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28 Jun 1942
  • Unternehmen Blau, the German summer offensive, began; 3 armies and 11 armored divisions began driving towards the Caucasus Mountains. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | TH]
  • Axis forces captured Fuka and Mersa Matruh, Egypt. ww2dbase [Battle of Mersa Matruh | CPC]
  • The STAVKA relieved Ivan Bagramyan as the chief of staff of the Southwestern Front after the defeat in the Second Battle of Kharkov in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Ivan Bagramyan | CPC]
  • German submarine U-332 sank US ship Raphael Semmes 1,000 miles east of Florida, United States at 1030 hours; 19 were killed, 18 survived. U-203 sank US ship Sam Houston 100 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands at 1538 hours; 8 were killed, 38 survived. U-701 sank US tanker William Rockefeller 50 miles off the coast of North Carolina, United States at 1816 hours; all 50 aboard survived. U-505 sank US ship Sea Thrush 300 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands at 1855 hours; all 66 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-154 sank US ship Tillie Lykes 100 miles south of the Dominican Republic at 0350 hours; all 33 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • German submarine U-97 attacked a 3-ship Allied convoy 14 miles southwest of Haifa, Palestine, sinking British ship Zealand (14 were killed, 19 survived) and Greek ship Memas (8 were killed, 17 survived). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Stingray attacked a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Sea and sank gunboat Saikyo Maru. ww2dbase [Stingray | CPC]
  • B-17 bombers of US 5th Air Force, based in Australia, attack Rabaul, New Britain and Lae, New Guinea. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • USS S-28 arrived at Dutch Habor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [S-28 | Unalaska | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean Black Sea
  • German bombers damaged Soviet destroyer leader Tashkent in the Black Sea; Tashkent was able to sail to Novorossisk, Russia to receive repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • PBY aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-14 attacked Tulagi, Soloman Islands. ww2dbase [Tulagi | CPC]
  • Alpino Bagnolini arrived at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Aquitaine, France at 0725 hours, ending her eighth war patrol. She departed at 1247 hours and arrived at Bordeaux, France at 1900 hours. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Aquitaine | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille received Swords for his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal from Adolf Hitler at Wolfsschanze near Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany. He also received Oak Leaves for his Knight's Cross, an award he had won earlier in this month. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Rastenburg, Ostpreußen | CPC]
Hawaii Indian Ocean Japan
  • Nachi departed Ominato Guard District, Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan to cover a convoy bound for Kiska, Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Nachi | Mutsu, Aomori | CPC]
  • Before dawn, Italian torpedo boats staged a fake landing at Cape Fiolent south of Sevastopol, Russia as a diversion from the preparations for a major offensive north of the city. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Sevastopol | CPC]
  • Gruppe von Weichs of the German Army attacked on a 90-mile front in Russia with its left south of Orel and its right on Oboyan. Colonel-General Maximilian von Weichs sent in his own 2nd Army, the 4th Panzerarmee (Colonel-General Hermann Hoth), and the Hungarian 2nd Army (Colonel-General GusztĂĄv Jany), in all 23 divisions, including three Panzer and two motorised. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Royal Navy Home Fleet (carrier HMS Victorious, battleship HMS Duke of York, with cruisers and destroyers), reinforced by US battleship USS Washington, departed from Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom to provide distant cover for Allied convoy PQ-17 sailing from Iceland to Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Scapa Flow | Arctic Convoys | Scapa Flow, Scotland | CPC]
  • German bombers attacked Weston-super-Mare in southwestern England, United Kingdom, killing 102 and wounding 400; German intelligence had incorrectly determined that Winston Churchill was at Weston-super-Mare this night. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Weston-super-Mare, England | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1942
Adolf Hitler and Hans-Joachim Marseille at Wolfsschanze headquarters, Rastenburg, Germany, 28 Jun 1942Marinship yard under construction three months after its contract was awarded to Bechtel Corp., 28 Jun 1942, Sausalito, California, United States. The first keel had been laid one day earlier.

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