10 Oct 1942

  • USS S-28 detected an unidentified target which was presumed to be Japanese. As she prepared for an attack, a ground in her fire control circuits caused an accidental firing from the No. 1 tube, thus prematurely ending the attack. She arrived in Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska that afternoon and then departed for San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [S-28 | Unalaska | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British submarine HMS Unique (Lieutenant Robert Evelyn Boddington) disappeared while on patrol in the Bay of Biscay west of France. British submarine HMS Ursula reported hearing underwater explosions which led her commander to believe that HMS Unique was under attack although there are no German reports of attacks within the bay of Biscay area. HMS Unique's loss would be officially announced by the Admiralty on 6 Dec 1942. ww2dbase [AC, HM]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • 7 Australian PBY Catalina aircraft attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0330 hours. At 0400 hours, 18 US B-17 Flying Fortress bombers attacked Rabaul's Simpson harbor while 3 B-17 bombers attacked nearby Lakunai airfield. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi began repairing destroyer Minegumo at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Germany Hawaii Malta
  • The major Axis air offensive against Malta began. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | TH]
Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1942
Clifton Cates with battalion commanders of US 1st Marine Regiment, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 10 Oct 1942

10 Oct 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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