24 Sep 1942
  • The planned submarine Blanquillo was renamed Caiman. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The plan for future submarine Bocaccio was renamed submarine Charr. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The planned submarine Bonaci was renamed Chub. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The planned submarine Senorita was renamed Trepang. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler sacked General Franz Halder as Chief of Staff, replacing him with General Kurt Zeitzler. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Japanese troops landed on Maiana, Gilbert Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USAAF B-17 bombers damaged Japanese seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru off Shortlands Island, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Somali (Lieutenant Commander C. D. Maud) broke apart and sank while under tow by HMS Ashanti 185 miles north of Iceland; 77 were killed, 35 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • German submarine U-432 sank US ship Penmar 400 miles east of southern Greenland at 0144 hours; 2 were killed, 59 survived. In the same general area, U-617 sank Belgium ship Roumanie at 0158 hours; 42 were killed, 1 survived. At 0924 hours, U-175 sank US ship West Chetac 100 miles north of Georgetown, British Guyana; 31 were killed, 19 survived. At 1825 hours, U-512 sank US merchant ship Antinous (under two by British rescue tug HMS Zwatre Zee) also north of British Guyana. At 1910 hours, U-619 sank US ship John Winthrop 450 miles southeast of Greenland; all 52 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Greek submarine Nereus sank Italian freighter Fiume 7 miles southwest of Rhodes, Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-561 sank Egyptian sailing vessel Sphinx with the deck gun miles southwest of Tiros, Syria-Lebanon at 2335 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British destroyer HMS Nizam sank a Vichy French merchant ship southwest of Madagascar. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • Dauntless dive bombers of US Marine Corps VMSB-231 squadron and US Navy VS-3 squadron from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands attacked Japanese destroyers Umikaze and Kawakaze in the western Solomon Islands; they heavily damaged Umikaze (8 were killed) and forced the convoy to turn back. On the same day, US Army B-17 bombers attacked the Japanese Navy base on Shortland island, damaging seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The northern crew and the southern crew of the Alaska-Canadian Highway met at the British Columbia-Yukon border in Canada and began to connect the two portions. ww2dbase [TH]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-165 sank US freighter Losmar 220 miles west of the southern tip of India; 3 were killed, 14 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-44 arrived at her patrol area off New Georgia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Portuguese Timor
  • A Japanese fighter detected Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager in Betano Bay, East Timor at 1330 hours, which ran aground on the previous day. At 1600 hours, a wave of Japanese bombers attacked, heavily damaging the ship. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German Armeegruppe A launched an assault against Tuapse on the Black Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German 94th Infantry Division and 24th Panzer Division effectively wiped out all Soviet units in the southern pocket in Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Hastings, England, United Kingdom; 19 were killed, 17 were seriously injured. Seaford in southeastern England was also attacked. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of LST-412 was laid down by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Leslie Groves purchased 210 square kilometers (52,000 acres) of land in Tennessee, United States. Also known as Site X, it would soon become the Oak Ridge site of the Manhattan Project. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The United States Marine Corps established the Marine Corps Air Station Mojave in California, United States under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John Holmsberg. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Sep 1942
Roosevelt touring Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 24 Sep 1942, with Japanese midget submarine Ha-19 in backgroundType A Ko-hyoteki class Ha-19 midget submarine captured in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor attack seen at Mare Island Navy Yard in California, United States at the beginning of its cross-country war bonds tour, 24 Sep 1942

24 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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