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2 Aug 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Manila, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Italian torpedo boats and German He 111 torpedo bombers attacked Soviet cruiser Molotov off Feodossiya, Ukraine, scoring one hit, killing 18, and put the ship out of commission until 31 Jul 1943. ww2dbase [Molotov | CPC]
  • USS Long Island departed from Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii with aircraft for the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Long Island | CPC]
  • Aircraft of US Marine Observation Squadron 251 began to arrive at the newly completed airfield at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-510 misidentified Uruguay ship Maldonado and sank her 250 miles southeast of Bermuda at 0545 hours; all 49 board survived but the captain would be taken prisoner. At 0927 hours, U-254 sank British ship Flora II 145 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Iceland; all 30 aboard survived. At 1818 hours, U-160 sank British ship Treminnard 200 miles east of Trinidad; all 39 aboard sur4vived but the captain would be taken prisoner. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • USS Massachusetts, with USS Nicholas as an escort, departed Boston Navy Yard bound for Norfolk, Virginia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
Australia Australian Papua
  • 5 B-17 bombers attacked Japanese shipping near Buna, Australian Papua; 9 Zero fighters of the Tainan Air Group intercepted the attackers, forcing the bombers to release their bombs before reaching their targets; 1 bomber was lost on this mission. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | Buna | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Dutch submarine O 23 attacked a Japanese convoy in the Indian Ocean 55 miles west of Penang, British Malaya at 0842 hours, fatally damaging Japanese Army transport ship Zenyo Maru (27 were killed) and sinking freighter Ohio Maru. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Russia United States
  • US Navy approved the new name Wolverine for the fresh water aircraft carrier recently converted from excursion steamer Seeandbee. ww2dbase [Wolverine | DS]
Photo(s) dated 2 Aug 1942
Lieutenant Commander Joseph C. Clifton in flight in a Buffalo fighter, 2 Aug 1942, photo 1 of 2Lieutenant Commander Joseph C. Clifton in flight in a Buffalo fighter, 2 Aug 1942, photo 2 of 2

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