6 Apr 1942
  • First men of US 41st Division arrived at Melbourne, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese troops landed on Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Lorengau, Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-160 damaged US tanker Bidwell 50 kilometers east of Wilmington, North Carolina, United States at 0807 hours, killing 1 of 33 aboard; her crew would manage to repair and bring her back to port for repairs. At 1700 hours, U-571 sank Norwegian tanker Koll 250 miles northwest of Bermuda; 2 were killed, 33 survived (1 of whom would later die of exposure before being rescued). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-4 sank US freighter Washingtonian off the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean at 1600 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British destroyer HMS Havock ran aground off Cape Bon, Tunisia and was scuttled by her crew. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • At 0200 hours, B-17 bombers of US 22nd Bomb Group were launched from Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua. One hours later, the faster B-26 bombers were launched. Flying toward Rabaul, New Britain, this was the first B-17 combat mission against that location as well as the first B-26 combat mission. The B-17 bombers struck first (despite the fact that the two were supposed to be attacking at the same time), causing no damage. By the time the B-26 bombers arrived, 7 Japanese A5M fighters were already in the air, although they failed to close in on the B-26 bombers. The B-26 bombers caused very little damage. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
  • Japanese troops captured Mandalay, Burma. Off Akyab on the western coast of Burma, Japanese aircraft sank Indian sloop HMIS Indus. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Army bombers sank the Royal Indian Navy's sloop Indus at Akyab, Arakan (now Sittwe, Rakhine), Burma. ww2dbase [AC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • 157 British bombers (110 Wellington, 19 Stirling, 18 Hampden, and 10 Manchester aircraft) attacked Essen, Germany; most of them were turned back by a storm. 5 aircraft were lost in this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese warships sank 16 freighters southeast of India, while carrier aircraft from Ryujo conducted raids against ports Vizagapatam and Cocanada on the eastern coast of India, sinking 3 ships. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British tug HMS West Cocker was destroyed by Axis aircraft at Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft continued to attack American and Filipino targets at Bataan, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe group II./KG 27 flew a supply operation for the German troops trapped in Kholm, Russia. Three He 111 aircraft failed to return; one of which was forced to land within the pocket due to heavy damage. The crew of the downed He 111 aircraft removed the aircraft's radio and used it to help direct further supply runs. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Edinburgh departed Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Apr 1942
American aircraft carrier USS Wasp (Wasp-class) at anchor in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom, 6 Apr 1942. Cruiser USS Wichita is seen at right and battleship USS Washington in the center.

6 Apr 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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