Today in World War II History—October 13, 1942
80 Years Ago—Oct. 13, 1942: First US Army troops land on Guadalcanal, the 164th Infantry Regiment, joining the US Marines.
On Guadalcanal, Japanese naval shelling makes Henderson Field inoperable.
First flight of the North American Mustang Mk.X with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, in Hucknall, England; the engine transforms the Mustang into a high-altitude, long-distance fighter.