6 Mar 1942
  • USS Yorktown made rendezvous with USS Lexington and sailed for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Commander Gerald D. Linke was named the commanding officer of USS Helena, relieving Captain Robert Henry English, Jr. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Indomitable launched the Hurricane fighters of No. 30 Squadron for Colombo, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Lexington made rendezvous with USS Yorktown and sailed for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Palau. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • German submarine U-505 sank Norwegian tanker Sydhav off Sierra Leone, British West Africa at 1131 hours; 12 were killed, 24 survived. Also in that morning, Italian submarine Tazzoli sank Dutch freighter Astrea in the Central Atlantic. Tazzoli struck again at 2215 hours, sinking Norwegian ship Tųnsberg Fjord; all 33 aboard survived. At 2306 hours, 150 miles south of Iceland, U-701 sank British fishing trawler Rononia, killing all 11 aboard. Italian submarine Finzi sank French tanker Melpomene; all 49 aboard survived. Finally, 50 miles south of Newfoundland, German submarine U-587 sank Greenland merchant ship Hans Egede, killing all 23 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Merchant ship El Occidente and Soviet anti-submarine whaler Stefa fell out of Allied convoy PQ-12 in poor weather. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl Burk was promoted to the rank of SS-Standartenführer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German Type IXC U-Boat U-505 torpedoed and sunk the Norwegian tanker Sydhav off British West Africa (Sierra Leone). 12 were killed and 24 were rescued. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | DS]
  • Anglo-Indian and Japanese troops clashed at various roadblocks near Rangoon, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies, damaging Dutch minesweeper Jan van Amstel, killing 23. Dutch sailors scuttled minesweepers C and Pieter de Bitter, also at Surabaya, to prevent capture. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first conference on the plan to sterilize persons of mixed blood in Germany was held. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii began noticing a target location code named AF appearing in Japanese Navy radio messages, and that this target might be struck within a short time. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Japanese killed many civilians, mostly ethnic Chinese, in Benut, Johor in Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German battleship Tirpitz and 4 destroyers departed Trondheim, Norway to intercept Allied convoys PQ-12 and QP-8, which departed from Reykjavik in Iceland for Murmansk in Russia and from Murmansk in Russia for Hvalfjöršur in Iceland, respectively. The British Royal Navy learned of this departure via Ultra decryption and dispatched a fleet centered around battleships HMS Duke of York, HMS King George V, and HMS Renown to attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Mar 1942
Group portrait of Kim Gu and other leaders and officers of the Korean Liberation Army, China, 6 Mar 1942USS St. Louis off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 6 Mar 1942

6 Mar 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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