2 Oct 1942
  • US Marine 5th Defense Battalion occupied Funafuti, Ellice Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Grampus began her fourth war patrol. ww2dbase [Grampus | CPC]
  • Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [Heinrich | CPC]
  • ShCh-307 attacked Finnish merchant ship Wanda in the Sea of Åland; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [ShCh-307 | CPC]
  • The troopship Queen Mary collided with (and sank) one of her escorts, the light cruiser HMS Curacoa, off the Irish coast with the loss of 239 lives. ww2dbase [Queen Mary | AC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of 19th Bomb Group of US 5th Air Force from Port Moresby, Australian Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain between 0440 and 0510 hours, damaging Japanese light cruiser Tenryu with a hit at the stern, killing 22 and wounding 26. Auxiliary repair ship Hakkai Maru would provide Tenryu with temporary repairs. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for light cruiser Jintsu and destroyer Yugiri at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
  • Yekaterina Budanova shot down a Ju 88 bomber and a Bf 109 fighter over Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Yekaterina Budanova | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The British codebreaking establishment at Bletchley Park and the US Navy's codebreaking department (OP-20-G) agreed to a relationship of "full collaboration". ww2dbase [Enigma Code Broken | Bletchley Park | AC]
United States
  • Bell P-59 Airacomet jet fighter took flight for the first time at Muroc Dry Lake, California, United States. The test pilot was Robert Stanley. The first turbojet-driven aircraft to be built in the USA, the P-59 fighter proved unacceptable as a stable gun platform and was quickly relegated to a training role where it would provide the USAAF with a nucleus of trained jet pilots for later aircraft. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Oct 1942
Smoke rising from various districts of Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942, photo 1 of 5Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber over Stalingrad, Russia, 2 Oct 1942Smoke rising from various districts of Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942, photo 5 of 5Smoke rising from various districts of Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942, photo 4 of 5
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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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