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17 Jun 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Emidji. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese tanker in the Pacific Ocean with 2 of 7 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-132 left wolfpack Endrass. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-202 delivered four German agents to Jacksonville, Florida. ww2dbase [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]
  • 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-28 sighted Kiska, US Territory of Alaska ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | HM]
  • HMS Eagle arrived at Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Axis troops surrounded Tobruk, Libya; to the east, Axis troops pursued the Allied forces falling back toward Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | 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 [CPC]
  • Winston Churchill and Alan Brooke arrived in Washington DC, United States to finalise the Anglo-American strategy for 1942-1943. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 1942Killed German tankers near Stalingrad, Russia, 17 Jun 1942
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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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