Today in World War II History—Nov. 3, 1942 POSTED: Friday, November 3, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Lockheed Ventura of No. 21 Squadron RAF over IJmuiden, the Netherlands, 13 February 1943 (Imperial War Museum) 75 Years Ago—Nov. 3, 1942: RAF flies first combat mission with Lockheed Ventura medium bombers, over the Netherlands. Hitler orders Rommel not to retreat at El Alamein in Egypt. On Guadalcanal, US Marines take Point Cruz and land at Koli Point.