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23 Oct 1942
  • Tirpitz departed Bogen near Narvik, Norway for refitting at Fættenfjord/Lofjord near Trondheim. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • Operation Lightfoot was launched by the British in Egypt, attempting to penetrate the extensive Axis minefield with a major offensive. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • Allied convoy UCF 1, containing troops and equipment for the invasion of French North Africa, departed Chesapeake Bay, United States. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • Amidst heavy mortar and artillery barrages, Japanese tanks attempted to cross the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; while some successfully crossed, all were eventually driven back by US Marines. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • German submarine U-333 arrived at La Pallice, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 7 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers launched from Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0145 hours, followed by another 7 shortly after. As they reached Rabaul, New Britain, ,most of them conducted conventional bombing against Simpson Harbor while 3 of them skip-bombed; the skip-bombing damaged 2 submarine chasers. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Germany Italy Japan
  • Kamikaze departed Hokkaido, Japan for operations in the Attu, Aleutian Islands area. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Hokkaido | CPC]
New Caledonia
  • USS Enterprise and USS South Dakota arrived at NoumĂ©a, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Enterprise | NoumĂ©a | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in London, England, United Kingdom for a three-week visit as guest of King George VI. ww2dbase [Eleanor Roosevelt | London, England | CPC]
United States US Pacific Islands
  • USS Pollack arrived at Midway Atoll, refueled, and departed for her fourth war patrol in the Truk, Caroline Islands area. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Pollack | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Oct 1942
King George VI, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Queen Elizabeth, in London, England, United Kingdom, 23 Oct 1942

23 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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