11 Mar 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese troops landed on Mindanao, the southern-most of the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-565 sank British cruiser HMS Naiad 30 miles north of Sidi Barrani, Egypt at 2000 hours; 82 were killed, 582 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek told Joseph Stilwell that he was now ready to commit three elite Chinese armies (5th, 6th, and 66th) to Burma. Stilwell would soon find out that Chiang had secretly ordered the Chinese commanders to avoid decisive confrontations, thus rendering the Chinese troops useless to Stilwell's command. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 6 survivors of USS Edsall, sunken off Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean on 1 Mar 1942, were executed by their Japanese captors. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-2 attacked British passenger ship Chilka 340 miles west of Padang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies at 1400 hours, killing 7. Chilka signaled surrender at 1425 hours. The captain of I-2 gave the crew some time to abandon ship before proceeding to sink her. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Merchant ship Sevaples fell out of Allied convoy PQ-12 in poor weather. Allied convoy QP-8 arrived at Reykjavík, Iceland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-701 sank British anti-submarine trawler HMS Stella Capella 38 miles east of Iceland at 0211 hours, killing all 33 aboard. German submarine U-94 sank Norwegian ship Hvoslef 2 miles east of Fenwick Island, Delaware, United States at 0316 hours; 6 were killed, 14 survived. Further south, U-126 sank US freighter Texan within 5 kilometers of the northern coast of Cuba. Italian submarine Tazzoli sank Panamanian ship Cygnet 5 mile east of the Bahamas; all 30 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 951-ton coastal collier Horseferry was attacked and torpedoed by a German E-boat, east of Cromer Knoll, Norfolk, England. Eleven of her crew were killed in the attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
  • The 3,089-ton Norwegian steam merchant Ingerto strayed from Allied convoy ON-70 in the Atlantic Ocean and was reported as missing. ww2dbase [HM]
  • George Brett dispatched 4 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers, with skeleton crew, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Batchelor Field near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, via Daly Waters, Northern Territory; these aircraft were meant to be used to evacuate Douglas MacArthur and his family and staff from the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Dutch East Indies Hawaii
  • USS Enterprise arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • With sister Zuikaku, Shokaku accompanied Vice Admiral Takasu Shiro's First Fleet (Ise and Hyuga) on a sortie to sweep for enemy believed to approaching Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Pollack (SS-180; Lieutenant Commander Stanley Moseley) fired six torpedoes at 1,454-ton Japanese cargo ship Fukushu Maru (none hit) and four torpedoes at 5,266-ton passenger ship Baikal Maru (1 hit, resulting in sinking) in the East China Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, HM]
  • Douglas MacArthur, his family, and a small staff departed Corregidor by PT boats; General Jonathan Wainwright remained as commanding officer of US and Filipino forces in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Harold George evacuated out of Corregidor, Philippine Islands by PT boat. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • At 0758 hours, German submarine U-158 struck 2,609-ton US steam merchant Caribsea on the starboard side with a torpedo 20 kilometers east of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States, just off the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. The Caribsea rapidly settled and sank in less than three minutes in shallow waters. No distress signals could be sent and the crew of eight officers and 20 men had no chance to launch the lifeboats. The few survivors climbed onto two rafts that floated free and they later observed the submarine passing within 100 yards. The men on a raft made use of a small metal can as a reflector to attract the attention of the northbound Norlindo, which picked up two officers and five crewmen after ten hours. They were transferred to a US Coast Guard dispatch boat off Cape Henry. Only 7 would survive the sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, HM]
US Pacific Islands
  • Japanese H8K flying boats attacked Midway Atoll, causing minor damage; one aircraft was shot down in this attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Mar 1942
Humber Mk II Armoured Car, 11 Mar 1942British M2A4 light tank, 11 Mar 1942Cruiser Mk V Covenanter III tank, 11 Mar 1942Tucker off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 11 Mar 1942

11 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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