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6 Mar 1942
  • USS Lexington made rendezvous with USS Yorktown and sailed for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Lexington (Lexington-class) | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown made rendezvous with USS Lexington and sailed for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • HMS Indomitable launched the Hurricane fighters of No. 30 Squadron for Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Indomitable | CPC]
  • German submarine U-505 sank Norwegian tanker Sydhav off Sierra Leone, British West Africa at 1131 hours; 12 were killed, 24 survived. Also in that morning, Italian submarine Tazzoli sank Dutch freighter Astrea in the Central Atlantic. Tazzoli struck again at 2215 hours, sinking Norwegian ship Tønsberg Fjord; all 33 aboard survived. At 2306 hours, 150 miles south of Iceland, U-701 sank British fishing trawler Rononia, killing all 11 aboard. Italian submarine Finzi sank French tanker Melpomene; all 49 aboard survived. Finally, 50 miles south of Newfoundland, German submarine U-587 sank Greenland merchant ship Hans Egede, killing all 23 aboard. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | Giuseppe Finzi | CPC]
  • Merchant ship El Occidente and Soviet anti-submarine whaler Stefa fell out of Allied convoy PQ-12 in poor weather. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Commander Gerald D. Linke was named the commanding officer of USS Helena, relieving Captain Robert Henry English, Jr. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | CPC]
  • Karl Burk was promoted to the rank of SS-StandartenfĂĽhrer. ww2dbase [Karl Burk | CPC]
  • Ariake and Yugure received fuel from ships of the First Supply Unit. ww2dbase [Yugure | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 torpedoed and sunk the Norwegian tanker Sydhav off British West Africa (Sierra Leone). 12 were killed and 24 were rescued. ww2dbase [U-505 | Second Happy Time | DS]
  • Anglo-Indian and Japanese troops clashed at various roadblocks near Rangoon, Burma. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | Rangoon | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies, damaging Dutch minesweeper Jan van Amstel, killing 23. Dutch sailors scuttled minesweepers C and Pieter de Bitter, also at Surabaya, to prevent capture. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | Surabaya, Java | CPC]
  • The first conference on the plan to sterilize persons of mixed blood in Germany was held. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii Malaya Norway
  • German battleship Tirpitz and 4 destroyers departed Trondheim, Norway to intercept Allied convoys PQ-12 and QP-8, which departed from Reykjavik in Iceland for Murmansk in Russia and from Murmansk in Russia for HvalfjörĂ°ur in Iceland, respectively. The British Royal Navy learned of this departure via Ultra decryption and dispatched a fleet centered around battleships HMS Duke of York, HMS King George V, and HMS Renown to attack. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 6 Mar 1942
British officer studying a captured German 2.8cm sPzB 41 anti-tank gun, North Africa, 6 Mar 1942USS St. Louis off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 6 Mar 1942Overhead view of the after decks of cruiser USS St. Louis at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, USS, 6 Mar 1942.Overhead view of the forward decks of cruiser USS St. Louis at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, USS, 6 Mar 1942.
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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