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5 Jun 1942
  • Kurt Daluege was named Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Nazi SS organization reported that 97,000 people had been killed in mobile gas vans. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US President Roosevelt threatened the use of poison gas against Japan if Japanese troops were to deploy poison gas in China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy Task Force 1 with 6 battleships and carrier Long Island made rendezvous west of San Francisco, California. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Unternehmen Vogellied (Operation Birdsong): In the Roslavl and Bryansk region in Russia, 5,000 German security troops tracked down a destroyed a 2,500-strong partisan group. ww2dbase [TH]
  • United States declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joichi Tomonaga passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tamon Yamaguchi went down with the sinking carrier Hiryu. He was promoted to the rank of vice admiral posthumously. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Ryusaku Yanagimoto passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tomeo Kaku passed away. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-172 sank US ship Delfina 120 miles north of Puerto Rico at 0608 hours; 4 were killed, 27 survived. At 2210 hours, U-94 sank Portuguese sailing ship Maria da Glória with her deck gun 650 miles east of St. John's Newfoundland; 2 were killed, 42 survived, but only 8 of the survivors would be rescued. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-158 sank US ship Velma Lykes 15 miles off Cancún, Mexico at 0332 hours; 15 were killed, 17 survived. 85 miles south of the Dominican Republic, U-159 sank Brazilian sail Paracury with her deck gun at 0527 hours. At 2010 hours, U-159 attacked again in the same area, sinking Honduran sailing vessel Sally with her deck. At 2049 hours, U-68 sank US tanker LJ Drake with 3 torpedoes off the Dominican Republic; all 40 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Free French submarine Rubis laid mines in the Bay of Biscay; they would later sink Vichy French ship Quand Meme, German minesweeper M-4212, and German minesweeper M-4448 in the weeks to come. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • Clarence Tinker led a group of B-24 Liberator bombers from Hawaii Islands to Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese merchant raiders Aikoku Maru and Hokoku Maru sank British passenger liner Elysia 350 miles off Durban, South Africa. To the north on the same day, off Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique, Japanese submarine I-10 sank Panamanian ship Atlantic Gulf at 0231 hours, I-10 sank US freighter Melvin H Baker at 1044 hours, and I-20 sank Panamanian ship Johnstown. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Libya
  • British troops mounted a large counter offensive south of Tobruk, Libya in Operation Aberdeen; it was met with initial success, but it was halted after German tanks penetrated into the area between British divisional field headquarters and disrupted communications. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Akagi was scuttled by direct order of Combined Fleet chief Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. At 0520 hours, she sank bow first after two or three torpedo hits out of four fired into her starboard side by Arashio, Hagikaze, Maikaze and Nowaki. She sank in position 30-30 N, 178-40 W. More than 1,070 survivors were rescued, including her skipper Taijiro Aoki, who had replaced Hasegawa in the spring, though he had to be ordered off the ship. Only 263 petty officers and men were lost. Survivors were subsequently transferred from destroyers to Mutsu, one of the battleships in Yamamoto's Main Body. Akagi became the first Japanese capital ship to be scuttled by own ships in the Pacific War. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • At 0015 hours, Yamamoto ordered the night engagement at Midway to be canceled; at 0255 hours, he ordered the entire Operation MI to be canceled. In the battle zone, heavily damaged Japanese carriers Akagi and Hiryu were scuttled. To the west, heavy cruisers Mogami and Mikuma suffered a collision as they attempted to avoid submarine USS Tambor; Mogami suffered 92 killed and heavy damage in the collision. Far to the north, in the Aleutian Islands, aircraft from Japanese carriers Ryujo and Junyo attacked Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska as Japanese troops occupied Attu. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • German troops continued the aerial and artillery bombardment of Sevastopol, Russia, using weapons including the 800mm railway gun Schwerer Gustav. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Bluefish was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • I-168 surfaced 1,100 yards southwest of Midway at 1024 hours and fired 6 shots with her 10-centimeter deck gun, inflicting no damage. When she was caught by American searchlights, she submerged and evaded American return-fire. She survived two subsequent attacks, one by a patrol vessel and another by PBY Catalina aircraft, incurring no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Jun 1942
Hiryu burning, photographed by a plane of carrier Hosho, 5 Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2Hiryu burning, photographed by a plane of carrier Hosho, 5 Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2Close-up view of Mogami during the Battle of Midway, showing damage, Jun 1942; photo was taken by a US Navy pilotDamaged ship at Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska, 5 Jun 1942
See all photos dated 5 Jun 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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