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14 Oct 1942
  • USS Skipjack sank Japanese ship Shunko Maru south of the Palau Islands, hitting her with both torpedoes fired. She fired an additional torpedo at another Japanese ship; the torpedo missed the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-530 was commissioned into service under the command of Kapitšnleutnant Kurt Lange and was assigned to the 4. Unterseebootflottille (4th Submarine Flotilla). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Finback attacked a Japanese convoy of four transports and a patrol vessel east of Taiwan, damaging one transport with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Before dawn, six Japanese destroyers landed 1,000 troops on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek agreed to fully commit to a campaign in Burma if the United Kingdom did the same and that the Allies had naval and air superiority in the Bay of Bengal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • British Lieutenant Commander William Stephens and three pals escaped the notorious Colditz Castle in Saxony, Germany, prompted by signals from an orchestra conducted by legless RAF ace Douglas Bader, and with fake identifications fled Germany by trains and on foot. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Canadian Flying Officer Hank Wardle and British officers Major Ronnie Littledale, Captain Pat Reid, and Lieutenant-Commander Billie Stephens escaped from Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany. All four would make it to Switzerland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The German assault on the Stalingrad Tractor Factory in Stalingrad, Russia was aided by more than 2,000 sorties by aircraft of Luftflotte 4. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH, CPC]
  • The German offensive in the Caucasus region of southern Russia was suspended with the exception of 17th Army's attacks near Tuapse on the coast of the Black Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviet GKO ordered all males between the ages of 15 and 55 living in the Soviet Union who were ethnic Romanians, Hungarians, and Italians to be rounded up and employed as slave laborers. Ethnic Germans in Soviet territory had already been subjected to this persecution. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Oct 1942
USS Marblehead off New York, New York, United States, 14 Oct 1942, photo 1 of 2

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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