish alongside, Whale in backgroundThe officers of the newly commissioned USS Tunny, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1 Sep 1942
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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