8 Jun 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • USS Gar arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Gar | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur proposed to the Army Chief of Staff a limited offensive to regain positions in the Bismarck Archipelago. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • USS Astoria was relieved of her duty as Rear Admiral Frank Fletcher's flagship. ww2dbase [Astoria (New Orleans-class) | CPC]
  • German submarine U-107 sank US ship Suwied 100 miles east of Cozumel, Mexico at 0119 hours; 6 were killed, 27 survived. At 0500 hours, U-172 sank US ship Sicilien 10 miles south of Cape Beata, Dominican Republic; 44 were killed, 31 survived. At 0700 hours, U-504 sank Huondran ship Tela with two torpedoes 100 miles southeast of Cozumel; 11 were killed, 43 survived. At 1800 hours, U-504 struck again, sinking British ship Rosenborg with her deck gun; 4 were killed, 23 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • German submarine U-135 sank Norwegian ship Pleasantville 225 miles northwest of Bermuda at 0316 hours; 2 were killed, 45 survived. German submarine U-128 sank Norwegian tanker South Africa 400 miles east of Trinidad at 1419 hours; 6 were killed, 36 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-83 sank Egyptian ship Said with her deck gun 15 miles southwest of Jaffa, British Palestine at 0511 hours; 5 were killed, 9 survived. At 2330 hours, U-83 struck again, sinking Palestinian sail boat Esther with her deck gun 10 miles off Sidon, Syria-Lebanon. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Alagi sank Italian destroyer Antoniotto Usodimare with a torpedo 100 miles north of Cape Bon, Tunisia in a case of mis-identification. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Lucien Lippert was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann. ww2dbase [Lucien Lippert | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-24 fired 10 shells at the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia shortly after 0000 hours, scoring no hits on the bridge but destroyed one house nearby. At 0215 hours, I-21 surfaced near Newcastle, Australia and fired 34 shells, damaging a house near the BHP steelworks; as the coastal guns at Fort Scratchley fired at I-21 (which caused no damage), this became the only time where Australian land-based guns would fire at a Japanese ship in the war. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Men of the Japanese Kure No. 3 Special Naval Landing Force raided Simberi, New Ireland in search of coast watcher Cornelius Page; Page went into hiding. ww2dbase [Simberi, New Ireland | CPC]
Germany Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-10 sank British ship King Lud in the Mozambique Channel at 0953 hours with torpedoes, killing all aboard. In the same area, I-16 sank Greek ship Aghios Georgios IV with her deck gun and I-18 sank Norwegian ship Wilford with her deck gun. In the middle of the Indian Ocean, I-20 sank Greek ship Christos Markettos. ww2dbase [Raids into the Indian Ocean | Mozambique Channel | CPC]
  • Thick fog allowed an Allied supply convoy to supply French troops at Bir Hakeim, Libya; meanwhile, the same fog also allowed the Axis build-up to be completed without being detected, which led to the start of what would be the final assault on the fort; this final assault would be personally led by Erwin Rommel. In the evening, French General Pierre Kœnig decided the fort would be abandoned on 11 Jun 1942. ww2dbase [Battle of Gazala | Bir Hakeim | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille became the permanent commanding officer of the squadron 3 Staffel I./JG-27. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • 2 battleships, 1 escort carrier, and 2 heavy cruisers broke off from the retiring Japanese Navy Midway invasion fleet to reinforce the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Islands | CPC]
  • Portland joined with Saratoga for sortie to the Aleutian Islands. Task Force recalled two days later without reaching the Aleutians ww2dbase [Portland | DS]
  • Yugure was transferred to the Northern Naval Force. ww2dbase [Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Islands | Yugure | CPC]
Taiwan Photo(s) dated 8 Jun 1942
King George VI of the United Kingdom inspecting trawler men & naval personnel at Lyness, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8 Jun 1942

8 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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