16 Nov 1942
  • American destroyers sank German submarine U-173 off Casablanca, French Morocco. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC]
  • The first US Marine night fighter squadron, VMF(N)-531, was commissioned at Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Schwable. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Oberfeldwebel Karl Lipp of the German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Georg von Bismarck was promoted to the rank of Generalleutnant posthumously. ww2dbase [Georg von Bismarck | CPC]
  • Frederick Aikman shared the credit for downing two Italian Savoia aircraft in North Africa. ww2dbase [Frederick Aikman | CPC]
  • Two or three US B-24 bombers were destroyed while a further two were damaged during an accident during a takeoff at the Iron Range airfield in Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [Queensland | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • The US 128th Infantry Regiment began an attack on Japanese positions south of Buna, Australian Papua. The 1st Battalion (Colonel McCoy) attacked along the coast from Embogo and crossed the Samboga River, while the 3rd Battalion (Colonel Miller) attacked inland from Simemi. Their objectives were the air strips at the centre of the Japanese eastern defences. On the first day opposition was minor but their sole supply line, consisting of six barges ferrying supplies from the airstrip at Ponondetta further to the east, was destroyed when Japanese Zero fighters strafed the barges, destroying their loads of ammunition, medicine and critically, the artillery and mortars. With the loss of the barges further movement was delayed until 19 Nov 1942 as troops and stores had to come by foot. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | Buna | AC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for destroyer Kuroshio at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Italy
  • The Italian Air Force merged its "Loreto" combat engineers battalion and the 1st Air Force Paratroop Unit to form the 1st Air Force Assault Regiment "Amedeo d'Aosta" at Marsala, Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Marsala, Sicilia | CPC]
  • Captain Akira Sone was named the commanding officer of Nachi. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired 2 torpedoes at convoy in the Yellow Sea, sinking oiler Nichinan Maru with 1 torpedo hit and gunfire. ww2dbase [Haddock | Yellow Sea | CPC]
United States
  • LST-412 was launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ww2dbase [LST-412 | Baltimore, Maryland | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort was transferred to the US Navy Office of the Chief of Naval Operations based in Washington DC, United States. Later in the day, he wrote a personal letter to his former subordinates in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, noting that his relief was the result of politics, and asking them to be loyal to his successor William Goggins, who was not part of the bureaucratic in-fighting. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | Washington | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Nov 1942
Message from Chiang Kaishek to Franklin Roosevelt, English translation, 16 Nov 1942Message from Chiang Kaishek to Franklin Roosevelt, Chinese original, 16 Nov 1942, page 1 of 4Message from Chiang Kaishek to Franklin Roosevelt, Chinese original, 16 Nov 1942, page 2 of 4Message from Chiang Kaishek to Franklin Roosevelt, Chinese original, 16 Nov 1942, page 3 of 4
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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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