14 Jun 1942
  • Roma was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Air Marshal Harris was knighted in honor of his success with 1,000-plane raids. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The first echelon of 5th Regiment of the US 1st Marine Division arrived at Wellington, New Zealand. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British General Auchinleck authorized the abandonment of the Gazala Line in Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Soviet submarine M-95 departed Moshchny Island, Russia (Lavansaari Island, Finland). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German Admiral Otto Schniewind issued the order to commence Operation Rösselsprung ("Knight's Move"); in turn German warships Tirpitz, Admiral Hipper, Lützow, and 12 destroyers departed from their home ports toward the Barents Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-35 approached Kiska, US Territory of Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-172 sank US ship Lebore in the Caribbean Sea at 0854 hours; 1 was killed, 94 survived. At 1912 hours, U-504 sank Latvian ship Regent 200 miles southwest of the Cayman Islands; 11 were killed, 14 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Greece
  • In response to the British Commando raid at Heraklion, Crete, Greece on the previous day which saw the destruction of 20 Ju 88 bombers, 50 civilians of Heraklion were executed in retaliation. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Mediterranean Sea
  • During the day, Italian SM.79 torpedo bombers attacked the Allied Harpoon convoy, sailing for Malta, south of Sardinia, Italy, sinking Dutch transport Tanimbar (5 were killed) and disabling British cruiser Liverpool (15 were killed, 22 were wounded; Liverpool was towed back to Gibraltar by destroyer HMS Antelope). In the evening, most of the warships escorting the Harpoon convoy were ordered back to Gibraltar. From other other side of the Mediterranean Sea, the Allied Vigorous convoy sailed westward for Malta. Dutch freighter Aagtekerk of the Vigorous convoy developed mechanical troubles and was diverted by Tobruk, Libya for repairs with two corvettes in escort; 40 German Ju 87 and Ju 88 aircraft attacked them, sinking Aagtekerk (3 were killed) and damaging corvette HMS Primula. In the late afternoon, German Ju 88 bombers from Crete, Greece attacked the Vigorous convoy, sinking the ship Bhutan (1 was killed) and damaging freighter Potaro. Meanwhile, a powerful Italian fleet including two battleships and four cruisers departed Taranto, Italy in an attempt to intercept the Vigorous convoy. After sundown, German motor torpedo boats from Derna, Libya attacked the Vigorous convoy, with S-55 sinking British destroyer HMS Hasty (13 were killed) and S-56 damaging cruiser HMS Newcastle (forced to return to Alexandria, Egypt for repairs). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Dutch schoolgirl, Anne Frank, turned 13 and was given a diary. It was supposed to be an autograph book, but because it had a lock, Anne used it to record her secret thoughts. A year later, her father moved their family and others into the annexe of his Amsterdam, the Netherlands office to escape the Nazis. They hid in silence for nearly two years. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Italian submarine Torelli, damaged by British aircraft on 7 Jun 1942 and had since been under repair by her own crew on a beach near Santander, Spain, completed the temporary repair and set off for Bordeaux, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The King, Queen, and Princesses of the United Kingdom and the heads of a number of Allied countries attended a United Nations Day ceremony. The flags of 22 states were honoured during a march past Buckingham Palace in London, England, United Kingdom by representatives of the British armed forces, civil defence organisations and war workers. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • German saboteur George Dasch defected to the United States with a telephone call to the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Jun 1942
Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, HitlerUS Navy Adms R. English & C. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States as USS Trout returned with 2 POWs from the sunken Japanese cruiser Mikuma, 14 Jun 1942

14 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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