13 Jun 1942
  • USS Hornet arrived at Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Saratoga arrived at Pearl Harbor. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The United States established the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • United States Coast Guard Cutter Thetis attacked German submarine U-157 southwest of Key West, Florida, United States on the surface; after U-157 dove, Thetis dropped depth charge attack, and after several minutes reported debris and oil on floating to the surface from the destroyed U-157. Off Panama, in the Caribbean Sea, U-159 sank US passenger linker Sixaola at 0412 hours; 29 were killed, 201 survived. At 1938 hours, U-159 struck again, sinking US ship Solon; all 53 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian submarine Da Vinci sank British collier SS Clan MacQuarrie 650 miles south of Cape Verde Islands; 1 was killed, 89 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-83 sank British Q-ship HMS Farouk off Chekka, Syria-Lebanon at 1110 hours; 9 were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-405 was lost in the Tiger minefield off Seskar Island, Russia (taken from Finland in 1940) in the Baltic Sea; all 38 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 27 aircraft of Japanese 23rd Air Flotilla from Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies attacked Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Black Sea
  • A Soviet torpedo boat attacked and sank Italian midget submarine CB-5 in the Black Sea off Yalta, Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian torpedo boat MTSM-210 damaged a Soviet ferry in the Black Sea; German aircraft arrived shortly after to sink the damaged ship. ww2dbase [CPC]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • The first launch of an A4 rocket was achieved at Peenemünde, Germany, but after only 54 seconds the motor cut out and the missile fell into the sea less than a mile from its launch pad. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • General Eduard Wagner, Quartermaster General and head of the supply section of the German High Command informed Adolf Hitler that there was a real risk of supplies drying up by mid-September, 1942. Hitler refused to heed the warning which proved to be optimistic - By late July whole units on the Eastern Front were immobilised for days by lack of fuel. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Greek submarines Papanicolis and Triton delivered British Commandos on Crete, Greece; while this new group of arrivals failed to achieve their objectives, a group landed on 10 Jun reached parked German aircraft on this date and destroyed 20 Ju 88 bombers at Heraklion. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Astoria arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Enterprise arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group from USS Hornet (Yorktown-class) arrived ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Japan Libya
  • German 21st Panzer Division, 15th Panzer Division, and 90th Light Division surrounded British troops in the Knightsbridge box near Tobruk, Libya, eventually forcing the British to fall back after sundown. The heavy fighting and the resulting heavy casualties caused the British troops to name this day "Black Saturday". ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down four P-40 fighters in the El Adem-Gazala area in Libya between 1810 and 1815 hours. Three of his victims were Flight Sergeant Bill Halliday, Flight Sergeant Roy Stone, and Pilot Officer Osborne. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of 16.Regiment of German 22.Luftlande Division attacked Fort Stalin at Sevastopol, Russia at 0300 hours, capturing it by 0530 hours; Germans suffered 32 killed and 126 wounded, and the Soviets 100 killed and 20 captured. In the harbor, German aircraft sank transport Gruzyia, transport TSch-27, patrol boat SKA-092, motor boat SP-40, 5 barges, and a floating crane. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH, CPC]
United States
  • German submarine U-202 landed 4 saboteurs at Amagansett, Long Island, New York, United States in Operation Pastorius. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 13 Jun 1942
Cruiser USS Portland entering Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 13 Jun 1942. Note the SOC Seagull scout plane on Portland

13 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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