9 Oct 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Rabaul. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Alois Brunner declared Vienna, Austria Judenfrei, "Free of Jews". ww2dbase [Alois Brunner | CPC]
  • The Soviet Union eliminated the Political Commissar position from the army, leaving only one military commander in each of its units. ww2dbase [TH]
  • US 164th Infantry Regiment set sail from Nouméa, New Caledonia for Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Marine Fighter Squadron 121 and the rear echelon of the 2nd Marine Regiment of the US 2nd Marine Division arrived at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • Galeazzo Ciano noted in his diary that Italian intelligence had learned that the Allies were planning on invading North Africa, and it concerned him as a successful Allied campaign there would put Italy in danger. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0400 hours, causing little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USAAF 57th Fighter Group achieved its first aerial victory when six P-40F fighters of 64th Fighter Squadron, escorting 18 Boston bombers en route to El Daba, Egypt, was attacked by German Bf 109 fighters, and one of the German fighters was shot down by 1st Lieutenant William J. Mount. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Photo(s) dated 9 Oct 1942
US Navy Destroyer Squadron FourSoviet Sergeant Fyodor Konoplyov and his crew firing a DShK anti-aircraft gun, Leningrad, Russia, 9 Oct 1942

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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