15 Nov 1942
  • Allied forces captured Derna, Libya, along with the nearby Martuba airfield, which immediately became the new forward base for conducting air operations. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • British troops captured Tebarka, Tunisia and American paratroopers captured Youks-les-Bains, Algeria. ww2dbase [Advance into Tunisia | CPC]
  • Captain Katsuji Hattori was named the commanding officer of light carrier Hosho. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • US B-24 bombers attacked the Buin-Faisi anchorage near the under-construction Japanese airfield at Munda Point, Bougainville, Solomon Islands; the attack resulted in minimal damage to the Japanese while two US aircraft were lost (1 to battle damage, another in an emergency landing on a beach). ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | CPC]
  • Karl Burk was awarded the German Cross in Gold. ww2dbase [Karl Burk | CPC]
  • Oberleutnant zur See Hugo Deiring was made the commanding officer of U-56, relieving G√ľnther-Paul Grave. ww2dbase [U-56 | CPC]
  • USS Nicholas arrived at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended in the early hours of the day, with the Americans fighting off the Japanese attack with effective use of radar; four surviving Japanese transports were able to accomplish their missions by delivering 2,000 troops to Guadalcanal, albeit without most of their heavy equipment. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | Savo Sound | CPC]
  • Tenryu arrived at Shortland Island, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Shortland Island | CPC]
  • US battleship Washington sank Japanese battleship Kirishima by gunfire off Savo Island in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Kirishima | AC, CPC]
  • Henderson Field a Marine Corps Air Base and was placed under the command of Colonel William Fox. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | Henderson Field | Lunga Point, Guadalcanal | CPC]
  • Gabriel Auphan attempted, in failure, to convince Jean de Laborde to sail the French fleet out of Toulon, France. ww2dbase [Gabriel Auphan | CPC]
French Morocco
  • USS Ancon arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco. Later on the same day, she departed as a part of a convoy sailing for Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Ancon | Operation Torch | Casablanca | CPC]
New Hebrides United Kingdom
  • In Britain, church bells pealed for the first time since Jun 1940 to celebrate Montgomery's British 8th Army's victory at El Alamein, Egypt. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Radio Gaulle, a black radio station operated by the propaganda section (S01) of SOE, ceased broadcasting from Britain. ww2dbase [Special Operations Executive | CPC]
United States
  • The TDN assault drone took its first flight. ww2dbase [TDN | CPC]
  • Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Card entered Drydock #1 at Puget Sound Navy Yard for five days as part of her final fitting out ww2dbase [Puget Sound Navy Yard | Card | Bremerton, Washington | DS]
Photo(s) dated 15 Nov 1942
Two beached Japanese transports burning after US aerial attack near Tassafaroga, Guadalcanal, 15 Nov 1942Map depicting Japanese attack and withdraw over the Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea, 18 Sep-15 Nov 1942View of port side 40mm Bofors mount aboard USS North Carolina, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Nov 1942View of starboard side 40mm Bofors mount aboard USS North Carolina, Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, US Territory of Hawaii, 15 Nov 1942
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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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