1 Nov 1942
  • Aboard Yamato, a festive dinner was held for all captains stationed at Truk to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Santa Cruz. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Captain Yoshio Kamei was named the commanding officer of submarine tender Taigei. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • German III.Panzer Korps captured Alagir on the Terek River in the Caucasus in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Hiroaki Abe was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Rommel began to devise a plan to withdraw his forces at El Alamein, Egypt westward to Fuka, but he would not activate the plan yet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After sundown, men of the 2nd Battalion of US 7th Marine Regiment advanced east across the base of Koli Point to the Metapona River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands to investigate reported Japanese activity. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Navy air units received new numbered designations; for example, the Tainan Air Group was renamed Air Group 251. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US 8th Pursuit Squadron saw its first combat mission over New Guinea island, shooting down two Japanese Zero fighters while losing one P-40 fighter. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Kittyhawk fighters of No. 112 Squadron RAF spotted 30 German Stuka dive bombers with Bf 109 fighters in escort in North Africa. In the ensuing engagement, 7 Stuka aircraft were shot down by surprise before Bf 109 fighters would react; only 1 Kittyhawk fighter was lost in this attack. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu arrived at Shortland Island, Solomon Islands. Later in the day, reassigned to a supply unit, she embarked food, ammunition, and troops of Japanese 38th Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Caroline Islands Greenland
  • Bluie East Two in eastern Greenland began reporting weather. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Sunfish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US freighter Hugh Williamson and British freighter Empire Sky departed Hvalfjörður, Iceland in Operation FB. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first tents were erected in what was to become the "Tent City" to augment the barracks at Ramgarh Training Center. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback fired two torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer in the Solomon Sea; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • About 600 Dutch Jews and 977 German Jews from Berlin were gassed at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Prototype of the Welkin fighter took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Nov 1942
Soviet troops making their way through the ruins of Stalingrad, Russia, 1 Nov 1942A volunteer unit made up of Kirov Factory workers marching in Leningrad, Russia, 1 Nov 1942

1 Nov 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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