13 Nov 1942
  • Damaged in the naval battle before dawn, Hiei struggled to return to base. After persistent attacks by aircraft attacks, it was decided that she was to be scuttled. After all men were taken off, she was scuttled by torpedoes north of Savo Island in the Solomon Islands. She became the first Japanese battleship to be lost in combat. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS S-28 began an overhaul, during which she would receive a fathometer, a Kleinschmidt distilling unit, and SJ radar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Norman Scott passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Daniel Callahan passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied troops captured Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Algeria, men of British No. 6 Commando captured the harbor of Bone, while other troops captured Djedjelli. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy pilot Lieutenant H. S. Blake detected Vichy French submarine Le Conquerant 700 miles off Casablanca, French Morocco, which refused to answer recognition signals when challenged. Blake attacked, blowing off the conning tower, and sank the submarine with all aboard lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler promised France that Germany would leave the French fleet at Toulon, France alone. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hauptmann Wilhelm Antrup and Oberleutnant Albert Koller of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Frederick Aikman shot down a German Ju 88 aircraft in North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories
  • Tenryu departed Shortland Island, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Helena detected Japanese warships with her radar off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands at 0124 hours, but poor communications and general confusion caused a lack of proper action from the task force. The First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal was joined after the two sides sighted each other. USS Helena assisted in the sinking of destroyer Akatsuki and seriously damaged destroyer Amatsukaze. Captain Gilbert Hoover, commanding officer of USS Helena and the senior surviving US officer, gave the order for all Americans to disengage from battle after 40 minutes of fighting. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • USS Jueanu, while sailing for Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides for repairs sustained during the previous night, was intercepted by I-26, which fired two torpedoes. One struck on the port side, sinking the light cruiser very quickly. 687 lives would eventually be lost; only 10 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Portland was struck with a torpedo in her starboard quarter during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (Third Battle of Savo Island). The torpedo explosion took off Portland's two inboard propellers, jammed the rudder at five degrees to starboard, and froze the No 3 main turret. Portland could only steam in circles but still managed to fire her forward main batteries effectively, starting fires on the Japanese battleship Hiei and sinking the abandoned destroyer Yudachi. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • The First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended before dawn with the US Navy task force under Rear Admiral Daniel Callahan driving off a Japanese naval bombardment group. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops arrived at Munda Point, New Georgia, to construct an airfield. Detecting this movement, three squadrons of US B-24 bombers flew to Iron Range airfield in northern Queensland, Australia to stage an attack on the future airfield. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After dark, Japanese cruisers challenged the US naval forces again by coming close to shore and bombarding Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 6 torpedoes at convoy in the Yellow Sea 50 miles west of the Korean coast, damaging an oiler with 1 hit. She was given chase by escort craft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Carrier Crown Point, still under construction at Camden, New Jersey, United States, was renamed Langley. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Carrier Oriskany was renamed Wasp while still under construction at Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Nov 1942
Japanese battleship Hiei evading aerial bombing, north of Savo Island, Solomon Islands, 13 Nov 1942; seen from a B-17 aircraft of US 11th Bombardment GroupDwight Eisenhower, François Darlan, Mark Clark, and Robert Murphy at Algiers, Algeria, 13 Nov 1942François Darlan, Andrew Cunningham, Dwight Eisenhower in Algeria, Nov 1942King George VI of Great Britain visits the base of the USAAF 352nd Bomb Squadron at Chelveston, England, UK, 13 Nov 1942. The aircraft is B-17F “Holey Joe” with Cpl David C Casteel of Illinois standing second from the left

13 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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