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24 Jul 1942
  • The repair work on light cruiser Voroshilov completed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Oppenhheimer was selected to head the atomic bomb research efforts. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC, AC]
  • Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix sank German submarine U-90 560 miles east of St. John's, Newfoundland; all 44 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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]
Australia
  • USS S-44 departed Brisbane, Australia for her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Tenryu arrived at Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • 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 [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Nachi entered the drydock at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | 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 [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • German SS Wiking Division captured the airfield near Rostov-on-Don, Russia while German 125th Infantry Division entered the city center. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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 [Main Article | CPC]

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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