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7 Oct 1942
  • ww2dbase [Copahee | CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt announced his intentions to try the "ringleaders responsible for the organized murder", referring to the Holocaust, as war criminals. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | CPC]
  • Units from US 2nd, 5th, and 7th Marine Regiment crossed the Matanikau River in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands to raid Japanese positions. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was presented the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by General Josef Kammhuber. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania with Swords and Miltiary Band of Virtue of Romania. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands and met with the staff of the Combined Fleet. ww2dbase [Jinichi Kusaka | CPC]
Egypt
  • USAAF 57th Fighter Group, flying P-40 fighters and located at Landing Ground 174 airfield east of El Alamein in Egypt, gained full operational status. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • A group of seven British and Canadian commandos (captured at Glomfjord, Norway) were transferred to Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany. Later, they would all be executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp per Adolf Hitler's Commando Order. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo departed Caroline Islands waters. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
  • USS S-44 reported poor weather in her patrol area. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Oct 1942
Tuscaloosa underway, 7 Oct 1942

7 Oct 1942 Interactive Map

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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