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