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11 Jul 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Kupang, Timor and departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • The US Marines headquarters unit arrived in New Zealand. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US military personnel studied the "Akutan Zero", a Zero fighter that had crashed in the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [A6M Zero | CPC]
  • Japanese leadership abandoned the plans to capture New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-203 sank Panamanian tanker Stanvac Palembang 50 miles northeast of Trinidad at 0352 hours; 5 were killed, 45 survived. American pilots John Haggin and Wynant Farr of the Civil Air Patrol based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States reported the sinking of an enemy submarine 25 miles east of Absecon, New Jersey; this sinking was not confirmed by the US Navy. 325 miles west of Madeira archipelago, Free French destroyer L√©opard, British frigate HMS Spey, and sloop HMS Pelican sank German submarine U-136 with four depth charges (all 45 aboard were killed) as the three warships escorted Allied convoy OS-33. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-17, after losing 24 of the 33 vessels, finally arrived in ports in northern Russia, delivering 64,000 tons of war goods; it was the worst convoy loss of the war, with some 430 tanks, 210 aircraft, 3,350 lorries and jeeps and 100,000 tons of materials lost at the hands of repeated German attacks. Joseph Stalin, suspicious of the western powers, believed that the British were unwilling to provide the Soviets with large amounts of goods and had made up the heavy losses. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • German submarine U-166 sank Dominican sailing vessel Carmen with the deck gun 8 miles off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic at 1900 hours; 1 was killed, 7 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • Soviet submarine S-7 sank Swedish coastal freighter Lule√• 10 miles off the eastern coast of Sweden. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops captured Soviet 2nd Shock Army commanding office Andrei Vlasov. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Finback conducted a reconnaissance mission in Vega Bay, Kiska, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Finback | Kiska | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Morosini was ordered to maintain a patrol line along the New York-Captown-South America routes in the Atlantic Ocean at 0001 hours. ww2dbase [Morosini | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Castor, Ralph Talbot, and Blue shifted to Brisbane, Australia. ww2dbase [Ralph Talbot | Brisbane | DS]
Baltic Sea
  • Submarine S-7 sank Swedish transport Swedish transport Lulea east of V√§stervik, Sweden. ww2dbase [S-7 | CPC]
  • 24 British Lancaster bombers (of 44 launched for this mission) bombed the German submarine yards at Danzig, Germany, losing two aircraft in the attack; this was the longest mission by British bombers to date. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • Australian 26th Brigade infantry and British tanks attacked Point 24 near El Alamein, Egypt, capturing it in the early afternoon, and then went on to successfully defend against Axis counterattacks. Meanwhile, a column of Allied tanks and motorized infantry raided Deir el Abyad, capturing about 1,000 Italian troops. ww2dbase [First Battle of El Alamein | El Alamein | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze departed Yokosuka, Japan to escort transport Nankai Maru to Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • South African armed whaler HMSAS Protea, South African armed whaler HMSAS Southern Maid, and a British Fleet Air Arm Walrus aircraft sank Italian submarine Ondina with depth charges 60 miles off Beirut, Syria-Lebanon. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Survivors of Dutch merchant steamer Paulus Potter and US merchant steamer Washington, both of Artic convoy PQ-17, linked up at Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Russia. Together they sailed south and came across the Winston-Salem, another American wreck that had ran aground. They boarded her and had the first proper food in ten days. ww2dbase [Arkhangelsk | HM]
Photo(s) dated 11 Jul 1942
Hiei in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 11 Jul 1942, photo 1 of 2Hiei in Tokyo Bay, Japan, 11 Jul 1942, photo 2 of 2US military personnel inspecting the Japanese Navy Flight Petty Officer Tadayoshi Koga
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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