6 Jan 1942
  • In the face of over 52,000 murders in Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov denounced German atrocities in the Soviet Union and began to document incidents of atrocities for future actions. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British aircraft sink Italian freighter Perla off Pantellaria off the Tunisian coast. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Frederick Aikman was assigned to the No. 154 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Japanese aircraft from Truk, Caroline Islands attacked Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Nine Japanese flying boats attacked Vunakanau Airfield at Rabaul, New Britain, destroying a direction-finding station and damaging a Wirraway fighter, a Hudson bomber, and the runways; one Wirraway fighter was scrambled and reached the flying boats, but it failed to hit the attackers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese aircraft bombed Dutch positions on Ambon, Dutch East Indies for the first time. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Navy Gro▀admiral Erich Raeder inspected battleship Tirpitz at Kiel, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German forces successfully evacuated Agedabia, Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 11 British RAF Coastal Command bombers attacked Sola Airfield at Stavanger, Norway in indirect support of the Operation Kitbag naval attack at Flor°, Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS Sheffield, destroyer HMS Inglefield, and destroyer HMS Intrepid departed Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom for Operation Kitbag at 0300 hours, reaching Flor°, Norway by the evening, sinking a trawler and damaging fish processing facilities. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Remy Van Lierde was assigned to the No. 609 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Yorktown departed for San Diego, California, United States to escort transports carrying the US 2nd Marine Brigade to American Samoa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Hammann departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico departed Norfolk, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

6 Jan 1942 Interactive Map

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

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