9 Sep 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Field Marshal Wilhelm List was sacked, and Adolf Hitler took over command of Armeegruppe A which had been meeting heavy resistance in the Caucasus in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
  • Mutsu was assigned to the Guadalcanal Operation Force based at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Mutsu | CPC]
  • Montpelier was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Montpelier | CPC]
  • German intelligence reported in error that the Soviet Union had used up all reserves. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-584 made contact with Allied convoy ON-127 in the middle of the North Atlantic and relayed the finding to 11 fellow wolfpack mates. At 1516 hours, U-755 sank US Navy weather ship USS Muskeget 590 miles northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland; all 121 aboard were killed. At 1528 hours, U-66 sank Swedish ship Peiping 875 miles north of Antigua island; 3 were killed, 31 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • British RAF torpedo bombers sank Italian hospital ship Arno 85 miles northeast of Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The escort force of Allied convoy PQ-18 was joined by Rear Admiral Robert Burnett's force including escort carrier HMS Avenger and several small warships. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Australian troops fell back 2 miles from Efogi to Menari on the Kokoda Track in Australian Papua while US aircraft from Port Moresby area airfields momentarily paused the Japnaese advance. At Port Moresby, Australian 25th Infantry Brigade arrived from Australia. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | Menari | CPC]
Black Sea
  • Soviet aircraft destroyed two Italian torpedo boats in the Black Sea off Yalta, Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • In the Caroline Islands, the Japanese Navy Combined Fleet transferred main units at Truk atoll to a new anchorage south of Summer (Dublon) Island. ww2dbase [Truk | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Shirakumo at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Germany
  • Two British, one Australian, and three Dutch prisoners of Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle in Germany made their escape, five disguised as Polish workers and the sixth as the German guard. Four of them would eventually be captured, but Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lieutenant Hedley Fowler and Royal Dutch Navy Lieutenant Damiaem van Doorninck would make it to Switzerland. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
Poland United States
  • The Lookout Air Raid: After some time waiting submerged off Oregon, United States, Japanese submarine I-25 launched her E14Y aircraft, flown by Pilot Chief Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita and crewman Petty Officer Shoji Okuda, shortly after dawn. The aircraft was spotted by the Americans as it crossed the coast. It dropped two incendiary bombs in a forest near Brookings, Oregon at 0600 hours; this attack was the only aerial bombing against the United States during WW2. En route back to the submarine, the aircraft spotted two merchant ships. After recovering Fujita and Okuda, I-25 attempted to give chase to the two merchant ships, but US aircraft would force I-25 to abandon the attack and submerge. ww2dbase [Nobuo Fujita | Brookings, Oregon | TH, CPC]
  • USS Whale completed her training which took place between San Francisco and San Diego in California, United States. ww2dbase [Whale | California | CPC]
  • USS Permit began a scheduled overhaul at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States. ww2dbase [Mare Island Navy Yard | Permit | Vallejo, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Sep 1942
Raeder reviewing Italian Navy with Captain Francesco Mimbelli, 9 Sep 1942Battleship USS West Virginia leaving Drydock #1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 9 Sep 1942 following preliminary repairs of damage sustained in the Japanese attack. Note the mast and portions of the upper hull have been removed.African-American mess attendants take their turn at a 20mm gun during gunnery training on Aircraft Transport USS Copahee during transit from California to Pearl Harbor, 9 Sep 1942. Note TBF Avengers on the flight deck.

9 Sep 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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