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22 Jun 1942
  • Erwin Rommel was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarshall. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Norwegian tanker Nortind, damaged by German submarine U-67 in the Gulf of Mexico two days prior, arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, United States for repairs. German submarine U-159 disabled US tanker E. J. Sadler with gunfire 175 miles south of Puerto Rico at 2035 hours; all 36 aboard escaped via 4 lifeboats. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • 9 Beaufort aircraft of British No. 217 Squadron and 6 Beaufighter aircraft of No. 235 Squadron were launched from Malta to attack an Axis convoy sailing from Naples, Italy to Tripoli, Libya; German freighter Reichenfels was sunk while 3 Beaufort aircraft were shot down (7 were killed). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Swordfish torpedo bombers of 830 Squadron of British Fleet Air Arm were launched from Malta to attack Italian destroyer Strale, forcing Strale to run aground near Cape Bon, Tunisia to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In a message to Admiral Ernest King, Vice Admiral Russell Wilson recommended against the proposal to award the Distinguished Service Medal to Joseph Rochefort; this fact was not known to Rochefort. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the Comanding General, China-Burma-India Theater. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • The crew of USS S-27 reboarded the submarine, which had run aground south of Amchitka in the US Territory of Alaska two days prior, and recovered supplies. Due to the detection of chlorine gas, the crew would not make another attempt to board the wreck again. ww2dbase [S-27 | Amchitka | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Five days after the German government expressed regret for U-201 damaging neutral Argentinian motor tanker Victoria in Apr 1942, German submarine U-202 (Korvettenkapitän Hans-Heinz Linderand) sank Argentinian cargo ship Rio Tercero 120 miles southeast of New York, New York, United States at 1234 hours; 5 were killed, 37 survived. This led to demonstrations off the German Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Once again Germany acknowledged her responsibility and offered to pay reparations and gave assurances that no further attacks on Argentine vessel would be made. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC, HM]
Australia Australian New Guinea
  • Montevideo Maru boarded 845 prisoners of war (mostly Australian) and 208 civilian internees at Rabaul, New Britain and set sail for southern China without escort. ww2dbase [Montevideo Maru | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • 227 British RAF aircraft (144 Wellington, 38 Stirling, 26 Halifax, 11 Lancaster, and 8 Hampden) attacked Emden, Germany, destroying 50 houses, damaging harbor facilities, and killing 6 civilians (further 40 were injured); 6 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Emden, Weser-Ems | CPC]
  • Saratoga departed Pearl Harbor. US Territory of Hawaii to ferry aircraft to Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Saratoga | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
Japan Libya Marshall Islands
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Wotje, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | Wotje | CPC]
Russia Sweden
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-317 sank Swedish ship Ada Thorthon 5 miles west of Gotland island in the Baltic Sea; 14 were killed, 8 survived. ww2dbase [ShCh-317 | Gotland | CPC]
  • German forces launched Operation Fridericus II near Kharkov, Ukraine in preparation for Unternehmen Blau. A He 111 bomber of 9. Staffel of KG 55 scored a lucky hit with a 1,000-kg bomb on a bridge over the River Oskol at Kupiansk about 100 kilometers (about 50 miles) southeast of Kharkov, causing serious logistics problems for the Soviets. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | Kharkov | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 22 Jun 1942
German generals Erwin Rommel and Fritz Bayerlein in Tobruk, Libya, circa late Jun 1942, photo 1 of 2; note British POWs in left of photoGerman generals Erwin Rommel and Fritz Bayerlein in Tobruk, Libya, circa late Jun 1942, photo 2 of 2

22 Jun 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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