Russian Front. The Wehrmacht ground forces made some headway
towards Volga North of Stalingrad.
In Australasia. Japanese air force bombers attempting to raid
Guadalcanal turned back by United States of America fighters
and antiaircraft guns. During night of 3-4
October 1942 United States of America dive-bombers attacked
Japanese warships landing reinforcements.
United States of America. Navy Department. Announced that
United States troops had occupied Andreanof Islands, in Aleutians,
and established airbases.
On the night of 3-4
October 1942, ten men of the British Small Scale Raiding Force
and No. 12 Commando (attached) made an offensive raid on the
isle of Sark, called Operation Basalt, to reconnoitre, and
take some prisoners.
During the raid, five prisoners were taken. To minimise the
task of the guard left with the captives, the commandos tied
the prisoners' hands. According to the British personnel,
one prisoner allegedly started shouting to alert those in
a hotel, and was shot dead. The remaining four prisoners were
silenced by stuffing their mouths, according to Anders Lassen,
with grass. En route to the beach, three prisoners made a
break. Whether or not some had freed their hands during the
firefight has never been established, nor is it known whether
all three broke at the same time. Two are believed to have
been shot and one stabbed. The fourth was conveyed safely
back to England. Officially sanctioned German military accounts
of the time assert unequivocally that the dead German soldiers
were found with their hands bound, and later German military
publications make many references to captured Commando instructions
ordering the tying of captives hands behind them, and the
use of a particularly painful method of knotting around the
thumbs to enable efficient, coercive, single-handed control
of the captive.
United States Army, Middle East Air Forces (USAMEAF). United
States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers
attack shipping in Pylos Bay during 3-4
October 1942. The heavy bombers claim 2 fighters shot down.
Tenth Air Force. India Air Task Force (IATF) is activated
at Dinjan to support Chinese resistance along Salween River
by hitting supply lines in central and South Burma. The new
task force, command by Colonel Caleb V Haynes, includes all
Army Air Forces combat units in India the 7th and 341st Bomber
and 51st Fighter Groups.
Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) A-20
Havoc light bombers bomb and strafe Efogi and Myola Lake,
P-40 fighters strafe Efogi-Buna trail, B-25 Mitchell medium
bombers hit bridge at Wairopi, and a lone B-17 Flying Fortress
heavy bombers bombs camp on Kumusi River.
Eleventh Air Force. 6 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 4 P-38 Lightning fighters, and
8 P-39 fighters bomb and strafe 7 vessels in and around Kiska
Harbour hitting a beached cargo vessel and the camp. The fighters
down 6 float fighters attempting interception. Enemy bombs
Adak airfield but inflicts no damage.
The first Aggregate
is successfully launched from the Peenemünde
Test Stand VII in Germany. The rocket flies 147 kilometres
wide and reaches a height of 84.5 kilometres, becoming the
first man made object to reach space.
Launched 3 October 1942
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