4 Nov 1942
  • Axis forces slowly fell back to the west toward Fuka, Egypt, but the rear guard continued to cause heavy casualties against the pursuing Allied troops. Seeing victory was now impossible, Rommel disobeyed Hitler's orders and gave the orders for a general withdraw toward the Egyptian-Libyan border. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Americans divided the areas of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands under their control into two sectors, with US Marine Corps Brigadier General William Rupertus overseeing the East Sector and US Army Brigadier General Edmund Sebree overseeing the West Sector. On the same day, US Army 164th Infantry Regiment and US Marine 2nd Raider Battalion marched toward Koli Point to reinforce the 7th Marine Regiment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • All German offensive operations in the Caucasus region of southern Russia was suspended. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-354 damaged US Liberty ship William Clark of Operation FB off Jan Mayen island, Norway at 1333 hours; at 1400 hours, U-354 struck again and sank William Clark (31 were killed, 61 survived). Russian freighter Dekabrist, also of Operation FB, was attacked by German Ju 88 aircraft, suffering fatal damage (she would sink shortly after east of Spitzbergen, Norway). During the day, British freighter Briarwood departed Iceland in Operation FB. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-44 departed Brisbane, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese troops executed Australian aviator Allan Norman and his crew by decapitation at the Tavurvur crater near Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Hawaii
  • Workers at Dock No. 4 at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii began cutting piles using an underwater circular saw. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback damaged a Japanese transport in the Solomon Sea, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A transport of 954 Jewish men, women, and children from Westerbork Concentration Camp in occupied Netherlands arrived at Auschwitz Concentration Camp. 50 women were registered in the camp and 904 people were killed in the gas chambers. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
United States
  • The United States Marine Corps established the Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California, United States under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Millard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The United States Congress officially approved the award of a Medal of Honor to aviator Harl Pease. ww2dbase [CPC]

4 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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