30 Oct 1942
  • Operation Title: British attempted to attack German battleship Tirpitz with human torpedoes. The mission was aborted. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt were now down to about 320 operational tanks with little fuel, while the Allies had about 800 tanks. After sun down, Montgomery launched a diversionary attack at the Point 29 region to pin down Axis forces before he was ready to launch his main offensive elsewhere. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • For Günther von Kluge's birthday, Adolf Hitler gave him a gift of 250,000 Reichsmarks, half of which was for a renovation of his estate. Accompanying the gift was a special permit which allowed him to embark on such a renovation during war time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Belgium, German Gestapo officers rounded up 100 Jewish children and their carers from a children's home in Brussels and moved them to a transit camp in Mechelen; protests, including one from the secretary-general of the Belgian Ministry of Justice, forced the Germans to return the children to the home. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Iceland
  • Russian freighter Dekabrist, US freighter John Walker, and British freighter Empire Gilbert departed Hvalfjöršur, Iceland in Operation FB. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Whale fired two torpedoes at a Japanese convoy 19 kilometers off Ichie Saki, Wakayama, Japan, scoring one hit. She was given chase by a torpedo boat for the next 17 hours and suffered serious damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • All Jewish prisoners of Auschwitz I Concentration Camp were brought out for a roll call; 800 were chosen to be sent to the newly created Buna sub-camp in Monowice to supply workers for the nearly I.G. Farben chemical plant; a number of prisoners too weak to work were sent to the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Flier was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Oct 1942
WAVES Ensign May Herrmann recruiting two women at the Officer Procurement office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 30 Oct 1942Grumman TBF-1 Avenger aircraft of US Navy Torpedo Squadron 4 dropping Mark XIII practice torpedo in training flight, location unknown, 30 Oct 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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