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18 Oct 1942
  • US Navy Vice Admiral William F. Halsey was designated the commander of the South Pacific Area, and was made directly responsible for the campaign in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [William Halsey | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler issued his Kommando Befehl, ordering that any captured Soviet commandos be shot. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | TH]
  • Norwegian commandos parachuted near Telemark, Norway, to conduct reconnaissance. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS Finback damaged a large Japanese freighter east of Taiwan, hitting her with 2 of torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Finback | CPC]
  • US Navy Pacific Fleet's chief communications officer John Redman sent Joseph Wenger a message noting Redman's wish to relieve radio intelligence officer Joseph Rochefort. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alpino Bagnolini sighted an aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 1554 hours; she submerged to avoid detection. At 1715 hours, she sighted four aircraft, heading toward Freetown, Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate; she again submerged. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Germany Japan Madagascar
  • French troops attempted a counter offensive at Andriamanalina, Madagascar, but it was soundly repulsed by British and Commonwealth troops. ww2dbase [Madagascar Campaign | Andriamanalina | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • Kamoi departed Mili, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Kamoi | Mili | CPC]
Norway Russia
  • Submarine S-7 departed Moshchny Island near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [S-7 | Leningrad | CPC]
  • British Captain Pat Reid and Canadian Flying Officer Hank Wardle, having escaped from Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany on 14 Oct 1942, successfully made it to Switzerland. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Oct 1942
Launch of Princeton, 18 Oct 1942

18 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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