6 Jun 1942
  • Speedboat Esau from German armed merchant cruiser Michel damaged US liberty ship George Clymer with a torpedo in the South Atlantic at 0200 hours. Near the Equator in the Central Atlantic, German armed merchant cruiser Stier sank Panamanian tanker Stanvac Calcutta with gunfire (12 were killed, 36 survived and were captured); Stier suffered two hits when Stanvac Calcutta returned fire with her 4-inch gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • In North Africa the RAF deployed its "secret" Hurricane IID Tank Buster Squadron which had been training to deliver low-level attacks on enemy tank formations using Hurricane fighters fitted with dual 40mm cannon. Within ten days the squadron would make 37 sorties, damaging 31 enemy tanks (although very few were completely destroyed). ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • John Winant spoke to a group of British coal miners in Durham, England, United Kingdom and persuaded them from striking. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Lewis Brereton, commander of the US 10th Air Force in the China-Burma-India theater, was transferred to Egypt. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-68 sank Panamanian tanker C. O. Stillman 60 miles southwest of Puerto Rico at 0307 hours; 3 were killed, 55 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Alaska Germany
  • 233 British bombers (124 Wellington, 40 Stirling, 27 Halifax, 20 Lancaster, 15 Hampden, 7 Manchester) attacked Emden, Germany, destroying 300 houses, killing 17 civilians, and wounding 49; 9 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-16 sank Yugoslavian freighter Susak with her deck gun just off the coast of Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Axis troops routed 3 Indian infantry battalions and 4 artillery regiments that failed to flee as the Operation Aberdeen offensive was called off on the previous day in Libya. With victory secured at this battle, Erwin Rommel moved the German 90th Light Division to reinforce the siege on Free French-held fort of Bir Hakeim. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Libya, Kittybombers repeatedly attacked Axis armor formations near the Knightsbridge box during the Battle of Gazala. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • While assisting damage control efforts aboard USS Yorktown, USS Hammann was struck by a torpedo from I-168, breaking her in half. She sank very quickly, then suffered a underwater explosion, most likely from her own depth charges, which killed many survivors in the water. 80 men were killed in the sinking. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-168 successfully navigated past American destroyers at 0430 hours north of Midway Atoll and closed in on the damaged carrier USS Yorktown at 1331 hours, firing 4 torpedoes. Destroyer USS Hammann was struck, sinking her immediately (84 were killed, 104 survived). Yorktown was also hit, but it would remain afloat despite the additional damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Aircraft from USS Enterprise and USS Hornet attacked, damaging destroyer Arashio (37 were killed), destroyer Asashio (22 were killed), and cruiser Mogami (81 killed) and causing fatal damage to cruiser Mikuma, which would sink later in the day (650 killed, 240 survived). As US Navy Task Force 16 sailed eastward to refuel, thus breaking contact with the Japanese fleet, the Battle of Midway drew to a close. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops continued the bombardment of Sevastopol, Russia with large caliber weapons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Canterbury, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • Clarence Tinker led a flight of B-24 Liberator bombers from Midway Atoll. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Jun 1942
SBDs from Hornet over the burning Mikuma, early afternoon, 6 Jun 1942Mannerheim, Hitler, and Ryti in Finland, 6 Jun 1942; note Keitel directly behind MannerheimMikuma burning and sinking, 6 Jun 1942Mikuma burning, 6 Jun 1942, taken by the gunner of a US plane, DD Asashio or Arashio is nearby
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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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