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8 Nov 1942
  • USS Gunnel used infra-red signals to guide ships to a invasion beach in Operation Torch. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied forces attacked French ports of Casablanca, Oran, and Algeria in North Africa during Operation Torch. The French garrison at Safi, near Casablanca, surrendered to the Americans; meanwhile, Algiers surrendered at 1800 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Axis defenses in Egypt fell back to Sidi Barrani. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 152nd Infantry Regiment departed Nouméa, New Caledonia for Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • William Halsey inspected Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Staying overnight, he personally experienced a Japanese naval bombardment which he later admitted filled him with fright. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 164th Infantry Regiment and the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the US 7th Marine Regiment moved east toward Koli Point on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands in an attempt to envelope the Japanese forces in that area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first combat victory by the new Seafire naval fighter occurred when a New Zealander, Sub-Lieutenant A. S. Long, shot down a Vichy French Martin 167 bomber over Mers-el-Kébir harbour in French Algeria. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • USS S-31 arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu arrived at Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands and disembarked supplies. On her return voyage to Shortland Island, Solomon Islands, she was attacked by US motor torpedo boats PT-37, PT-39, and PT-61, but they failed to cause any damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group 11 came on board ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback attacked a Japanese convoy in the Solomon Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 25 Jewish professional watchmakers were transferred from Majdanek Concentration Camp to Auschwitz Concentration Camp; they were later transferred to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where they would work in a workshop to sort and repair watches stolen from killed Jews for use by German troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Many units of the German Luftflotte 4 were transferred from Stalingrad, Russia to North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Nov 1942
Patton and Rear Admiral H. Kent Hewitt aboard USS Augusta, off North Africa, 8 or 9 Nov 1942Wildcat fighters testing their machine guns aboard Ranger off North Africa, Nov 1942F4F-4 Wildcat taking off from Ranger, North Africa, 8 Nov 1942Residents of Arzeu, Algeria greeting American troops on the beach, 8 Nov 1942
See all photos dated 8 Nov 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal