5 Dec 1942
  • Captain Mitsuharu Ueda was named the commanding officer of Tenryu. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Renshaw was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Canna was destroyed by a fire at Lagos, Nigeria, British West Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Executive Order No. 9-27 was issued in the United States, placing all services under the provisions of the Selective Service Act. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Truk, Caroline Islands to escort carrier Hiyo to Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Graf Zeppelin was towed to Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • The SS authorities organized a general selection among the prisoners of the female camp BIa in Auschwitz II-Birkenau Concentration Camp, which lasted all day, after which 2,000 young, healthy and fit to work women prisoners were killed in gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • Despite heavy fog, 17 He 111 and about 50 Ju 52/3m aircraft were able to fly 150 tons of supplies into Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Dec 1942
African-American US WAAC cooks prepared dinner for the first time in new kitchen at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, United States, 5 Dec 1942Sgt. Hiram Prouty of US 175th Infantry Regiment dressed as Santa Claus during the Christmas season, arriving on a M3 medium tank, Perham Down, England, United Kingdom, 5 Dec 1942

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

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