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2 Jun 1941
  • Long Island was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Before dawn, German bombers attacked Manchester and Salford in England, United Kingdom in the early hours of the day; 70 were killed and 86 were seriously injured. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • In light of the successful campaign at Crete, Greece, Göring boasted that there was no such thing as an unconquerable island, hinting a similar fate for Britain. As for the killings of German paratroopers by civilians at Crete, Göring officially ordered reprisals to be conducted as if the killers were partisan fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • RAF bombers conducted a raid in the Ruhr region of Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Vichy French government published anti-Semitic legislation based on German laws; among it was the banning of Jews from holding public office. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-147 attacked Allied convoy OB-329 northwest of Ireland, damaging Belgian ship Mokambo (all 47 aboard survived), but was destroyed by depth charges from British destroyer HMS Wanderer and corvette HMS Periwinkle, killing all 26 German sailors aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-108 sank British catapult-armed merchant ship Michael E. about 1,050 miles west of Land's End, England, United Kingdom at 2043 hours; 4 were killed, 47 survived. The Hurricane fighter aboard was also lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon
  • Vichy French aircraft claimed a British Blenheim aircraft shot down over Syria-Lebanon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort reported to the main US Navy building at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii for his new duty heading up a cryptanalysis section. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met again at the Brenner Pass on the Italian-Austrian border. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jun 1941
Killed Greek civilians in Kondomari, Crete, Greece, 2 Jun 1941

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
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