13 Mar 1942
  • HMS Eagle completed engine repairs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Permit sank the scuttled PT-32 of US Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 in Philippine waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Gar sank Japanese cargo ship Chichiubu Maru off Mikura Jima 100 miles south of Tokyo Bay, Japan with three of four torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-126 damaged US ship Colabee 10 miles north of Cuba at 0441 hours, forcing her to run aground to prevent sinking; 23 were killed, 14 survived. Two hours later, at 0643 hours, U-404 sank Chilean freighter Tolten within 5 kilometers of Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States, killing 25 of 26 aboard. German submarine U-332 sank US schooner Albert F. Paul 100 kilometers east of the Bahamas at 0720 hours, killing the entire crew of 8. 330 miles off Palm Beach, Florida, United States, Italian Tazzoli sank British ship Daytonian; 1 was killed, 58 survived. At 1747 hours, U-332 struck again, sinking Yugoslavian ship Trepca; 4 were killed, 33 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Stilwell met with Harold Alexander. Stilwell's diary entry for the day noted that he was unimpressed with the British general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-164 sank Norwegian merchant ship Mabella 100 miles northeast of Madras, India. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Merchant ship Sevaples and Soviet anti-submarine whaler Stefa, both of which fell out of Allied convoy PQ-12 several days prior, found each other while at sea as Sevaples was being attacked by a German aircraft; Stefa shot down the German attacker. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • After sundown and into the next date, Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz swam across a Greek harbor to the German submarine U-133 and placed explosives on the ship which was preparing to leave on a combat mission. U-133 destroyed on 14 Mar 1942, killing 45 crew members. ww2dbase [Main Article | JR]
Australian New Guinea
  • Five B-17 bombers of the US 40th Reconnaissance Squadron from Australia were launched to attack Rabaul, New Britain; only one arrived over the target to drop the bomb load, which caused little damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Five Japanese Zero fighters strafed military installations at Port Moresby, Australian Papua. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lieutenant Commander Stephen Beattie, commanding officer of destroyer HMS Campbeltown, was captured by the Germans at Saint-Nazaire, Pays de la Loire, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Overnight, 135 RAF bombers attacked Köln, Germany, killing 62 and wounding 84. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Michel departed Vlissingen, the Netherlands in the evening, escorted by 9 minesweepers and 5 torpedo boats. ww2dbase [CPC]
New Zealand
  • Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, flying in a submarine-based (submarine I-25) E14Y aircraft, conducted a photographic reconnaissance mission over Auckland, New Zealand. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 1,200 sick prisoners from the hospital within Auschwitz I camp who were judged as not able to recover were transferred to the BIb sector of Birkenau camp, where they were killed. Their bodies were transported back to Auschwitz I to be cremated. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • In Poland, The Belzec Concentration Camp opened for operation with a transport of 6,000 Jews from Mielec, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • A major Soviet attack was launched out of Kerch Peninsula in Russia in an attempt to relieve the besieged city of Sevastopol. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British submarine HMS Una sank Italian fishing boat Maria Immacolata with her deck gun 5 miles off Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Stephen Beattie was made the commanding officer of destroyer HMS Campbeltown. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Mar 1942
Submarine Whale, destroyer Humphrey, and light cruiser Helena at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 13 Mar 1942Chinese fighter pilots in advanced flight training in the United States, 13 Mar 1942

13 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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