16 Jun 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Jaluit, Marshall islands, and departed for and arrived at Emidji on the same day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • ShCh-320 fired two torpedoes at German minesweeper depot ship MRS 12 west of Porkkala, Finland; both torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • ShCh-317 sank Finnish merchant ship Argo east of Stockholm, Sweden. Later on the same day, ShCh-317 attacked Swedish merchant ship Ulla (carrying survivors of Argo) but failed to cause any damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-576 departed Saint-Nazaire, France, starting her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The US Congress authorized the funding to increase the US Navy blimp fleet to 200 blimps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Royal Canadian Air Force began operating Ventura aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-87 attacked Allied convoy XB-25 25 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States at 0417 hours, sinking British ship Port Nicholson (2 were killed, 85 survived) and US passenger liner Cherokee (86 were killed, 83 survived). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-126 sank US ship Arkansan at 0230 hours (4 were killed, 36 survived) and US ship Kahuku at 0320 hours (17 were killed, 46 survived) 70 miles west of Grenada. At 0400 hours, U-67 sank Nicaraguan ship Managua 50 miles north of Matanzas, Cuba; all 25 aboard survived. Elsewhere in the Caribbean Sea, U-161 stopped Dominican sailing boat Nueva Altagracia at 1410 hours, capturing her crew of 8 and her cargo of fruit, and scuttled the boat with charges. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Imperial Palace envoys visited Isoroku Yamamoto aboard battleship Yamato, bringing him the news that Emperor Showa understood losses (in regards to the devastation suffered at the Battle of Midway) were expected at a time of war and that the emperor was not overly concerned. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • An Australia PBY Catalina aircraft arrived at Simberi, New Ireland to pick up coast watcher Cornelius Page, not knowing that Page had gone into hiding eight days prior in response to a Japanese raid. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 106 British bombers (40 Wellington, 39 Halifax, 15 Lancaster, and 12 Stirling) were launched to bomb Germany; 16 attacked Essen, 45 attacked Bonn, and others attacked other targets; 8 British bombers were lost on this night. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Japan Libya
  • Axis troops attacked El Adem and Sidi Rezegh near Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down four P-40 fighters over El Adem, Libya between 1802 and 1813 hours, increasing his score to 95 kills. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Marshall Islands Mediterranean Sea
  • German submarine U-205 sank British cruiser HMS Hermione, returning to Egypt from her duty escorting the Allied Vigorous convoy, 115 miles north of Sidi Barrani, Egypt at 0019 hours; 87 were killed, 440 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German aircraft and artillery pieces bombarded Fort Maxim Gorky at Sevastopol, Russia, silencing the fort's 12-inch guns. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Winston Churchill departed England, United Kingdom aboard a transport aircraft for the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Jun 1942
Major General Percy Hobart, commanding officer of UK 11th Armored Division, 16 Jun 1942Destroyer HMAS Nestor listing to port after being abandoned, morning of 16 Jun 1942Rear Admiral David Bagley, Commander Hawaiian Sea Frontier; Admiral Chester Nimitz; Army Major General Delos Emmons, Military Governor of Hawaii; and Rear Admiral Aubrey Fitch aboard USS Saratoga, 16 Jun 1942.

16 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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