This Day in History: 1942-10-23
Great Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt, resulting in an Allied victory. German units go through Red October factory in Stalingrad. The first ships from the U.S. leave Norfolk for Morocco to participate in “Operation Torch” invasion. All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Force bomber near Palm Springs, California. Among the victims is composer Ralph Rainger (“Thanks for the Memory”).