2 Nov 1942
  • USS S-31 departed the Kurile Islands waters and sailed for the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Operation Supercharge was launched at El Alamein, Egypt, destroying many Axis tanks and guns. Axis tanks counterattacked at 1100 hours, which failed to stop the Allied advances. During the night, Rommel requested permission from Hitler to fall back, which was denied on the next day. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Two 155mm gun batteries, one of the US Army and the other US Marine Corps, landed in the Lunga Perimeter on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-586 sank British freighter Empire Gilbert of Operation FB southwest of Jan Mayen island, Norway at 0118 hours; 60 were killed, 3 survived. In Iceland, US Liberty ship William Clark and British freighter Empire Scott departed; they were also of Operation FB. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 503rd Parachute Battalion was redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 509th infantry Regiment prior to participating in Operation Torch. ww2dbase [AC]
  • 13.Panzer of German III Panzer Korps reached what will be the farthest point to the southeast reached by the German military when it was halted by Soviet forces 5 miles outside Ordshonikidze, Azerbaijan. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu departed Shortland Island, Solomon Islands and arrived at Tassafaronga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. She disembarked food, ammunition, and troops of Japanese 38th Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku depart Truk, Caroline Islands screened by Destroyer Division 4 with the damaged Zuiho and Chikuma, for Japan for permanent repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Tanikaze began escorting Zuiho and Kumano from Truk, Caroline Islands toward Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for carrier Shokaku at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Wahoo completed her scheduled overhaul at Submarine Base Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. During the overhaul, a 4-inch (100-millimeter) gun and two 20-millimeter guns were installed. She immediately began a 3-day training period. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Ling was laid down by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Nov 1942
Memphis off New York City, United States, 2 Nov 1942, with a barge and harbor tug alongside, photo 1 of 2Memphis off New York City, United States, 2 Nov 1942, with a barge and harbor tug alongside, photo 2 of 2A Japanese ship sinking, seen from USS SeawolfA Japanese ship sinking, seen from USS Seawolf
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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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