22 Mar 1942
  • USS Marlin arrived at Casco Bay, Maine, United States and joined Task Group 27.1 for anti-submarine warfare training. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 360 US Army personnel greeted US Army General MacArthur at Melbourne, Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Abwehr agent Paul Thümmel was arrested by the SS on recent findings that he was actually a British agent; Wilhelm Canaris requested Thümmel's release, claiming that he was actually a double agent working for him. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-373 sank British ship Thursobank 300 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States at 0509 hours; 33 were killed, 26 survived. U-123 sank US tanker Muskogee in the Atlantic Ocean at 1756 hours; all 34 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-73 was damaged by a British RAF Blenheim bomber 50 miles northwest of Derna, Libya at 1150 hours. U-73 would escape the encounter, but was forced to end her patrol early. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australia
  • A number of US B-26 Marauder bombers arrived at Archerfield Municipal Airport near Brisbane, Australia; 3 of the Marauder bombers were lost en route from the US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Nine US Kittyhawk fighters based in Port Moresby, Australian Papua attacked the airfield near Lae on the northern coast of New Guinea. Shortly after, two Hudson bombers conducted a follow-up attack, but all their bombs missed the target. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • American and British airmen abandoned the airfield in Magwe in northern Burma. To the southeast, at dawn, troops of the 600th Regiment of the Chinese 200th ambushed troops of the 122nd Regiment of the Japanese 55th Division near Oktwin, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • The first four P-40E fighters for the 1st American Volunteer Group arrived in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Mediterranean Sea
  • Italian battleship Littorio, 3 cruisers, and 10 destroyers successfully intercepted Allied convoy MW10 in the Gulf of Sirte between Libya and Malta at 1430 hours, but they were fended off by the smaller British escort force of 4 cruisers and 17 destroyers. As the Second Battle of Sirte ended at 1900 hours, 3 British cruisers and 6 destroyers were damaged (39 killed), while the Italian battleship Littorio was also damaged. After the two forces disengaged, Italian destroyers Lanciere and Scirocco were sunk by a storm, killing 201 and 189, respectively. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Japanese aircraft bombed US positions at Bataan and Corregidor, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Mass exterminations of Jews using Zyklon B gas began at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Russia
  • German troops outside the Demyansk Pocket attacked Soviet 11th Army and 1st Shock Army at Staraya Russa, Russia, supporting the breakout attempt from the pocket launched on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy QP-9, consisted of 19 merchant ships, departed Murmansk, Russia with cruiser HMS Nigeria, destroyer HMS Offa, and 2 minesweepers in close escort. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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