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7 Sep 1942
  • Franklin Roosevelt asked the United States Congress for the power to control prices of various goods in the civilian market, adding that, if not given the authority by the lawmakers by 1 Oct 1942, he would do so anyway. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • 494 internees of the Portland Assembly Center in Oregon, United States departed for the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho, United States. ww2dbase [Portland Assembly Center | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-517 attacked Allied convoy QS-33 at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, Canada at 2300 hours, sinking Greek ship Mount Pindus (2 were killed, 35 survived), Greek ship Mount Taygetus (2 were killed, 26 survived), and Canadian collier Oakton (3 were killed, 17 survived). 40 miles south of Iceland, U-617 sank Faroese trawler Tor II; 18 were killed, 3 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Troops of 3rd Battalion of Japanese 144th Regiment, supported by 6 mountain guns, attacked Australian positions at Efogi along the Kokoda Track in Australian Papua, causing heavy casualties among the Australian 2/27th Battalion; after sundown, 2nd Battalion of the same regiment infiltrated into the jungle in an attempt to flank the Australians. Under the cover of darkness, a Japanese cruiser and a destroyer bombarded Australian positions at Gili Gili on the coast of Milne Bay. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Chongqing, China; later on the same day he met with Song Meiling. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | Chongqing | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down two P-40 fighters over El Alamein, Egypt. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | El Alamein | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe ace Hans-Arnold "Fifi" Stahlschmidt, a close friend of Hans-Joachim Marseille was reported as missing in action after being bounced by a formation of Spitfire fighters south-east of El Alamein, Egypt. At the time of his loss he had recorded 59 kills and earned the Knight's Cross. ww2dbase [AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Growler sank Japanese freighter Kashino Taika Maru 25 miles north of Keelung, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Growler | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone Russia Taiwan
  • The Takao Prisoners of War Camp near Takao (now Kaohsiung), Taiwan was opened. ww2dbase [Takao | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The USAAF 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) began landing their B-17 Fortress bombers at RAF Thurleigh as their new base in Britain. ww2dbase [RAF Thurleigh | Thurleigh, England | DS]
United States

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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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