2 Jun 1941
  • Before dawn, German bombers attacked Manchester and Salford in England, United Kingdom in the early hours of the day; 70 were killed and 86 were seriously injured. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | TH]
  • In light of the successful campaign at Crete, Greece, G?ring boasted that there was no such thing as an unconquerable island, hinting a similar fate for Britain. As for the killings of German paratroopers by civilians at Crete, G?ring officially ordered reprisals to be conducted as if the killers were partisan fighters. ww2dbase [Hermann Göring | TH]
  • RAF bombers conducted a raid in the Ruhr region of Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Vichy French government published anti-Semitic legislation based on German laws; among it was the banning of Jews from holding public office. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-147 attacked Allied convoy OB-329 northwest of Ireland, damaging Belgian ship Mokambo (all 47 aboard survived), but was destroyed by depth charges from British destroyer HMS Wanderer and corvette HMS Periwinkle, killing all 26 German sailors aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-108 sank British catapult-armed merchant ship Michael E. about 1,050 miles west of Land's End, England, United Kingdom at 2043 hours; 4 were killed, 47 survived. The Hurricane fighter aboard was also lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Long Island was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Long Island | CPC]
French Syria and Lebanon Hawaii Italy
  • Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met again at the Brenner Pass on the Italian-Austrian border. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | TH]
United Kingdom
  • The British RAF took delivery of the first Mosquito PR 1 photo-reconnaissance aircraft. With double the range of the streamlined Spitfire photo-reconnaissance aircraft, by early 1942 UK-based Mosquito aircraft would be regularly flying photo-reconnaissance missions as far away as northern Norway, Ostpreu?en (East Prussia) in Germany, and the north of Italy. ww2dbase [Mosquito | AC]
United States
  • Rear Admiral Edward J. Marquart was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New York Navy Yard | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jun 1941
Killed Greek civilians in Kondomari, Crete, Greece, 2 Jun 1941

2 Jun 1941 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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