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17 Jun 1942
  • German submarine U-584 delivered four German agents to Jacksonville, Florida. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Emidji. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • The US War Department advised the Army to discontinue the recruitment of Nisei, American citizens of Japanese parentage, all of whom were to be re-classified As "IV-C": unacceptable for service because of ancestry. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese tanker in the Pacific Ocean with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | CPC]
  • 12 German Ju 88 bombers attacked British destroyer HMS Wild Swan and a group of Spanish trawlers 225 miles west of Land's End, England, United Kingdom; HMS Wild Swan shot down 6 aircraft, but sank after colliding with a Spanish trawler during the battle; 31 British sailers were killed in the sinking and 133 survived; 11 Spanish fishermen were killed. US ship Santore struck a mine and sank in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, United States; 3 were killed, 43 survived; the mine was laid by German submarine U-701 on 11 Jun 1942. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-161 stopped Dominican sailing boat Ciudad Trujillo in the Caribbean Sea, capturing her cargo of fruit, and released the boat along with 8 prisoners captured from sailing boat Nueva Altagracia on the previous day. In the Gulf of Mexico, 280 miles south of Galveston, Texas, United States, U-158 sank Panamanian ship San Blas at 0450 hours (30 were killed, 14 survived) and Norwegian tanker Moira at 1300 hours (1 was killed, 18 survived). At 2300 hours, U-129 sank US ship Millinocket 10 miles north of Cuba; 11 were killed, 24 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • U-132 left wolfpack Endrass. ww2dbase [U-132 | CPC]
  • USS S-28 sighted Kiska, US Territory of Alaska ww2dbase [S-28 | Kiska | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted three smoke columns at the horizon in the Atlantic Ocean at 2207 hours, but lost contact shortly after. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
  • Morosini reported her position in the Atlantic Ocean at 0045 hours. ww2dbase [Morosini | CPC]
  • The German government confirmed that submarine U-201 had mistakenly damaged neutral Argentinian motor tanker Victoria in the Atlantic Ocean on 18 Apr 1942 and expressed regret. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | HM]
  • HMS Eagle arrived at Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Eagle | CPC]
Japan Libya
  • Axis troops surrounded Tobruk, Libya; to the east, Axis troops pursued the Allied forces falling back toward Egypt. ww2dbase [Battle of Gazala | CPC]
  • In Libya, Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down 3 Hurricane fighters and three P-40 fighters between 1202 and 1212 hours over Gambut, Libya, increasing his score to 101 kills. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Gambut | CPC]
  • Tu Yuntan (Tu Yuen-ten), a Chinese diplomat in the Panama embassy, relieved Shen Jinding (Shen Ching-ting) as the Chinese ambassador to Honduras. He would remain in Panama City and would never set up an embassy in Honduras. ww2dbase [Panama City | CPC]
  • Soviet defense lines north of Sevastopol, Russia began to collapse as German troops captured Fort Maxim Gorky, Fort Molotov, Fort Schishkova, Fort Volga, and Fort Siberia. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Sevastopol | CPC]
United States
  • The US Navy Gulf Sea Frontier (GULFSEAFRON) headquarters was moved from Key West to Miami, both of which were in Florida, United States. ww2dbase [Miami, Florida | CPC]
  • Winston Churchill and Alan Brooke arrived in Washington DC, United States to finalise the Anglo-American strategy for 1942-1943. ww2dbase [Second Washington Conference | Washington | AC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Jun 1942
F4F-4 Wildcat on the catapult of Long Island, 17 Jun 1942Crewmen spotting F4F-4 Wildcat fighter in Long IslandSOC-3A Seagull aircraft landing on escort carrier Long Island, 17 Jun 1942Six US Navy flag officers muster for an awards ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 17 Jun 1942 following the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway.
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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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