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18 Jul 1942
  • German submarine U-384 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American destroyer Kalk was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of American destroyer escort Pillsbury was laid down. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The keel of British escort carrier Ameer was laid down. ww2dbase [Ameer | CPC]
  • A B-17 Flying Fortress bomber of USAAF 11th Air Force crashed on Umnak, Aleutian Islands during a weather and photo reconnaissance mission in the Kiska Island region. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Australian rescue tug Reserve was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A USAAF Fifth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, with two US Marine Corps observers aboard, flew a reconnaissance mission over Gavutu, Guadalcanal, and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • American destroyer Hall was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American destroyer Conner was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-666 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British escort carrier Pursuer was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British vessel Barfoil was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Prince Alexander of Belgium was born in Brussels, Belgium. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Rudolf Höss was promoted to the rank of SS-ObersturmbannfĂĽhrer. ww2dbase [Rudolf Höss | CPC]
  • USS S-28 conducted a reconnaissance mission on the island of Semisopochnoi, Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [S-28 | CPC]
  • Frank Fletcher was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. He broke his flag aboard USS Saratoga. ww2dbase [Saratoga | CPC]
  • US Navy Rear Admiral Richmond Turner took command of the Amphibious Forces South Pacific at Wellington, New Zealand. ww2dbase [Richmond Turner | CPC]
  • German submarine U-575 damaged British tanker San Gaspar (12 were killed, 40 survived) 50 miles east of Trinidad at 0625 hours; several hours later, 100 miles further east, U-575 struck again, sinking sailing vessels Glacier and Comrade with her deck gun. German submarine U-160 attacked Panamanian transport Carmona with multiple torpedoes southeast of Trinidad between 1633 and about 1715 hours, sinking her; 4 were killed, 31 survived). ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
Australia Australian New Guinea British Western Pacific Territories China
  • Three B-25 bombers of US 10th Air Force based in Guilin Airfield, Guangxi Province, China attacked Tianhe Airfield in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Tianhe Airfield | Guangzhou, Guangdong | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • Prototype jet fighter Me 262 V3 Schwalbe took its maiden flight with Fritz Wendel in the cockpit over Leipheim, Germany. ww2dbase [Me 262 Schwalbe | Leipheim | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Unbroken departed Gibraltar for Malta. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Wolfgang Falck departed Venice, Italy after advising the Italians on nightfighting tactics. In a subsequent report he filed for Erhard Milch, Falck noted that the Italian nightfighting organization was extremely poor. ww2dbase [Wolfgang Falck | Venezia, Veneto | CPC]
  • German supply ship Regensburg arrived at Yokohama, Japan, disembarking prisoners captured by German merchant raiders that Regensburg supported. When inspecting captured mail that was also given to the Japanese, it was discovered that the Americans had broken the current Japanese Navy code, leading to a change in codes. ww2dbase [Yokohama, Kanagawa | CPC]
  • Petre Dumitrescu was promoted to the rank of general. ww2dbase [Petre Dumitrescu | CPC]
  • Soviet Pacific Fleet submarine Shch-138 suffered an accidental detonation of her own torpedoes at Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Krai, far eastern Russia and was lost with 17 men. Shch-118 was also damaged in this incident. ww2dbase [Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Krai | CPC]
Ukraine United States Photo(s) dated 18 Jul 1942
Major-General Brian Horrocks of British 9th Armoured Division in a Covenanter command tank during Exercise Limpet, near Thetford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, 18 Jul 1942Covenanter tanks of British 9th Armoured Division during Exercise Limpet near Thetford, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, 18 Jul 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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