9 Dec 1942
  • American operations on Guadalcanal, previously conducted by the US Marines under Major General Alexander Vandegrift, were turned over to the US Army under Major General Alexander Patch. The 1st Marine Division began its withdraw to Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Marigold (Lieutenant J. A. S. Halcrow) was sunk by an Italian torpedo off Algiers, Algeria. ww2dbase [AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Wahoo departed Caroline Islands waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky and Georgy Zhukov presented to Joseph Stalin a plan for a counteroffensive at Stalingrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Tunisia
  • Germany agreed to cede to Italy the French warships captured at Bizerte, Tunisia in the previous month. They included sloop La Batailleuse, sloop Commandant Rivière, torpedo boat Bombarde, torpedo boat La Pomone, torpedo boat L'Iphigénie, submarine Phoque, submarine Saphir, submarine Requin, submarine Espadon, submarine Dauphin, submarine Turquoise, submarine Circé, submarine Calypso, and submarine Nautilus. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • USS S-28 departed San Diego, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Caucasian captain of Liberty ship David J. Brewer, the first to dock at Port Chicago, California, United States, reluctantly agreed to allow African-American stevedores to load ordnance onto his ship. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Dec 1942
TBF-1 Avenger landing on Auxiliary Carrier USS Card bounced over the arresting cables, crashed the barrier, and stopped in an anti-aircraft gun tub, 9 Dec 1942 off San Diego, California, United States. 1 of 2.TBF-1 Avenger landing on Auxiliary Carrier USS Card bounced over the arresting cables, crashed the barrier, and stopped in an anti-aircraft gun tub, 9 Dec 1942 off San Diego, California, United States. 2 of 2.

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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