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14 Mar 1942
  • USS Astoria was assigned to Task Force 17. ww2dbase [Astoria (New Orleans-class) | CPC]
  • German submarine U-67 sank Panamanian tanker Penelope 200 miles west of Dominica at 0200 hours; 2 were killed, 47 survived. In the same general area, U-67 sank Canadian ship Sarniadoc, killing the entire crew of 21. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • 6 British motor torpedo boats and 3 motor gunboats unsuccessfully attacked German armed merchant cruiser Michel off Dover, England, United Kingdom at 0300 hours. At dawn, British destroyers HMS Blencathra, HMS Calpe, HMS Fernie, HMS Walpole, and HMS Windsor led motor torpedo boats for another attack; Michel was able to escape once again with slight damage and 1 killed, while HMS Fernie and HMS Walpole were also damaged. ww2dbase [Michel | CPC]
  • Italian submarine Mocenigo sank French vessel Ste. Marcelle 17 miles east of Gibraltar. Further east, at 1323 hours, British submarine HMS Ultimatum sank Italian submarine Millo off Calabria, Italy with four torpedoes; 55 were killed, 15 survived (14 of whom were captured by HMS Ultimatum). At 1700 hours, German submarine U-133 struck a mine and sank two hours after departing her base at Salamis Island, Greece; all 45 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 9 Japanese bombers attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua while 5 bombers attacked the airfield on Horn Island, Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the German naval and air forces to focus on hitting the Allied Arctic convoys. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • German submarine U-404 sank US collier Lemuel Burrows 5 kilometers southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States at 0828 hours; 20 were killed, 1 survived. U-124 set British tanker British Resource on fire with a torpedo 260 miles north of Bermuda at 2118 hours; 46 were killed, 5 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • The US Navy transferred the 40th Reconnaissance Squadron to US Army's 19th Bomb Group at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [Townsville, Queensland | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Dutch East Indies
  • Naka was named the flagship for the Christmas Island invasion force. ww2dbase [Naka | Makassar, Celebes | CPC]
  • US Air Force 51st Pursuit Squadron, originally destined for Java in the Dutch East Indies, arrived at Karachi, India. ww2dbase [Karachi | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur arrived at Del Monte Airfield in Bukidnon province, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | Bukidnon | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Whale was launched at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States, sponsored by the wife of Captain A. D. Denny, the commanding officer of the shipyard. ww2dbase [Whale | Mare Island Navy Yard | Vallejo, California | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1942
Erich Raeder, Wilhelm Keitel, Erhard Milch, Heinrich Himmler, Friedrich Fromm, and Georg-Hans Reinhardt during Memorial Day ceremony, Berlin, Germany, 14 Mar 1942Wilhelm Keitel, Heinrich Himmler, and Erhard Milch awaiting before the armory for Adolf HitlerCommandantAttorney General of California Earl Warren speaking at the launching ceremony of submarine Whale, Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States 14 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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