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19 Dec 1942
  • HMS Snapdragon was bombed and sunk by the Luftwaffe northwest of Benghazi, Libya. ww2dbase [AC]
Alaska
  • USS S-35 disembarked a sick sailor at Adak, US Territory of Alaska and set sail for Kiska. ww2dbase [S-35 | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • The P.119 prototype fighter took its first flight. ww2dbase [P.119 | CPC]
Japan
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Nagasaki, Japan. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Albacore returned to the site of Tenryu's sinking, which took place on the previous day, and observed wooden crates, 85 empty oil drums, and other debris floating in the water. ww2dbase [Albacore | CPC]
Russia
  • Erich von Manstein's units reached a point 30 miles south of Stalingrad, Russia, which would be the extent of their advance. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | TH]
Switzerland
  • Chief Petty Officers Wally Hammond and Don Lister, having previously escaped from Germany, successfully crossed the border into Switzerland. They were prisoners of war of Oflag IV-C at Colditz Castle in Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
Tunisia
  • Captured French sloop La Batailleuse departed Bizerte, Tunisia with an Italian crew for La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Captured French sloop Commandant Rivière departed Bizerte, Tunisia with an Italian crew for La Spezia, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Dec 1942
SBD Dauntless aircraft flying over USS Enterprise (foreground) and USS Saratoga (background), off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 19 Dec 1942

19 Dec 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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