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24 Jun 1942
  • Axis air forces commenced an offensive against Yugoslavian partisans. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Luftwaffe aircraft conducted a raid on Birmingham, England. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | TH]
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • USS Perch was struck from the Naval Vessel Register of the US Navy. ww2dbase [Perch (Porpoise-class) | CPC]
  • German submarine U-156 sank British ship Willimantic with gunfire 700 miles southeast of Bermuda at 0904 hours; 6 were killed, 32 survived. At 0937 hours, 30 miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina, United States, U-404 sank Yugoslavian ship Ljubica Matkovic; all 30 aboard survived. At the mouth of the Delaware Bay on the US coast, US rescue tug vessel John R. Williams struck a mine and sank at 2005 hours; 14 were killed, 4 survived; the mine was laid by U-373 on 11 Jun. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell, with Song Meiling in his support, convinced Chiang Kaishek to agree to sending Chinese troops to India for training. ww2dbase [Chiang Kaishek | Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
  • Tsingtau was transferred from the 7th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla to the 8th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla. ww2dbase [Tsingtau | CPC]
  • Fleet tender Hai sustained some damage by Soviet aircraft. ww2dbase [F3 | CPC]
  • A US Navy PBY Catalina flying boat piloted by Lieutenant (jg) Julius Raven came across the survivors of USS S-27, which ran aground five days prior, on Amchitka Island, US Territory of Alaska by chance. The aircraft took off 15 survivors, and called for additional aircraft. ww2dbase [S-27 | Constantine Harbor, Amchitka | CPC]
Australia Australian Papua
  • Australian 39th Battalion and the British colonial Papua Infantry Battalion were deployed to defend the Kokoda Track, a rough jungle path that linked northeastern coast of the island of New Guinea with Port Moresby. On the same day, other Australian units departed from Port Moresby aboard Dutch ship Karsik and Bontekoe to construct new airfields on the coast of Milne Bay to the east. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • USS S-44 arrived at Lunga Roads off the northern coast of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [S-44 | Lunga Roads, Savo Sound | CPC]
France Russia
  • Five German Ju 88 bombers attacked Allied shipping at anchor in the Kola Inlet near Murmansk, Russia starting at 0908 hours, sinking British minesweeper HMS Gossamer at 0921 hours (23 were killed, 12 were wounded). ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Murmansk | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin signed the order that widened the range of crimes which would also result in the arrest of family members of the convicted. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | CPC]
United States
  • Queen Wilhelmina arrived in the United States. ww2dbase [Wilhelmina | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Jun 1942
Bell sliding down the building ways after being christened at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, 24 Jun 1942Corvette HMS Bluebell underway on the River Tyne, England, United Kingdom, 24 Jun 1942Damaged and partially disassembled F4F-3 Wildcat on Sand Island, Midway, circa 24-25 Jun 1942

24 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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