30 Dec 1942
  • Jules Bastin was named the commanding officer of Belgian Legion. ww2dbase [Jules Bastin | CPC]
  • 6 Japanese fighters intercepted an air convoy from China to Lashio, Burma; one Japanese fighter was shot down by the escorting P-40 fighters. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 7 B-17 bombers of US 43rd Bomb Group attacked Rabaul, New Britain at 0530 hours, sinking small cargo ship Tomiura Maru. The pilots reported 21 warships gathering in Simpson Harbor. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • Satoru Anabuki, flying Ki-43 fighter "Fubuki", shot down a Blenheim aircraft over Meiktila, Burma, his 13th victory. ww2dbase [Satoru Anabuki | Meiktila | CPC]
  • Allied convoy RA-51 departed Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia. To the west, German submarine U-354 detected Allied convoy JW-51B; Admiral Erich Raeder ordered L├╝tzow, Admiral Hipper, and six destroyers to sortie from Altafjord, Norway to intercept. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Dec 1942
Wreckage of Italian hangars and aircraft, Castel Benito airfield outside Tripoli, Libya, late 1942

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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