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.) learn more

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. learn more

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

Diary March 19, 1942

Wiiliam-Joseph Slim

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, March 19, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: General Slim arrives to take over command of British and Commonwealth forces. Stilwell to command Chinese 5th and 6th Armies. Home Fronts Rumania: Michel Antonescu, Vice-Premier, makes vehement anti-Hungarian… learn more

Diary March 18, 1942

Wuerzburg radar device at Bruneval

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, March 18, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: Admiral Lord Mountbatten appointed Chief of Combined Operations. learn more

Diary March 17, 1942

General Douglas MacArthur

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, March 17, 1942: Home Fronts Australia: MacArthur appointed Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Southwest Pacific. MacArthur promises (in Adelaide, March 20) ‘I shall return’ to Philippines. Major-General Wainwright to command all US-Filipino forces in… learn more

Diary March 16, 1942

WW2 War Diary for Monday, March 16, 1942: Home Front USA: Death of Francis Du Pont, research chemist and industrialist; aged 68. learn more

Diary March 15, 1942

light cruiser of the Dido class

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, March 15, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Cruisers Dido and Euryalus, with 6 destroyers, bombard harbour of Rhodes (night March 15-16). Home Fronts USA: Death of Rachel Field, author of ‘All This and Heaven Too’; aged… learn more

Diary March 14, 1942

submarine HMS 'Ultimatum'

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, March 14, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: 3 Italian submarines sunk by British submarines Unbeaten, Ultimatum and Upholder (March 14-18). North Sea: German E-boats lay mines and engage British light naval forces. 2 E-boats lost; British… learn more

Diary March 13, 1942

bow of a German U-boat

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, March 13, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Chilean SS Tolten torpedoed and sunk off American East coast (27 killed, 2 survivors). Occupied Territories Greece: SS Rabmanso leaves Haifa (Palestine) for Piraeus (Greece) with emergency supplies of… learn more

Diary March 12, 1942

Japanese troops go ashore.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, March 12, 1942: Pacific East Indies: Japanese land at Sabang, north Sumatra. Philippines: MacArthur with family and staff leaves Corregidor for Australia aboard PT boat; they are flown from southern Philippines to Australia in B-17… learn more