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1 Oct 1942
  • The British Royal Corp of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was established. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Waller was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Waller | CPC]
  • USS Scorpion was commissioned into service, Lieutenant Commander William Wylie in command. ww2dbase [Scorpion | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-WeiƟenfeld was named the commanding officer of the 1st Group of the Nachtjagdgeschwader 3 wing. ww2dbase [Egmont | CPC]
  • ShCh-320 departed on her final war patrol and never returned, possibly having struck a naval mine in the Gulf of Finland. ww2dbase [ShCh-320 | CPC]
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the temporary rank of major general. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
  • Pedro del Valle was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. ww2dbase [Pedro del Valle | CPC]
  • USS Nashville and USS Bailey joined with destroyers USS Dent, USS King and transport ships Branch and Thompson. Together, they steamed westward bound for Adak Island. ww2dbase [Nashville | Bailey | Aleutian Islands | DS]
Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu disembarked her cargo of 56 Type 3 Model 1 naval mines at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS S-38 transferred a sailor suffering from acute apendicitis to a PBY Catalina aircraft at Anuta, Santa Cruz Islands. ww2dbase [S-38 | Anuta, Santa Cruz | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Captain Banjiro Takagi was named the commanding officer of Naka while the ship was at Maizuru, Japan. ww2dbase [Naka | Maizuru, Kyoto | CPC]
  • Captain Mitsuru Nagai was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was buried at the Heroes Cemetery in Derna, Libya. Albert Kesselring and Eduard Neumann each delivered an eulogy. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Derna | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo arrived in waters off Ulul Island, Namonuito Atoll, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
Puerto Rico
  • A USAAF C-39 aircraft took off from Borinquen Field in northwestern Puerto Rico at 0800 hours, landing at Losey Field in southern Puerto Rico at about 0845, picking up additional passengers. It then took off for San Juan, Puerto Rico. En route, weather caused poor visibility, causing aircraft to crash into a mountain in the center of the island northwest of Coamo at between 0915 and 0930 hours. 22 were killed: Captain Francis H. Durant (pilot), Lieutenant James P. Robers (co-pilot), Corporal James M. Conrad (crew), Private Roy A. Alpine (crew), Major Roland Kohr, 1st Lieutenant Lawrence Camp, 1st Lieutenant Donald Bashaw, 2nd Lieutenant George Beach, Captain Jack I. Smith, Captain Raymond C. Stiles, 1st Lieutenant Alexis Voroniesk, 1st Lieutenant Everett F. Johnson, 1st Lieutenant Pascasio Chacon Quinones, Warrant Officer (jg) Allen Brewer, Sergeant Hardy Hocking, Sergeant Thomas F. Burke, Jr., Sergeant Jesse Casarez, Private Irving Hyfer, Boatswains Mate 1st Class John Larimore, Dorothy J. Van Zant, Margarita M. Ortiz, and Marie Tholen. ww2dbase [Losey Field | Coamo | CPC]
United States
  • The United States Marine Corps disbanded the Amphibious Training Staff, Fleet Marine Force in San Diego, California, United States; its personnel were reassigned to the headquarters of the Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet. On the same day, Major General Holland Smith relieved Major General Clayton Vogel as the commanding officer of the Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet with the title of Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego area. Vogel was transferred to the newly established I Marine Amphibious Corps as its commanding officer. ww2dbase [Holland Smith | San Diego, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Oct 1942
USS Scorpion in the Piscataqua River shortly after commissioning, near Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire, United States, 1 Oct 1942Soviet 76mm Divisional Gun M1942 (ZiS-3) being towed by horses, Eastern Europe, 1 Oct 1942Killed German tankers and a wrecked Panzer III tank, Russia, 1 Oct 1942

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