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22 Oct 1942
  • The conscription age in Britain was lowered to age 18 by Royal Proclamation. ww2dbase [TH]
  • USS S-31 patrolled the waters off Paramushiro Island, Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [S-31 | CPC]
  • Australian troops from Milne Bay, New Guinea made a night landing at Mud Bay on Goodenough Island. The Japanese garrison would pull out on 26 Oct 1942. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | AC]
  • Frederick Aikman was commissioned an officer in the RAF. ww2dbase [Frederick Aikman | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The USAAF conducted a photo reconnaissance mission over Rabaul, New Britain, revealing a concentration of about 70 ships. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Belgium British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS Nicholas arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands where US Marine ground forces directed a shore bombardment by Nicholas before the ship had to scramble to evade a dive-bombing attack. Nicholas returned to shell a shore-based gun position, firing over 1,200 shells from her main battery throughout the day. Nicholas took aboard 12 wounded Marines for transportation to a Naval Hospital before departing for Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Guadalcanal Campaign | Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands | DS]
  • The seven British and Canadian commandos transferred to Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany earlier in the month were transferred out to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin, Germany, where they would soon face execution. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
  • US Navy Pacific Fleet's chief communications officer John Redman ordered radio intelligence officer Joseph Rochefort to travel to Washington DC, United States for a temporary assignment. Rochefort would quickly note that it was likely to be the first step in his removal from his current command at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Pearl Harbor Navy Base and Ford Island Naval Air Station | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her 7th voyage with the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Nachi departed Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | Mutsu, Aomori | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank a Japanese transport off New Ireland, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
  • The Davao Penal Colony on Mindanao, Philippine Islands took in its first group of American and Filipino prisoners, numbered at about 1,000. ww2dbase [Davao | CPC]
Russia Photo(s) dated 22 Oct 1942
GilmoreGerman Air Force troops securing areas recently overran by Army troops, Stalingrad, Russia, 22 Oct 1942; ntoe MP 40 submachine gun

22 Oct 1942 Interactive Map

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