Diary March 31, 1942

submarine in stormy sea

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, March 31, 1942: Sea War Merchant shipping losses in March 1942: 106 Allied ships with 562,336 tons in Atlantic; 167 Allied ship with 271,828 tons elsewhere. 9 Axis ships with 37,453 tons in Mediterranean. 20 … learn more

Diary March 30, 1942

German soldiers in a trench on the Eastern front

WW2 War Diary for Monday, March 30, 1942: Air War Europe: 33 Halifax bombers (5 lost) attack unsuccessful battleship Tirpitz near Trondheim. Eastern Front Only 8 of the 162 German divisions are at full strength at conclusion of great Russian … learn more

Diary March 29, 1942

German counter-attack in the trenches

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, March 29, 1942: Home Fronts India: British Government publishes its constitutional proposals for India – Dominion status after war; Britain to defend sub-continent until then. (Congress Party objects April 2.)

Diary March 28, 1942

Attack on an Allied Arctic convoy.

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, March 28, 1942: Sea War Arctic – Battle of Arctic Convoy PQ.13: after being scattered by storms, convoy and escort are harried by German bombers, torpedo planes, 6 U-boats and 3 destroyers (March 28-31); 5 … learn more

Diary March 27, 1942

HMS 'Campbeltown'

WW2 War Diary for Friday, March 27, 1942: Sea War Europe: ST NAZAIRE RAID (Operation Chariot). HMS Campbeltown (ex-Flush-decker destroyer USS Buchanan) deliberately rams dock gates at St Nazaire, under murderous German fire, while commandos destroy dock machinery. 5t-HE charge … learn more

Diary March 26, 1942

U-123 from Type IX B

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, March 26, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: American ‘Q-ship’ Atik (disguised anti U-boat hunter) sunk in fierce gun duel with the German Type IX U-boat U-123. Air War Western Europe: RAF daylight raid on Le Havre. … learn more

Diary March 25, 1942

A torpedoed cargo ship sinks.

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, March 25, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Italian submarine Pietro Calvi sinks 5 ships off northeast coast of Brazil (March 25 – April 12). Air War Southeast Asia: Japanese aircraft destroy large number of RAF and … learn more

Diary March 24, 1942

P-40 E falls victim to an Oscar

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, March 24, 1942: Air War Southeast Asia: Major John Van Kuren Newkirk (‘Scarsdale Jack’) top fighter ‘ace’ (25 victories) of the AVG (‘Flying Tigers’) killed during sweep over Chiang Mai airfield, Thailand; aged 28. Britain: … learn more

Diary March 23, 1942

Russian air crews take over in Anchorage in Alaska Lend-Lease B-25 Mitchell bombers

WW2 War Diary for Monday, March 23, 1942: Air War Britain: Night raid on Dover. Pacific: Japanese bomb Port Moresby and Wyndham (north Australia). RAAF attack Dilli airfield, Timor. Sea War Indian Ocean: Japanese land at Port Blair, Andaman Islands.

Diary March 22, 1942

Italian battleship is firing her guns

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, March 22, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: BATTLE OF SIRTE. Italian battleship Littorio intercepts Alexandria-Malta convoy MW.10, but is denied crushing victory by Admiral Vian’s skilful deployment of his cruisers and destroyers and by rough seas, … learn more

Diary March 21, 1942

Air raid helpers searching for survivors Malta

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, March 21, 1942: Air War Mediterranean: Heavy raids on Malta. Home Fronts Britain – London ‘Warship Week‘ (March 21-28): business community and public raise £ 146 millions (1,178 local Warship Weeks held 1941-1942, raising total … learn more

Diary March 20, 1942

Opel Blitz truck is loaded with supplies

WW2 War Diary for Friday, March 20, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: U-boat U-652 sinks British destroyers Heythrop and Jaguar north of Sollum (Egypt) (on March 20 and 26 resp.). Home Fronts Japan: Japanese Navy Minister, Admiral Shimada, announces that Japan … learn more