28 Jun 1942
  • USS Stingray attacked a Japanese convoy in the Philippine Sea and sank gunboat Saikyo Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Unternehmen Blau, the German summer offensive, began; 3 armies and 11 armored divisions began driving towards the Caucasus Mountains. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Axis forces captured Fuka and Mersa Matruh, Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The STAVKA relieved Ivan Bagramyan as the chief of staff of the Southwestern Front after the defeat in the Second Battle of Kharkov in Ukraine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-332 sank US ship Raphael Semmes 1,000 miles east of Florida, United States at 1030 hours; 19 were killed, 18 survived. U-203 sank US ship Sam Houston 100 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands at 1538 hours; 8 were killed, 38 survived. U-701 sank US tanker William Rockefeller 50 miles off the coast of North Carolina, United States at 1816 hours; all 50 aboard survived. U-505 sank US ship Sea Thrush 300 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands at 1855 hours; all 66 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-154 sank US ship Tillie Lykes 100 miles south of the Dominican Republic at 0350 hours; all 33 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-97 attacked a 3-ship Allied convoy 14 miles southwest of Haifa, Palestine, sinking British ship Zealand (14 were killed, 19 survived) and Greek ship Memas (8 were killed, 17 survived). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • B-17 bombers of US 5th Air Force, based in Australia, attack Rabaul, New Britain and Lae, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Alaska
  • USS S-28 arrived at Dutch Habor, US Territory of Alaska, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Black Sea
  • German bombers damaged Soviet destroyer leader Tashkent in the Black Sea; Tashkent was able to sail to Novorossisk, Russia to receive repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • PBY aircraft of US Navy squadron VP-14 attacked Tulagi, Soloman Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille received Swords for his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal from Adolf Hitler at Wolfsschanze near Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany. He also received Oak Leaves for his Knight's Cross, an award he had won earlier in this month. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Barbers Point Naval Air Station: Air Group from USS Hornet (Yorktown-class) departed ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-10 sank British merchant ship Queen Victoria in the Mozambique Channel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Russia
  • Before dawn, Italian torpedo boats staged a fake landing at Cape Fiolent south of Sevastopol, Russia as a diversion from the preparations for a major offensive north of the city. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Gruppe von Weichs of the German Army attacked on a 90-mile front in Russia with its left south of Orel and its right on Oboyan. Colonel-General Maximilian von Weichs sent in his own 2nd Army, the 4th Panzerarmee (Colonel-General Hermann Hoth), and the Hungarian 2nd Army (Colonel-General Gusztáv Jany), in all 23 divisions, including three Panzer and two motorised. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • The British Royal Navy Home Fleet (carrier HMS Victorious, battleship HMS Duke of York, with cruisers and destroyers), reinforced by US battleship USS Washington, departed from Scapa Flow, Scotland, United Kingdom to provide distant cover for Allied convoy PQ-17 sailing from Iceland to Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • German bombers attacked Weston-super-Mare in southwestern England, United Kingdom, killing 102 and wounding 400; German intelligence had incorrectly determined that Winston Churchill was at Weston-super-Mare this night. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Robert Johnson completed advanced flying training at Kelly Field, Texas, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Jun 1942
George Welch with Hollywood stars Claudette Colbert, Carole Landis, Betty Grable, and Ruth Hussey, 28 Jun 1942; seen in 13 Jul 1942 issue of Life magazineAdolf Hitler and Hans-Joachim Marseille at Wolfsschanze headquarters, Rastenburg, Germany, 28 Jun 1942

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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