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13 Jan 1942
  • Tirpitz passed through the Kiel Canal and arrived at Brunsb├╝ttel at the canal's western end to refuel. She departed for Wilhelmshaven later on the same day. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
  • German bombers attacked Lowestoft, Suffolk and Redcar, Yorkshire in England, United Kingdom during daylight hours; minor attacks were also conducted over Aberdeenshire, Scotland and the Shetland Islands. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • Allied convoy DM1 arrived at Singapore from Durban, South Africa, delivering 9,100 troops, anti-aircraft guns, and 52 Hurricane fighters (with 24 pilots). ww2dbase [Invasion of Malaya and Singapore | CPC]
  • West of Moscow, Russia, Soviet 11th Army and German 18th Motorised Division clashed at Staraya Russa, while Soviet 29th, 39th Army, and (further away to the southwest) 11th Cavalry Corps attacked German 9th Army at Rhzev. ww2dbase [Rzhev-Vyazma Offensive and the Demyansk Pocket | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft struck Ambon, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Celebes and Moluccas | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-130 sank Norwegian ship Frisco off Nova Scotia, Canada at 0116 hours and Panamanian ship Friar Rock at 0948 hours. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • A test pilot of the He 280 prototype aircraft encountered icing problems and was forced to use the aircraft's compressed air ejection seat to bail out. This was the first use of such emergency ejection system in the world. ww2dbase [He 280 | CPC]
Hawaii Japan
  • Japanese Naval General Staff arranged a meeting with the Bureau of Naval Construction to discuss the construction of submarines capable of carrying attack aircraft. ww2dbase [I-400-class | CPC]
  • S-36 suffered a failure with the port main motor while in the Sulu Sea. ww2dbase [S-36 | Sulu Sea | CPC]
Russia United Kingdom
  • The Allied conference in London, England, United Kingdom pledged to punish Axis war criminals after the war. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]

13 Jan 1942 Interactive Map

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

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