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24 Oct 1942
  • USS S-31 departed from waters off Paramushiro Island, Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Snook was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander C. O. Triebel in command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Norwegian police were ordered to arrest Jews over the age of 15 and seize their property; the arrests were to be carried out beginning 26 Oct 1942. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Egypt outside of El Alamein, British aircraft dropped 122 tons of bombs on Axis airfields and tank concentrations as Allied troops continued to engage in heavy combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Zhou Zhikai, flying a P-43A Lancer fighter, shot down a Japanese Ki-46-III aircraft over Sibao, Yang County, Jiangxi Province, China. This was the first Chinese victory in a P-43 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The husband of Violette Szabo, Étienne Szabo, died from wound sustained in combat at Qaret el Himeimat, Egypt during the Second Battle of El Alamein. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Georg Stumme, temporarily in command of Panzer Army Afrika in Erwin Rommel's absence, died from a heart attack after falling from his car while conducting a reconnaissance of British positions at El Alamein, Egypt. His body would not be found until the next day. General Wilhelm von Thoma, commanding the Afrika Korps, took over pending Rommel's return. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Portland was struck with three Japanese torpedoes that did not detonate during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
Photo(s) dated 24 Oct 1942
Crusader tanks moving toward the front lines during the Second Battle of El Alamein, 24 Oct 1942Australian soldiers running toward the front lines during re-enactment of the Battle of El Alamein, 24 Oct 1942USS Sunfish off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Oct 1942Troops of the Chinese Expeditionary Force on parade in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, Delhi, India, 24 Oct 1942
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24 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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