4 Oct 1942
  • The US Marine Corps 9th Defense Battalion departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Nicholas departed Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands escorting a transport ship bound for NoumĂ©a, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Alaska Atlantic Ocean
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted an illuminated Swiss ship in the Atlantic Ocean at 0215 hours, followed by another, Portuguese ship, shortly after; no action was taken. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for escort carrier Taiyo at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 departed at Lorient, France on her fourth patrol to the northern coast of South America. ww2dbase [U-505 | Loirent, Bretagne | DS]
  • A US Navy PBY-5A aircraft became the first aircraft to land at Bluie West Four in western Greenland. ww2dbase [Bluie West Four | South Greenland | CPC]
  • The British commando raid on Sark in the Channel Islands resulted in one prisoner. ww2dbase [Sark | TH]
  • The Headquarters Squadron, Marine Aircraft Wing, Pacific of the United States Marine Corps arrived at Ewa Marine Corps Air Station near Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Ewa Marine Corps Air Station | Kapolei, Oahu | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS S-44 attacked a destroyer, claiming a sinking with 3 hits out of 4 torpedoes fired; she suffered damage from an intense depth charge counterattack. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
  • USS S-41 fired four torpedoes at a Japanese patrol craft in waters off the Ellice Islands; all four torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [S-41 | CPC]
Russia United States
  • Just after dawn off Coos Bay, Oregon, Japanese submarine I-25 was running on the surface recharging her batteries when lookouts spotted the 6,700-ton Shell Oil tanker SS Camden dead in the water. Camden was on her way from San Pedro, California to Portland, Oregon with 76,000 barrels of oil and gasoline but had stopped to make some repairs to her engine. I-25 submerged and lined up for a torpedo attack. Two torpedoes were fired, the first missed but the second struck Camden’s bow igniting her forward fuel tank. One man jumped overboard and was lost, Camden’s only casualty in the attack. Camden’s crew abandoned ship and the tanker settled by the bow. I-25 withdrew but Camden remained afloat. Camden’s crew was rescued later in the day by a passing ship. Down-by-the-bow Camden was taken under tow but as she was approaching Seattle, Washington four days later, fire broke out once again and the ship sank. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Coos Bay, Oregon | DS]

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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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