11 Dec 1942
  • The Allies launched a new offensive toward Marsa Brega and El Agheila in Libya. ww2dbase [Second Battle of El Alamein | CPC]
  • The Cockleshell Heroes Raid: Ten British Commandos in five two-man canoes were launched from a submarine to attack enemy shipping in the port of Bordeaux, France. Three canoes were lost but two paddle 70 miles up-river to plant limpet mines on ships in the harbour. Six vessels were disabled. Two Commandos were drowned en route, six were captured and executed and two made it back to England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS S-35 departed Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska for her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [S-35 | Unalaska | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Truk | CPC]
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 arrived at Lorient, France from her fourth patrol with the distinction of being the “most heavily damaged U-boat to successfully return to port.”. ww2dbase [U-505 | Loirent, Bretagne | DS]
  • Tatsuta Maru was re-requisitioned by the Japanese Navy and was attached to the Yokosuka Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Light carrier Ryuho departed Yokosuka, Japan for Truk, Caroline Islands, escorted by destroyer Tokitsukaze. She had on board 20 light bombers and their pilots. ww2dbase [Ryuho | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
New Hebrides Pacific Ocean
  • USS St. Louis crossed the equator at 153 57W longitude. ww2dbase [St. Louis | DS]
United States
  • USS New Mexico arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [New Mexico | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
  • Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier USS Bogue departed San Diego, California bound for the Panama Canal. Composite Squadron VC-9 reported aboard with their compliment of TBF-1 Avengers and F4F-4 Wildcats. ww2dbase [Bogue | San Diego, California | DS]
Photo(s) dated 11 Dec 1942
USS San Francisco under Golden Gate Bridge en route to Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs, San Francisco, California, United States, 11 Dec 1942Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill just after launching at the Fore River yards, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, Dec 11, 1942. Note K-class airship from Airship Patrol Squadron ZP-11 overhead.OS2U Kingfisher scout plane with five Mousetrap anti-submarine rockets mounted under one wing for testing purposes, Banana River, Florida, United States, 11 Dec 1942. Photo 1 of 4.OS2U Kingfisher scout plane with five Mousetrap anti-submarine rockets mounted under one wing for testing purposes, Banana River, Florida, United States, 11 Dec 1942. Photo 4 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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