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29 Sep 1942
  • HMS Activity was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Activity | CPC]
  • Three British Royal Air Force Squadrons (Nos. 71, 121 and 133) were transferred to the United States Army and redesignated as the 334, 335 and 336th Fighter Squadrons. These units had previously been established under British commanding officers with American pilots who, prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, were among the 9,000 Americans who had crossed the border into Canada to volunteer to join the Royal Canadian Air Force at the start of the war in Europe. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Bailey departed Kodiak bound for the Bering Sea via the Unimak Pass in the Aleutians. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alpino Bagnolini, detected by a destroyer on the previous date, was subjected to a depth charge attack in the Atlantic Ocean at 0007 hours, sustaining no damage. At 0110 hours, she surfaced, and sighted the destroyer at the range of 800 meters and that the freighter she was escorting was fully illuminated. Faced with being detected by the destroyer at a close range and confused whether the freighter was of a neutral nation, commanding officer Ferdinando Corsi chose to abandon the pursuit, submerge, and escape the area. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing escort carrier Taiyo at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Czechoslovakia Greece
  • Max Merten was informed that, as of 1 Oct 1942, he would be the head of the Administrative and Economic Department of the German occupation administration in Thessaloniki, Greece. ww2dbase [Max Merten | Thessaloniki | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A lone German bomber attacked the rural town of Petworth in Sussex County, England, United Kingdom in the morning, destroying a boys' school; 23 were killed (20 of whom were children), 30 were seriously injured (24 of whom were children). Somerton, Somerset County; Shrewton, Wiltshire County; and Betteshanger Collthbourne, Kent County were also attacked. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 29 Sep 1942
King George VI inspecting the headquarters of Combined Operations in Britain, 29 Sep 1942; note Louis Mountbatten and MountbattenGeneral Bernard Paget in a Crusader tank of British 42nd Armoured Division during an exercise near Malton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, 29 Sep 1942; note Covenanter tank in backgroundSponsor of Liberty-ship Booker T Washington, celebrated operatic contralto Marian Anderson at the launching ceremonies at CalShip, Los Angeles, California, United States, 29 Sep 1942. Photo 1 of 2.Sponsor of Liberty-ship Booker T Washington, celebrated operatic contralto Marian Anderson at the launching ceremonies at CalShip, Los Angeles, California, United States, 29 Sep 1942. Photo 2 of 2.
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