Diary August 17, 1942

B-17 for the first US bombing raid

WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 17, 1942: Air War Western Europe: FIRST ‘ALL-AMERICAN’ BOMBING RAID OVER EUROPE IN WW2. 12 B-17 Fortress bombers of 8th AAF, led by Brigade-General Eaker in ‘Yankee Doodle’, attack Rouen marshalling yards; 4 Spitfire… learn more

Diary August 16, 1942

cruiser 'Admiral Scheer'

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 16, 1942: Sea War Arctic – Operation Wunderland (August 16-30): Heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer penetrates into Kara Sea to attack Russian shipping. Secret War Pacific – The Makin Raid: US Marines (Carlson’s Raiders) land… learn more

Diary August 15, 1942

US tanker Ohio is towed into Grand Harbour

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, August 15, 1942: Air War Europe: Pathfinder Force established within RAF Bomber Command under Air Commander Bennett. (First operation against Flensburg shipyards, night August 18-19.) learn more

Diary August 14, 1942


WW2 War Diary for Friday, August 14, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: 74 German and Italian aircraft, 2 submarines and an MTB make unsuccessful attacks on British cruiser-destroyer escort force returning Gibraltar from Operation Pedestal. learn more

Diary August 13, 1942

Italian cruisers

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, August 13, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Powerful force of Italian cruisers and destroyers departs Naples to strike battered Convoy Pedestal, but turns back when the promised close air cover fails to appear. Cruisers Bolzano and… learn more

Diary August 12, 1942

Panzers at the Caucasus

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, August 12, 1942: Politics Russia – First Moscow Conference: Churchill informs Stalin that there can be no ‘Second Front’ in Europe until 1943 and reveals details of Operation Torch. learn more

Diary August 11, 1942

first victim of convoy Pedestal is aircraft carrier 'Eagle'

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, August 11, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean: Carrier Eagle sunk by U-boat U-73 north of Algiers (260 killed). Pacific: Japanese Combined Fleet leaves home waters for Truk (Caroline Islands) to counter US landings on Guadalcanal. Air… learn more

Diary August 10, 1942

beginning of Operation Pedestal

WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 10, 1942: Sea War Mediterranean – OPERATION PEDESTAL: 14-ship British convoy leaves Gibraltar for Malta under heavy escort – only 4 transports and burning tanker Ohio reach Malta, August 13-15. From August 11-14 they… learn more

Diary August 9, 1942

US Task Force Solomon Islands

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 9, 1942: Sea War Pacific: Following Savo Island debacle, all US transports and escorting warships have to be temporarily withdrawn from Guadalcanal area. Air War Southeast Asia: US bombers raid Haiphong (Indochina). Home Fronts… learn more

Diary August 8, 1942

cruiser 'Canberra' after torpedoed

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, August 8, 1942: Sea War Pacific – BATTLE OF SAVO (night August 8-9): Japanese cruisers destroy 4 cruisers – USS Astoria, Quincey and Vincennes and HMAS Canberra – off Savo Island, near Guadalcanal. US cruiser… learn more

Diary August 7, 1942

US Marines landing on Guadalcanal

WW2 War Diary for Friday, August 7, 1942: Pacific Solomons – Operation Watchtower: US MARINES LAND ON GUADALCANAL and Tulagi. On the former the few Japanese construction troops and Korean labourers flee into the jungle. Small Japanese garrison on Tulagi… learn more

Diary August 6, 1942

Single-seater Il-2 Sturmovik

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, August 6, 1942: Politics Britain: Government formally denounces Munich Agreement of September 1938. Governments-in-Exile Holland: Queen Wilhelmina addresses joint session of US Congress. learn more

Diary August 5, 1942

Auk on the Alexandria road

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, August 5m 1942: Africa Western Desert: Churchill visits 8th Army; decides to replace Auchinleck. Eastern Front Central Russia: Heavy fighting in Rzhev sector. learn more

Diary August 4, 1942

US Rangers

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, August 4, 1942: Home Fronts Britain: House of Commons passes Bill transferring jurisdiction over offences committed by American service-men from British civil courts to US military tribunals. learn more

Diary August 3, 1942

Beriev MBR-2

WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 3, 1942: Air War Eatern Front: Russian naval planes attack Luftwaffe bomber base near Sea of Azov. learn more

Diary August 2, 1942

Mahatma Gandhi

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 2, 1942: Home Fronts India: Mahatma Gandhi warns that Indian people will welcome Japanese invasion unless British grant full independence. learn more

Diary August 1, 1942

HMS Warspite

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, August 1, 1942: Sea War Indian Ocean – Operation Stab: British Eastern Fleet carries out protracted manoeuvres in Bay of Bengal in attempt to divert Japanese naval forces from southwest Pacific before Operation Watchtower, the… learn more