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10 May 1942
  • In response to reports that Germany might use gas weapons against Soviet troops, Churchill promised that the forces of the United Kingdom would retaliate with gas weapons if German launched them first. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Thai Phayap Army invaded Shan State, Burma. In western Burma, Gurkha units, rearguard to the British general retreat, held off another Japanese assault throughout the afternoon; they also withdrew westwards after sundown. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • A Japanese invasion force departed Rabaul for Ocean (Banaba) and Nauru Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A new concentration camp was opened near the village of Maly Trostenets near Minsk, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • American submarine USS Porpoise rescued 5 USAAF pilots near New Guinea. ww2dbase [Porpoise | CPC]
  • German submarine U-506 damaged US tanker Aurora 50 kilometers south of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, killing 1 of 50 aboard; Aurora was later towed to Algiers, Louisiana for repairs. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Commander Koukichi Mori was named the commander officer of destroyer Yuzuki. ww2dbase [Yuzuki | CPC]
  • P-51 Mustang fighters saw combat for the first time with RAF pilots in the cockpits. ww2dbase [P-51 Mustang | CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Thor stopped Australian cargo and passenger transport Nankin with gunfire 1,500 miles west of Australia at 1430 hours, killing 2; Nankin's crew attempted to scuttle the ship, but the attempt was stopped by a boarding party from Thor which took control of the ship. ww2dbase [Thor | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-588 sank British ship Kitty's Brook 35 miles off of Nova Scotia, Canada; 9 were killed, 25 survived. To the south, U-333 sank British ship Clan Skene 300 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States; 9 were killed, 73 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • 125 miles southeast of Accra, British West Africa (now Ghana), USS Ranger launched 68 US Army P-40 fighters of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron for transfer to nearby airfields. ww2dbase [Ranger | DS]
Australia Australian New Guinea
  • Shokaku arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • USS S-44 attempted to move into an attack position against a target near Cape St. George, New Ireland, but she was spotted by Japanese escort vessels and was attacked. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
  • Operation MG2 commenced from Alexandria, Egypt with British destroyers HMS Kipling, HMS Jackal, HMS Jervis, and HMS Lively aiming to intercept an Axis convoy from Italy to Benghazi, Libya. ww2dbase [Alexandria | CPC]
Japan Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down two South African Hurricane fighters, Captain Cobbledick at 0913 hours and Lieutenant Flesker at 0915 hours, southeast of Martuba, Libya, raising his kill score to 56. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Martuba | CPC]
  • German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring prematurely announced that Malta had been neutralized. On the same day, British minelayer HMS Welshman, disguised as a French destroyer, arrived at Grand Harbour at Malta with RAF personnel and 240 tons of supplies. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | TH, CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Just before midnight, destroyer USS Cummings crossed the equator heading south at longitude 163 39 12W en route from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to NoumĂ©a, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Cummings | DS]
  • Sazanami joined Yugure at 1200 hours in escorting Shokaku to Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Yugure | CPC]
  • A convoy from San Francisco escorted by USS St. Louis met with a convoy from San Diego that included USS Kitty Hawk. The two convoys joined and continued on toward Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. ww2dbase [Kitty Hawk | St. Louis | DS]
  • Gato-class submarine USS Silversides engaged in her first combat of the war, making a surface attack on Japanese guardboat No.5 Ebisu Maru 600 miles southeast of Japan. Ebisu Maru returned fire with machine guns and rifles, killing a man on Silversides’ gun crew. Ebisu Maru was set ablaze and left to sink. Torpedomans Mate 3rd-class Mike Harbin was buried at sea later that same day. Ebisu Maru was heavily damaged but was able to return to port. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Silversides | DS]
  • US Army General William Sharp received orders from General Jonathan Wainwright to surrender all US and Filipino troops on Mindanao, Philippine Islands, which he complied. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
Puerto Rico
  • 20th Troop Carrier Squadron of US Sixth Air Force Base Command was assigned to Losey Field in Puerto Rico. ww2dbase [Losey Field | Juana DĂ­az | CPC]
  • The German 11th Army pushed through Soviet positions and advanced toward Sevastopol, Russia. Meanwhile, Axis aircraft attacked Soviet vessel Chernomorets evacuating 500 wounded troops from the Crimean Peninsula; all aboard the vessel were killed. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 10 May 1942
SOC-3A Seagull aircraft of VGS-1 parked on the flight deck of escort carrier Long Island, 10 May 1942Grumman Martlet of 888 Squadron of British Fleet Air Arm taxiing on HMS Formidable after landing, circa 24 Apr-10 May 1942; HMS Warspite and AMC Alaunia in backgroundSoviet war-time newspapers, 10 May 1942

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