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]
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, US cruisers ambushed a night time fast destroyer convoy led personally by Rear Admiral Raizo Tanaka. 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. ww2dbase [Raizo Tanaka | Type 93 | Northampton | New Orleans | Minneapolis | Pensacola | 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 Alabama underway in Chesapeake Bay, United States, 30 Nov 1942

30 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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