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18 Jun 1942
  • American bombers raided Japanese shipping in Kiska harbor in the Aleutian Islands, sinking fleet tanker Nissan Maru. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Taroa, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • USS S-28 fired on a Japanese destroyer but it failed to hit the target. She was attacked by the destroyer with depth charges but it caused no damage. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
  • Robie Ellis Palmer was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack. ww2dbase [Pollack | CPC]
  • German submarine U-124 attacked Allied convoy ONS-102 with 6 torpedoes 500 miles east of Newfoundland at 0622 hours, seriously damaging US ship Seattle Spirit (4 were killed, 51 survived), which was later scuttled by Canadian corvette HMCS Agassiz with gunfire. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-159 sank Dutch ship Flora 12 miles off Colombia at 0245 hours; all 37 aboard survived, but one of them would die before reaching land. At 0500 hours, U-172 sank British tanker Motorex with gunfire 80 miles off Panama in the Caribbean Sea; 1 was killed, 20 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • British destroyer HMS Albrighton, gun boat SGB 7, and gun boat SGB 8 attacked a German convoy in the Baie de la Seine off France; SGB 7 sank one German supply ship with a torpedo, but was destroyed by a counterattack (4 were killed; 7 were survivors captured). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Edmund Wooldridge was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Edmund Wooldridge | CPC]
  • USS S-27 reconnoitered Constantine Harbor, Amchitka Island, US Territory of Alaska, planned site of the future Amchitka Airfield. ww2dbase [S-27 | Constantine Harbor, Amchitka | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Comandante Cappellini sighted a small vessel on the horizon in the Atlantic Ocean at 2311 hours, but lost contact shortly after. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
Black Sea
  • Italian midget submarine CB-2 sank a Soviet submarine in the Black Sea; according to Soviet sources, the victim was ShCh-213, but according to Italian sources, the victim was ShCh-306. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • The first Allied air photographic reconnaissance mission over Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands was conducted by US 435th Bombardment Squadron. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | Guadalcanal | CPC]
  • Axis troops captured the supply road between Bardia and Tobruk in Libya; to the west, Axis troops captured RAF Gambut 40 miles west of Tobruk. ww2dbase [Battle of Gazala | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille boarded a Ju 52 aircraft at Benghazi, Libya for Naples, Italy, where he was to transfer to Rome, Italy for his final destination of Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Benghazi | CPC]
Pacific Ocean Russia
  • German 132nd Infantry Division attacked Soviet Coastal Battery No. 12 near Sevastopol, Russia at 1100 hours, capturing it by 1900 hours. Nearby, German 24th Infantry Division overran Soviet defenses at Bartenyevka. At the docks, Italian torpedo boats performed a raid, damaging landing craft. Out at sea, destroyer leader Kharkov was damaged by German aircraft. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Sevastopol | CPC]
United States
  • German submarine U-584 landed four German saboteurs at Ponte Vedra Beach near Jacksonville, Florida, United States; the four men would soon board trains for Chicago, Illinois and Cincinnati, Ohio. ww2dbase [Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida | CPC]
  • USAT Ancon arrived in San Francisco, California, United States. ww2dbase [Ancon | San Francisco, California | CPC]
  • Fred Korematsu was arraigned in San Francisco, California, United States. Despite having posted bail, US military police took custody of Korematsu, refusing to let him go free. Korematsu was taken to the Presidio in northern San Francisco. ww2dbase [Fred Korematsu | San Francisco, California | CPC]
  • The order for the construction of HMS Atheling was issued. ww2dbase [Corregidor | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Jun 1942
Decoy aircraft at Kiska, Aleutian Islands, US Territory of Alaska, 18 Jun 1942Doolittle Raiders John Hilger, Charles Greening, Thomas White, Donald Smith, Dean Davenport, W. R. Pound, William Bower, James Macia, and Denver Trulove in Washingoton DC, United States, 18 Jun 1942German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel observing the field near El Alamein, Egypt, 18 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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