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24 Jul 1942
  • Oppenhheimer was selected to head the atomic bomb research efforts. ww2dbase [Robert Oppenheimer | CPC]
  • With the US High Command threatening to withdraw entirely from the European theatre of war, President Franklin Roosevelt interceded and informed Prime Minister Winston Churchill that he now accepted the British point of view regarding delaying the opening of a Second Front in North West Europe until 1943 or 1944. At the same time he agreed to a proposed Anglo-American landing in French North Africa later in the year. ww2dbase [Operation Torch | CPC, AC]
  • The repair work on light cruiser Voroshilov completed. ww2dbase [Voroshilov | CPC]
  • Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix sank German submarine U-90 560 miles east of St. John's, Newfoundland; all 44 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-77 sank Syrian sailboat Toufic El Rahman with her deck gun 30 miles east of Cape Greco, Cyprus at 1817 hours; all aboard survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS S-44 departed Brisbane, Australia for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [S-44 | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • USS S-43 departed Anir island near New Ireland after failing to make contact with RAAF Flight Officer Cecil John Trevelyan Mason for the past three days (S-43's crew did not realize that Mason had been captured by the Japanese); she set sail for Brisbane, Australia. ww2dbase [S-43 | CPC]
  • Tenryu arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Tenryu | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Company B of Australian 39th Battalion ambushed 500 Japanese troops at Gorari Creek along the Kokoda Trail in Australian Papua; after killing 15, the company fell back two miles to Oivi. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • USS Narwhal sank Japanese guard boat Shinsei Maru No. 83, merchant ship Nissho Maru, and merchant ship Kofuji Maru with her deck gun between Hokkaido and Kurile Islands in northern Japan. ww2dbase [Narwhal | CPC]
  • Nachi entered the drydock at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Yokosuka Naval Arsenal | Nachi | CPC]
  • German SS Wiking Division captured the airfield near Rostov-on-Don, Russia while German 125th Infantry Division entered the city center. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-17 arrived at Arkhangelsk, Russia. Also arriving Arkhangelsk were destroyers HMS Marne, HMS Martin, HMS Middleton, and HMS Blankney, carrying ammunition and other war supplies. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
United States
  • Neutral Argentinian motor tanker Victoria, damaged by German submarine U-201 in Apr 1942 and repaired at New York, New York, United States, was requisitioned by the US War Shipping Administration as the cost of the repairs had not been paid by either Argentina or Germany. ww2dbase [HM]

24 Jul 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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