3 Jul 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Davao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Gar began her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flying Fish damaged a Japanese destroyer off Taiwan, hitting her with 1 of 2 torpedoes fired. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-215 sank US ship Alexander Macomb 150 kilometers east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States at 1230 hours; 10 were killed, 57 survived; Alexander Macomb sunk with 9,000 tons of war goods for the Soviet Union. British armed anti-submarine warfare trawler HMS Le Tiger counterattacked and sank U-215 with depth charges, killing all 48 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese leadership officially canceled the invasion of Port Moresby, New Guinea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese reinforced Kiska of the Aleutian Islands with 1,200 men, 24 aircraft, and 6 mini-submarines. Meanwhile, American B-24 aircraft bombed and damaged Japanese seaplane carrier Kamikawa Maru, seaplane carrier Kimikawa Maru, and oiler Fujisan off Agattu, and American submarines attacked four Japanese destroyers in the area, sinking three of them with torpedoes. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German pocket battleship Lützow, pocket battleship Admiral Scheer, and six destroyers departed from Narvik, Norway to intercept Allied convoy PQ-17 in the Barents Sea; en route, Lützow and three destroyers ran aground. The group was detected by the British and the Soviets, leading to the dispatching of 9 British and 7 Soviet submarines to intercept the German fleet; en route, Soviet submarines D-3 and M-176 hit German naval mines and sank. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-161 sank Panamanian ship San Pablo in the harbor of Puerto Limón, Costa Rica at 0400 hours, killing most aboard and killing 23 stevedores. 50 miles north of Trinidad, U-126 damaged US tanker Gulfbelle, killing 2. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-132 arrived in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence off Quebec, Canada. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 15th Panzer Division, German 21st Panzer Divisions, and Italian XX Motorized Corps attacked Ruweisat Ridge near El Alamein, Egypt, making little progress. British aircraft flew 780 sorties on this day against the Axis offensive. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Norwegian merchant ship Dea disembarked the 25 survivors of Norwegian merchant ship Gundersen, sunken by German submarine U-129 on the previous day, at Progreso, Yucatán, Mexico. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops captured Sevastopol, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German 4th Panzer Army crossed the Don River near Voronezh, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived at Poltava, Ukraine to meet with Fedor von Bock to discuss the offensive in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Robert Johnson was commissioned a second lieutenant at Kelly Field, Texas, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Jul 1942
TBF-1 Avenger making a practice drop of a Mark XIII torpedo off Virginia, United States, 3 Jul 1942. This drop was made from 125 feet at 125 knots.Manzanar War Relocation Center, California, United States, 3 Jul 1942Battleship Iowa under construction, New York Navy Yard, New York, United States, 3 Jul 1942Mary Uyesato, a trained medical laboratory assistant, at work in the medical center at the Manzanar Relocation Center for deported Japanese-Americans, Inyo County, California, United States, 3 Jul 1942.

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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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