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12 Oct 1942

Atlantic Ocean
  • Leonardo da Vinci sighted an aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 1335 hours and submerged for cover. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
Australia Belgium
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides arrived in her patrol area off southern Japan in the shipping lanes to and from the Japanese forward base at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Silversides | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories China
  • While in China, Milton Miles received a cable from Washington DC, United States informing him of his assignment to the OSS. The cable contained very little detail on what this assignment entailed. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | CPC]
Hawaii Poland United Kingdom
  • Winston Churchill was presented at Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom with the Freedom of the City. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | Edinburgh, Scotland | AC]
  • The Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Policy) distributed a memorandum formally announcing the British Cabinet's decision to conduct unrestricted air warfare against Germany, Italy and Japan. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Oct 1942
Frank Forde, Douglas MacArthur, Thomas Blamey, George Kenney, Cyril Clowes, and Kenneth Walker at Seven Mile Drome, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 12 Oct 1942

12 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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