30 Nov 1942
  • HMCS Iroquois (G89) was commissioned into service with Commander W. B. L. Holms in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Submarine Mingo was launched, sponsored by Mrs. Henry L. Pence. ww2dbase [Mingo | CPC]
  • Submarine tender Taigei completed her conversion work and was recommissioned into service as light aircraft carrier Ryuho with Captain Nobishiro Soma in command. ww2dbase [Ryuho | CPC]
  • USS Bailey entered Kuluk Bay, Adak, Alaska. ww2dbase [Bailey | DS]
  • USS Nicholas departed Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands escorting a convoy bound for Nouméa, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Leonardo da Vinci sighted a Portuguese ship in the Atlantic Ocean at 1959 hours and abandoned the pursuit once the identification was made. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Angry at the slow progress in Australian Papua, General Douglas MacArthur dismissed the commander of US 32nd Infantry Division, Major General Harding, and replaced him with his corps commander, Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger, who he instructed "to take Buna or not come back alive". ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | AC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • Near Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, a formation of US cruisers sailing from Espiritu Santo ambushed a nighttime fast destroyer convoy led personally by Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka south of Savo Island in the Solomons. Tanaka's quick thinking led to a Japanese victory in the Battle of Tassafaronga. Cruisers USS Northampton, USS Pensacola, USS Minneapolis, and USS New Orleans (New Orleans-class) were badly damaged by torpedoes. Cruiser USS Northampton was sunk by Type 93 torpedoes launched by Japanese destroyer Oyashio. Light cruiser USS Honolulu reported gunfire hits (along with other ships) on Japanese destroyer Takanami which broke apart and sank. ww2dbase [Raizo Tanaka | Honolulu | Pensacola | Minneapolis | New Orleans | Northampton | Type 93 | Guadalcanal Campaign | Savo Sound, Solomon Islands | CPC]
  • Irako transited the Bungo Strait between Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan. ww2dbase [Irako | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo attacked a Japanese freighter with one escorting destroyer; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Wahoo | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe VIII. Fliegerkorps was relieved of all its combat duties. Instead, its aircraft stationed across Rostov Oblast, Russia were ordered to focus on flying supplies into Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Battle of Stalingrad | Rostov | CPC]
  • British 2nd Parachute Battalion reached high ground at Prise de L'Eau in Tunisia one day after having been dropped into the country. ww2dbase [Advance into Tunisia | CPC]
United Kingdom Photo(s) dated 30 Nov 1942
USS St. Louis off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Pablo Bay, California, United States, 30 Nov 1942. St. Louis is painted in Measure 21 allover sea blue.United States Navy Track Chart Battle of Tassafaronga, 30 Nov 1942. Chart created in 1946.USS Alabama underway in Chesapeake Bay, United States, 30 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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