8 Dec 1942
  • The planned Allied invasion of Burma was called off due to lack of supplies; British and Chinese troops fell back from their forward positions. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Gar fired her deck gun at a Japanese cargo ship, causing damage. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • Nikolai Voznesensky became the Chairman of the State Planning Committee of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Nikolai Voznesensky | CPC]
  • Maksim Saburov stepped down as the Chairman of State Planning Committee of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Maksim Saburov | CPC]
  • The 3rd Infantry Regiment and the 132nd Regimental Combat Team, both of the US Army, arrived in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish attacked a Japanese destroyer in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with 1 of 4 torpedoes fired and claimed a sinking. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Repair ship Akashi completed the repair work for light cruiser Isuzu at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
United States
  • Liberty ship David J. Brewer became the first ship to dock at Port Chicago, California, United States at about 1200 hours. Upon learning that the stevedores were all African-American, the ship's Caucasian captain refused to let dock workers board his ship. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Light cruiser Miami was launched in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. C. H. Reeder, wife of the mayor of Miami, Florida, United States. ww2dbase [Miami | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1942
Men and weapons of the 132d Regimental Combat Team of the US Army Americal Division, Kikum, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 8 Dec 1942; note M3 37mm gunMen and supplies of the 132d Regimental Combat Team of the US Army Americal Division, Kikum, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 8 Dec 1942African-American US Army WAACs Ruth Wade and Lucille Mayo servicing a truck, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, United States, 8 Dec 1942Launching of light cruiser Miami, William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 8 Dec 1942

8 Dec 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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