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1 Nov 1942
  • Aboard Yamato, a festive dinner was held for all captains stationed at Truk to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Santa Cruz. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
  • Yugure's commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Kiyoshi Kamo was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [Yugure | CPC]
  • Kittyhawk fighters of No. 112 Squadron RAF spotted 30 German Stuka dive bombers with Bf 109 fighters in escort in North Africa. In the ensuing engagement, 7 Stuka aircraft were shot down by surprise before Bf 109 fighters would react; only 1 Kittyhawk fighter was lost in this attack. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US 8th Pursuit Squadron saw its first combat mission over New Guinea island, shooting down two Japanese Zero fighters while losing one P-40 fighter. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese Navy air units received new numbered designations; for example, the Tainan Air Group was renamed Air Group 251. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Captain Yoshio Kamei was named the commanding officer of submarine tender Taigei. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
  • After sundown, men of the 2nd Battalion of US 7th Marine Regiment advanced east across the base of Koli Point to the Metapona River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands to investigate reported Japanese activity. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Rommel began to devise a plan to withdraw his forces at El Alamein, Egypt westward to Fuka, but he would not activate the plan yet. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Hiroaki Abe | CPC]
  • German III.Panzer Korps captured Alagir on the Terek River in the Caucasus in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu arrived at Shortland Island, Solomon Islands. Later in the day, reassigned to a supply unit, she embarked food, ammunition, and troops of Japanese 38th Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Shortland Island | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for cruiser Chikuma at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Greenland Hawaii Iceland
  • US freighter Hugh Williamson and British freighter Empire Sky departed Hvalfjörður, Iceland in Operation FB. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Hvalfjörður | CPC]
India Japan
  • Kamikaze arrived at Kataoka Bay, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan to patrol nearby waters. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | Kataoka, Hokkaido | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired two torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Sea; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Grayback | Solomon Sea | CPC]
Philippines Poland United Kingdom
  • Prototype of the Welkin fighter took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [Welkin | AC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Nov 1942
Soviet troops making their way through the ruins of Stalingrad, Russia, 1 Nov 1942A volunteer unit made up of Kirov Factory workers marching in Leningrad, Russia, 1 Nov 1942

1 Nov 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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