Solomons – Operation Watchtower: US MARINES LAND ON GUADALCANAL and Tulagi. On the former the few Japanese construction troops and Korean labourers flee into the jungle. Small Japanese garrison on Tulagi annihilated after fierce fighting. Marines rename half-completed airfield on Guadalcanal ‘Henderson Field’, after a hero of Battle of Midway.
Western Desert: General Gott, 8th Army C-in-C designate, killed when plane shot down.