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11 Aug 1942
  • German submarine U-73 sank British carrier HMS Eagle 130 kilometers south of Cape Salinas on the Spanish island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea; 131 were killed, 929 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Mediterranean Sea, British aircraft carrier HMS Furious launched 37 Spitfire fighters to Malta and then reversed course for Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German 250th Infantry Division, consisted of Spanish volunteers, was redeployed on the Volkhov River near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marines, using captured Japanese bulldozer and various equipment, continued the construction of an airfield that was to be named Henderson Field. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Observation Squadron 251 was set up at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides with 16 F4F-3 Wildcat fighters modified for long-range photographic missions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-130 sank Norwegian ship Mirlo 870 miles west of Freetown, British West Africa at 1427 hours; all 37 aboard survived. At 1913 hours, U-109 sank British tanker Vimeira 1,050 miles west of Freetown; 17 were killed, 37 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS Finback conducted a survey mission in Tanaga Bay, Tanaga, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Czechoslovakia
  • Vojtech Tuka ordered the deportation of Slovakian Jews to German-occupied Poland to halt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • 154 British bombers (68 Wellington, 33 Lancaster, 28 Stirling, and 25 Halifax) attacked Mainz, Germany, killing 162 and destroying many buildings in the city center; 6 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Mediterranean Sea
  • The first Axis air attacks from Sardinia, Italy, against the Pedestal convoy to Malta were beaten off. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wolverine rammed and sank the Italian submarine Dagabur as she attempted to torpedo the aircraft carrier HMS Furious, which was returning to Gibraltar. ww2dbase [AC]
Russia
  • Submarine S-7 arrived at Moshchny Island near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 6th Army captured Kalach in southern Russia and linked up with German 4th Panzer Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Several Soviet ships were scuttled at Novorossiysk, Russia to prevent capture. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Aug 1942
HMS Eagle listing in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 Aug 1942HMS Rodney (left), HMS Manchester (right), and other ships of the Operation Pedestal convoy under air attack while sailing for Malta, 11 Aug 1942USS Wolverine running trials off Buffalo, New York, United States, 11 Aug 1942Three Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns in the left wing of an F4U-1 Corsair fighter, Aug 11, 1942

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

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