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16 Oct 1942
  • Denver was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Denver | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Leonardo da Vinci sighted another submarine in the Atlantic Ocean at 2030 hours and lost contact with her at 2055 hours. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted a large seaplane in the Atlantic Ocean at 0812 hours; she submerged to avoid detection. At 1022 hours, another aircraft was sighted, and she submerged again. At 1512 hours, she sighted a German Junker 88; because her recognition signals had expired, she submerged to avoid a friendly fire incident. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Japanese cruisers bombarded Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. During the day, US Marine Aircraft Group 14 under Lieutenant Colonel Albert Cooley relieved Marine Aircraft Group 23 as the unit in charge of maintaining Henderson Field. ww2dbase [Henderson Field | Guadalcanal Campaign | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Minegumo at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
  • Sun Du was named the deputy commanding officer of the 1st Army. ww2dbase [Sun Du | CPC]
Hawaii Pacific Ocean
  • USS Nicholas made a depth charge attack on a persistent sound contact with no observable results. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
  • USS Nashville, USS St. Louis, USS Bailey, USS Long, and USS Bancroft sailed around the western end of the Japanese-held Attu Island at the western end of the Aleutian Island chain and shifted from their patrol area north of the Aleutians to a patrol area south of the Aleutians. ww2dbase [Bailey | St. Louis | Nashville | DS]
  • The entire staff of the Soviet 339th Infantry Regiment was wiped out by German air attacks at Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | Stalingrad | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1942
USS Runner off Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 16 Oct 1942Light cruiser USS Atlanta coming alongside heavy cruiser USS San Francisco for refueling, 16 Oct 1942. Note Atlanta

16 Oct 1942 Interactive Map

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