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11 Jun 1942
  • Armidale was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Permit completed her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 5 miles north of Cuba, German submarine U-157 sank US tanker Hagan 5 miles off northern Cuba at 1010 hours; 6 were killed, 38 survived. German submarines U-569 and U-94 sank British ship Pontypridd 500 miles east of Newfoundland; 2 were killed, 46 survived). U-455 sank British tanker Geo H Jones 500 miles northeast of the Azores islands; 2 were killed, 40 survived. German armed merchant cruiser Michel shelled British freighter Lylepark in the South Atlantic; 20 were killed, 21 survived and were captured, 4 survived and escaped capture. Also on this day, on the US coast, U-373 and U-701 laid mines just at the mouth of the Delaware Bay and off Virginia Beach, respectively, which would cause sinkings in the days to come. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Troops of the 2nd Canadian Division conducted practice for the raid on Dieppe. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Several American PBY Catalina aircraft from seaplane tender Gillis in Nazan Bay, Atka Island began a two-day raid on Japanese ships and positions on Kiska, Aleutian Islands, but ultimately would fail to drive the Japanese from the island. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Eichmann met with representatives from France, Belgium, and Holland to coordinate the deportation of Jews. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Robert Saundby was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-159 attacked a small Allied convoy off Panama in the Caribbean Sea, sinking British ship Fort Good Hope; 2 were killed, 45 survived. U-504 sank Norwegian passenger liner Crijnssen (1 was killed, 92 survived) and US ship American (4 were killed, 34 survived) 50 miles southwest of Grand Cayman Island. To the north, in the Gulf of Mexico, U-158 sank Panamanian tanker Sheherazade south of Louisiana, United States; 1 was killed, 58 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Arthur Coningham was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS S-35 received orders to return to Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska to replenish supplies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Libya
  • French troops evacuated Bir Hakeim, Libya after 16 days of stubborn defense that incurred 3,330 casualties on the Axis side; the French suffered 1,084 casualties while defending this fort; 500 seriously wounded troops were left behind in the fort. During the evacuation, heavy German artillery bombardment caused a panic and caused several French vehicles to drive off of the cleared path into surrounding minefields, detonating several in the process. The retreating forces made contact with British forces at 0400 hours. With Bir Hakeim secured, the Germans pushed toward El Adem later in the day and Knightsbridge in the evening. After 1900 hours, a few long range shots were exchanged between British and German tanks, but Erwin Rommel chose not to engaged in full combat that night. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • In the El Adem, Libya area, Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down two British Hurricane fighters, Flight Sergeant Graves at 1625 hours and Australian Pilot Officer Charles William Parry Persse at 1635 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Two convoys trying to reach Malta were attacked by aircraft, warships and submarines. Twelve British warships and merchantmen were sunk and eleven were damaged. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Russia
  • The German Luftwaffe flew 1,044 sorties over Sevastopol, Russia, dropping 954 tons of bombs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Skipjack arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California for a scheduled overhaul. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Flying Fish completed refitting at Midway Atoll and departed for Japanese waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Jun 1942
Battleship North Carolina at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 11 Jun 1940

11 Jun 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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