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2 Sep 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Lorenco Marques, Portuguese East Africa. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • G1 and T1 Patrols of the British Long Range Desert Group departed from Faiyum, Egypt for a raiding mission against the Italian base at Barce, Libya. ww2dbase [Raids in Libya | CPC]
  • The first Hawker Tempest Mk V (HM595) aircraft flew for the first time. One of the fastest fighters of the war, the Tempest entered service in Apr 1944. ww2dbase [Tempest | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Reginaldo Giuliani was damaged by British No. 304 Squadron Wellington aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Reginaldo Giuliani | Bay of Biscay | CPC]
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted a periscope in the Atlantic Ocean at 1008 hours; she turned away to avoid detection. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
  • USS S-41 arrived at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [S-41 | Brisbane, Queensland | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • On the coast of Milne Bay in Australian Papua, Australian troops halted their attack on the Japanese beachhead near Waga Waga. Further inland, Australians 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions fell back from Eora along the Kokoda Track. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | Truk | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese ship off Truk, Caroline Islands; both torpedoes fired hit the target, but none detonated. She was damaged during the counterattack. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • German training submarine U-222 sank in Danzig Bay north of Danzig, Germany after colliding with training submarine U-626; 42 were killed, 3 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Armored cars of 4/8th Hussars of British 4th Armoured Brigade penetrated Axis lines near Alam el Halfa, Egypt, destroying 57 German supply trucks near Himeimat. Erwin Rommel decided that he would withdraw since he could not gain initiative in battle. ww2dbase [Battle of Alam el Halfa | Alam el Halfa | TH, CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down a Hurricane fighter (Pilot Officer G. R. Dibbs) and two P-40 fighters (US 1st Lieutenant M. McMarrel serving in South African Air Force and British Lieutenant Stuart) in his morning sortie between 0916 and 0924 hours over El Alamein, Egypt. In the afternoon sortie, he shot down two more P-40 fighters (Lieutenant E. H. D. Carman and Lieutenant J. Lindbergh) over El Imayid, Egypt. At the end of the day his score stood at 126. Also on this date, his superiors nominated him for Diamonds to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | El Alamein | CPC]
  • Alpino Bagnolini departed Bordeaux, France at 1120 hours and arrived at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Aquitaine, France at 1900 hours. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | Bordeaux, Aquitaine | CPC]
Germany Indian Ocean Japan
  • USS Guardfish sank Japanese freighter Teikyu Maru 13 miles off of Hokkaido, Japan at 0844 hours. ww2dbase [Guardfish | Hokkaido | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Paramushiro (Paramushir), Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Paramushiro, Hokkaido | CPC]
Mariana Islands
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Saipan, Mariana Islands to escort carrier Unyo to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | Saipan | CPC]
  • German 46th Infantry Division crossed Strait of Kerch and landed on the Taman Peninsula in southern Russia via 24 landing barges and other small boats. Meanwhile, German 17th Army moved toward Novorossiysk. As the Soviets evacuated from nearby ports, Italian and German surface vessels intercepted some of the convoys, sinking Soviet gunboats Oktybar and Rostov-Don. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | Krasnodar Krai | CPC]
  • Flagship of Soviet Northern Sea Route Dezhnev, disabled by Admiral Scheer at Dikson, Russia six days prior, was repaired and put back into service. ww2dbase [Dikson, Krasnoyarsk Krai | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Teignmouth, England, United Kingdom. In London, England, the British War Cabinet received the Home Security Situation Report for the week, which noted that in the week ending at 0600 hours on 2 Sep 1942, 92 British civilians were killed by German bombing while a further 91 were seriously wounded. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-18 departed Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom; it was supported by two tankers and one rescue ship and was escorted by two anti-aircraft vessels, three destroyers, four corvettes, and four trawlers. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Loch Ewe, Scotland | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Sep 1942
Soviet troops fighting in the ruins of Stalingrad, Russia, 2 Sep 1942Upward bulge in the flight deck of USS Enterprise as the result of a bomb exploding below decks. The damage occurred in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons on 24 Aug 1942 but the photo was taken 2 Sep 1942 at Tongatabu, Tonga Islands. Note the cruiser USS San Juan.

2 Sep 1942 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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