23 Jun 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Kwajalein, Marshall islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Anxious to learn the secrets of the Luftwaffe's new Focke-Wulf 190 fighter, the British was planning a Commando-type raid to steal one from a French airfield. They were saved the trouble when disorientated German pilot Lieutenant Arnim Faber of 111/JG2 landed his Fw 190A-3 fighter at RAF Pembrey in South Wales, United Kingdom, mistaking it for an airfield in France. The captured aircraft was taken to the Air Fighting Development Unit at Duxford, England, United Kingdom where it was discovered, during trials, that the Fw 190A was superior in all respects except turning circle to the Spitfire VB then equipping most of RAF Fighter Command. ww2dbase [Fw 190 W├╝rger | AC]
  • German submarine U-159 sent a boarding to US tanker E. J. Sadler 175 miles south of Puerto Rico just after 0000 hours to scuttle the tanker which she had disabled at 2035 hours on the previous day. German submarine U-158 sank US Army transport Major General Henry Gibbins 400 miles west of Key West, Florida, United States; the entire crew of 47 and all 21 gunners survived, to be rescued on the following day. 40 miles south of South Pass, Louisiana, United States, U-67 sank US tanker Rawleigh Warner, killing all 33 aboard. In the Caribbean Sea, U-68 sank Panamanian tanker Arriaga 100 miles west of Aruba; 1 was killed, 24 survived. 200 miles east of Nicaragua, U-172 sank Colombian sailing boat Resolute with gunfire and hand grenades; 6 were killed, 4 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • Commander Ryokichi Sugama was named the commanding officer of destroyer Yukikaze. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • German submarine U-84 sank Norwegian tanker Torvanger 540 miles west of the Azores islands; 4 were killed, 33 survived. 100 miles east of Grenada in the Antilles islands, U-128 sank a Norwegian tanker; all 38 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Thrasher sank Italian merchant vessel Sant Antonio in the Gulf of Sirte off Libya; Italian torpedo boat Perseo attempted a counterattack which failed to damage Thrasher. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Alpino Bagnolini sighted an aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 1209 hours; she dove to avoid detection. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Tenryu arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Truk | CPC]
  • Axis forces crossed the Libyan-Egyptian border and marched toward the Allied defensive positions at Mersa Matruh, Egypt 100 miles to the east, engaging units of the British 7th Armoured Division en route at Sollum. ww2dbase [Battle of Mersa Matruh | Sollum | CPC]
Hawaii Japan Libya
  • USAAF B-24D bombers of Halverson Provisional Detachment, temporarily based in Egypt while being prepared to transfer to China, attacked Axis positions at Benghazi, Libya. ww2dbase [Benghazi | CPC]
United States
  • Agents of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting on information provided by defected saboteur George Dasch, located and arrested two German saboeurs in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New York | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Jun 1942
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-3 at rest at the RAF airfield at Pembrey, South Wales, United Kingdom after German pilot Oberleutnant Armin Faber landed there by mistake after a furious dogfight over Devon, 23 Jun 1942

23 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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