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24 Sep 1942
  • The planned submarine Senorita was renamed Trepang. ww2dbase [Trepang | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler sacked General Franz Halder as Chief of Staff, replacing him with General Kurt Zeitzler. ww2dbase [Kurt Zeitzler | TH]
  • The planned submarine Blanquillo was renamed Caiman. ww2dbase [Caiman | CPC]
  • The plan for future submarine Bocaccio was renamed submarine Charr. ww2dbase [Charr | CPC]
  • Japanese troops landed on Maiana, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USAAF B-17 bombers damaged Japanese seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru off Shortlands Island, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Somali (Lieutenant Commander C. D. Maud) broke apart and sank while under tow by HMS Ashanti 185 miles north of Iceland; 77 were killed, 35 survived. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | AC, CPC]
  • The planned submarine Bonaci was renamed Chub. ww2dbase [Chub | CPC]
  • German submarine U-432 sank US ship Penmar 400 miles east of southern Greenland at 0144 hours; 2 were killed, 59 survived. In the same general area, U-617 sank Belgium ship Roumanie at 0158 hours; 42 were killed, 1 survived. At 0924 hours, U-175 sank US ship West Chetac 100 miles north of Georgetown, British Guyana; 31 were killed, 19 survived. At 1825 hours, U-512 sank US merchant ship Antinous (under two by British rescue tug HMS Zwatre Zee) also north of British Guyana. At 1910 hours, U-619 sank US ship John Winthrop 450 miles southeast of Greenland; all 52 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • Greek submarine Nereus sank Italian freighter Fiume 7 miles southwest of Rhodes, Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-561 sank Egyptian sailing vessel Sphinx with the deck gun miles southwest of Tiros, Syria-Lebanon at 2335 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Australian destroyer HMAS Nizam sank a Vichy French merchant ship southwest of Madagascar. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Nicholas departed Nouméa, New Caledonia escorting an oiler bound for Efate, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • Dauntless dive bombers of US Marine Corps VMSB-231 squadron and US Navy VS-3 squadron from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands attacked Japanese destroyers Umikaze and Kawakaze in the western Solomon Islands; they heavily damaged Umikaze (8 were killed) and forced the convoy to turn back. On the same day, US Army B-17 bombers attacked the Japanese Navy base on Shortland island, damaging seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • The northern crew and the southern crew of the Alaska-Canadian Highway met at the British Columbia-Yukon border in Canada and began to connect the two portions. ww2dbase [TH]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-165 sank US freighter Losmar 220 miles west of the southern tip of India; 3 were killed, 14 survived. ww2dbase [Raids into the Indian Ocean | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-44 arrived at her patrol area off New Georgia. ww2dbase [S-44 | Solomon Sea | CPC]
Portuguese Timor
  • A Japanese fighter detected Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager in Betano Bay, East Timor at 1330 hours, which ran aground on the previous day. At 1600 hours, a wave of Japanese bombers attacked, heavily damaging the ship. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | Betano Bay | CPC]
Russia United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Hastings, England, United Kingdom; 19 were killed, 17 were seriously injured. Seaford in southeastern England was also attacked. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
United States
  • Leslie Groves purchased 210 square kilometers (52,000 acres) of land in Tennessee, United States. Also known as Site X, it would soon become the Oak Ridge site of the Manhattan Project. ww2dbase [Clinton Engineer Works | Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | Oak Ridge, Tennessee | CPC]
  • The United States Marine Corps established the Marine Corps Air Station Mojave in California, United States under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Holmsberg. ww2dbase [Mojave, California | CPC]
  • The keel of LST-412 was laid down by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ww2dbase [LST-412 | Baltimore, Maryland | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1942
Roosevelt touring Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Sep 1942, with Japanese midget submarine Ha-19 in backgroundType A Ko-hyoteki class Ha-19 midget submarine captured in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor attack seen at Mare Island Navy Yard in California, United States at the beginning of its cross-country war bonds tour, 24 Sep 1942

24 Sep 1942 Interactive Map

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