2 Jun 1942
  • British Baltimore aircraft of No. 815 Naval Air Squadron attacked German submarine U-652 12 miles northeast of Bardia, Libya; the crew of U-652 abandoned the submarine after sustaining heavy damage; all 46 aboard were later rescued by U-81. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vichy French government granted Germany the use of the port of Bizerta, Tunisia to bring in food, clothing, and other supplies not directly related to the military. Troops, military equipment, and ammunition were explicitly forbidden. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Remy Van Lierde, flying a Spitfire Mk.Vb fighter, damaged a German Do 217 bomber over Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Remy Van Lierde | CPC]
  • Light carrier Hosho launched aircraft to search for light cruiser Sendai and destroyer Isonami which had fallen out of formation due to heavy fog. ww2dbase [Hosho | CPC]
  • German submarine U-159 sank US ship Illinois 450 miles southeast of Bermuda at 0253 hours; 32 were killed, 6 survived. In the same general area at 0255 hours, U-558 sank Dutch ship Triton with the deck gun; 6 were killed, 30 survived. Several hours later, U-553 sank British ship Mattawin off northeastern United States at 0718 hours; all aboard survived. Between 0332 and 0705 hours, U-213 gave chase to Norwegian ship Berganger, which evaded all 5 torpedo attacks, but at 2027 hours she would fall prey to U-578 southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States; 4 were killed, 43 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-158 sank US ship Knoxville west of Cuba at 0257 hours; 2 were killed, 55 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Leonardo da Vinci sighted Panamanian sailing ship Reine Marie Stewart en route between Lourenço Marques, Mozambique and New York, United States in the Atlantic Ocean at 1745 hours. At 2250 hours, she stopped her with three 100-millimeter rounds and machine gun fire and forced all crew members off the ship. Two boarding parties successively failed to sink the ship with demolition charges. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | Second Happy Time | CPC]
Czechoslovakia Germany Japan Libya
  • Troops of German 90th Light Division and Italian Trieste Division mounted a new attack on the French-held fort of Bir Hakeim, Libya; French General KĹ“nig refused to surrender. ww2dbase [Battle of Gazala | Bir Hakeim | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Enterprise made rendezvous with USS Yorktown and USS Hornet 350 miles northeast of Midway. Rear Admiral Fletcher took overall tactical command of this fleet. ww2dbase [Enterprise | CPC]
  • USS S-43 set sail for Brisbane, Australia at 33% speed due to engine problems. ww2dbase [S-43 | Solomon Sea | CPC]
  • US Navy deployed 25 submarines west of Midway in an attempt to detect the incoming Japanese fleet, while Midway-based US Army B-17 bombers attacked Japanese transports 600 miles west of the atoll, inflicting no damage. ww2dbase [Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Islands | CPC]
  • USS Hornet made rendezvous with USS Yorktown and USS Enterprise 350 miles northeast of Midway. Rear Admiral Fletcher took overall tactical command of this fleet. ww2dbase [Hornet (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
  • USS Yorktown made rendezvous with USS Enterprise and USS Hornet 350 miles northeast of Midway. Rear Admiral Fletcher took overall tactical command of this fleet. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
Portuguese Timor
  • Australian auxiliary patrol boat HMAS Kuru arrived at Portuguese East Timor from Australia, delivering supplies to the Sparrow Force. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | CPC]
  • German forces began a 5-day bombardment of Sevastopol, Russia. One the ground, large weapons such as the 600mm Mörser Karl mortars and the 800mm "Gustav" railway gun were used. From the air, hundreds of sorties delivered 500 tons of high explosives, damaging port facilities, fuel tanks, and water pumps at the cost of only one Ju 87 dive bomber. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Sevastopol | TH, CPC]
  • Naka exited the drydock at Keppel Harbour, Singapore. ww2dbase [Naka | Singapore | CPC]
United Kingdom United States US Pacific Islands
  • I-168 observed Sand Island, Midway Atoll with her periscope, reporting heavy aircraft activity. ww2dbase [I-68/I-168 | Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Jun 1942
William Baldwin, first US Navy Navy African-American recruit for General Service, 2 Jun 1942Song Ziwen posing for a photograph with a recently-signed Sino-American agreement in hand, Washington DC, United States, 2 Jun 1942Aircraft transport USS Long Island at North Island, San Diego, California, United States, 2 Jun 1942. Note F4F-4 Wildcats and SOC-3A Seagulls on the flight deck.

2 Jun 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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