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22 May 1942
  • Five Japanese I-class submarines, carrying 4 midget submarines and 1 aircraft, departed for Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-588 sank US freighter Plow City 150 kilometers east of New Jersey, United States at 2010 hours, killing 1 of 30 aboard. U-158 sank Canadian ship Frank B. Baird with the deck gun 465 miles southeast of Bermuda; all 23 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-753 stopped British schooner E. P. Theriault with the deck gun 90 miles north of Cuba at 0730 hours and damaged her with depth charges during a failed scuttling attempt; the wreck would float and beach at Cuba, where she would later be repaired and pressed into Cuban service. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese merchant ship Naruto Maru arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Yokosuka, Japan and departed for Kure, Japan later that day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Mexico declared war on the Axis powers. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Ukraine, German 14th Division and 16th Panzer Division occupied Chepel and Bayrak, while 3rd Panzer Division and 23rd Panzer Division reached Chervonyi Donets and Krasnaia Gusarovka, closing the gap on the Soviet forces near Izium. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Kharkov | Kharkov | TH, CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 22 May 1942
Comrades of Rifleman John Beeley of 1st King’s Royal Rifle Corps who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross at Battle of Sidi Rezegh on 21 Nov 1941 are working on his cross, 22 May 1942.

22 May 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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