28 Sep 1942
  • USS Sculpin hit Japanese seaplane carrier Nisshin with torpedoes east of Kokoda Island, Bismarck Archipelago. ww2dbase [Sculpin | CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Navy 11th Air Fleet. ww2dbase [Jinichi Kusaka | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was telephoned by Erwin Rommel, who wanted him to accompany him to Berlin, Germany for a speech at the Berlin Sportpalast. Marseille rejected the offer, citing his wish to save his leave time to marry Hanne-Lies Küpper later in the year. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | CPC]
  • USS S-31 arrived at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [S-31 | Unalaska | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alpino Bagnolini sighted a freighter in the Atlantic Ocean at 2330 hours. At 2355 hours, the port side lookout sighted a destroyer. The Italian commanding officer Ferdinando Corsi ordered the launch of a stern torpedo, but the launch did not happen before the submarine had to dive to avoid being attacked by the destroyer. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
  • Irako transited the Bungo Strait between Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [Irako | CPC]
New Caledonia
  • USS Copahee arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Copahee | Nouméa | CPC]
  • Chester Nimitz arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia, which was his first stop in a front-line inspection tour of the Solomon Islands area. ww2dbase [Chester Nimitz | Nouméa | CPC]
  • In Stalingrad, Russia, Sergeant Jacob Pavlov and three others assaulted the much shelled apartment block facing Solechnaya street, expelling the incumbent Germans with hand-grenades. In the cellar they found several badly wounded Soviet soldiers still holding out. "Pavlov's House" would become a boundary fortification, and a symbol of resistance. The handful of men defended the outpost for 58 days, against infantry, artillery and tank assaults. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | Stalingrad | AC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Colchester and Broadstairs, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 28 Sep 1942
Major General Richard Sutherland, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Vice Admiral Robert Ghormley, and Major General Millard Harmon meeting aboard USS Argonne at Nouméa, New Caledonia, 28 Sep 1942

28 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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