2 Sep 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Lorenco Marques, Portuguese East Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • G1 and T1 Patrols of the British Long Range Desert Group departed from Faiyum, Egypt for a raiding mission against the Italian base at Barce, Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first Hawker Tempest Mk V (HM595) aircraft flew for the first time. One of the fastest fighters of the war, the Tempest entered service in Apr 1944. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • A British Sunderland aircraft attacked Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani on the surface in the Bay of Biscay west of France at 1244 hours, damaging the submarine; 2 were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • On the coast of Milne Bay in Australian Papua, Australian troops halted their attack on the Japanese beachhead near Waga Waga. Further inland, Australians 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions fell back from Eora along the Kokoda Track. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US B-17 bombers damaged Japanese minelayer Tsugaru in the northern Solomon Islands; 14 were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese ship off Truk, Caroline Islands; both torpedoes fired hit the target, but none detonated. She was damaged during the counterattack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Danzig
  • German training submarine U-222 sank in Danzig Bay north of Danzig, Germany after colliding with training submarine U-626; 42 were killed, 3 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
Egypt
  • Armored cars of 4/8th Hussars of British 4th Armoured Brigade penetrated Axis lines near Alam el Halfa, Egypt, destroying 57 German supply trucks near Himeimat. Erwin Rommel decided that he would withdraw since he could not gain initiative in battle. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down a Hurricane fighter (Pilot Officer G. R. Dibbs) and two P-40 fighters (US 1st Lieutenant M. McMarrel serving in South African Air Force and British Lieutenant Stuart) in his morning sortie between 0916 and 0924 hours over El Alamein, Egypt. In the afternoon sortie, he shot down two more P-40 fighters (Lieutenant E. H. D. Carman and Lieutenant J. Lindbergh) over El Imayid, Egypt. At the end of the day his score stood at 126. Also on this date, his superiors nominated him for Diamonds to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • 200 British bombers attacked Karlsruhe, Germany, destroying many buildings and killing 73 civilians; 8 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-29 sank British ship Gazcon in the mouth of the Gulf of Aden; killing 12. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Mariana Islands
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Saipan, Mariana Islands to escort carrier Unyo to Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • German 46th Infantry Division crossed Strait of Kerch and landed on the Taman Peninsula in southern Russia via 24 landing barges and other small boats. Meanwhile, German 17th Army moved toward Novorossiysk. As the Soviets evacuated from nearby ports, Italian and German surface vessels intercepted some of the convoys, sinking Soviet gunboats Oktybar and Rostov-Don. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Flagship of Soviet Northern Sea Route Dezhnev, disabled by Admiral Scheer at Dikson, Russia six days prior, was repaired and put back into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Teignmouth, England, United Kingdom. In London, England, the British War Cabinet received the Home Security Situation Report for the week, which noted that in the week ending at 0600 hours on 2 Sep 1942, 92 British civilians were killed by German bombing while a further 91 were seriously wounded. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-18 departed Loch Ewe, Scotland, United Kingdom; it was supported by two tankers and one rescue ship and was escorted by two anti-aircraft vessels, three destroyers, four corvettes, and four trawlers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Sep 1942
Soviet troops fighting in the ruins of Stalingrad, Russia, 2 Sep 1942

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

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