17 Oct 1942
  • Battleships Yamato and Mutsu transferred 4,500 tons of fuel oil to empty oiler Kenyo Maru to refuel other ships. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in Delhi, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oberst Ernst Kühl, commanding officer of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing, was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Japanese cruisers bombarded Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Kaname Harada was shot down in combat over Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, but he would survive his injuries and the trek through the jungle to reach a Japanese submarine base on the coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 94 British Lancaster bombers attacked the Schneider armament factory at Le Creusot in central France in daylight; 1 bomber was lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • All daylight air raids on Malta were abandoned by the Axis following heavy losses and bombing was now restricted to night-time operations only. The Axis had lost 270 aircraft this year over Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired four torpedoes at a Japanese transport off New Ireland; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Oct 1942
Russian soldier laying dead near a trench, Stalingrad, Russia, 17 Oct 1942Aerial photo of Stalingrad Tractor Factory named for Dzerzhinsky after German capture, Stalingrad, Russia, 17 Oct 1942

17 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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