The British Admiralty announced the loss of trawler HMS Lord Stonehaven which
was sunk on the 2 October 1942
by the Kriegsmarine motor torpedo boat S-112.
Russian Front. The Wehrmacht
ground forces occupied two streets in Stalingrad.
In the Mediterranean.
It was announced that British submarines had sunk or damaged 12 Axis supply ships.
In Africa. The state of affairs of the 10th Armoured Division in the
corridor through the minefields has become very hard by the early hours of the
morning, but at 3.30 a.m. Bernard Law Montgomery affirms that the endeavour to
break through must carry on, cost what it may. Midday the British commanding officer
chooses to alter his plan of attack, changing the pivot of the offensive to the
north. The main attack is given to the Australian 9th Division, supported by the
1st Armoured Division. Especially violent fighting is reported around Kidney Ridge.
The Afrika Corps 15. Panzer-Division suffers heavy losses at the 119 panzers it
started with in the morning being reduced to 39 panzers. Field Marshal Erwin
speeds back to Africa. The tankers Proserpimz and Luisiarzo, loaded
with petrol for the nearly empty panzers of Field Marshal Erwin
vehicles, are sunk in Tobruk Harbour.
In China. Allied air
force aircraft bombed Hong Kong.
In India. Japanese air force aircraft
raided Chittagong and United States aerodromes in Assam.
The Japanese ground forces launched land, air and sea attack against United States
of America positions at Guadalcanal.
United States Army, Middle East
Air Forces (USAMEAF). Battle of El Alamein continues as General Montgomery decides
to make main effort on North flank of 30 Corps. Australian 9th Division drives
North toward coastal road to Rahman. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers disperse motor
transport and other targets in support of ground forces. P-40 fighters on escort
attack vehicles and other targets. Fighters claim several aeroplanes destroyed
in combat heavy bombers sent to bomb Bengasi harbour and a convoy at sea fail
to reach targets as bad weather prevails.
Tenth Air Force. Japanese
aircraft attack airfields connected with the India-China air transport route,
heavily bombing Dinjan and Chabua fields and scoring hits also at Mohanbari and
Sookerating. 10 United States aeroplanes are destroyed and 17 badly damaged; 9
Japanese aircraft are downed. 12 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 7 P-40 fighters
of Chine Air Task Force (CATF), led by Colonel Merian C Cooper, hit Kowloon Docks
at Hong Kong. 21 aeroplanes intercept. 1 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 1 P-40
are shot down. This marks the first loss of a Chine Air Task Force (CATF) B-25
Mitchell medium bombers in combat. The Japanese interceptors are virtually annihilated.
October 1942. 6
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, on first Chine Air Task Force (CATF) night strike,
continue pounding Hong Kong, bombing North Port power plant which provides electricity
for the shipyards. 3 other B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb the secondary target,
Canton warehouse area, causing several large explosions and fires.
Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
bomb shipping at Rabaul. A-20 Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Isurava-Kokoda
trail, West bank of Kumusi River, and area North of Asisi as Australian ground
forces push toward Kokoda in the Owen Stanley Range.
South Pacific (SOPAC).
Japanese ground assaults on defence lines around Henderson Field are again thrown
back. Marine and Army Air Forces fighters continue to inflict telling losses on
Japanese Navy aircraft. During the afternoon, a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers
on sea search mission sights powerful Task Force North West of Santa Cruz Island,
heading for Guadalcanal.
Eleventh Air Force. Alert only a weather permits.
Go To: 26th October
Edited by Sir John Hamilton
The War Illustrated.
by Sir John Hamilton
2194 Days Of War.
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