9 Jul 1942
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Ambon, Molucca Islands. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Cruiser K√∂ln departed for Oslo, Norway, laying mines en route. ww2dbase [K√∂ln | CPC]
  • The submarine that would later be named USS Blenny was ordered. ww2dbase [Blenny | CPC]
  • U-575 sank British ship Empire Explorer 100 kilometers east of Grenada at 0247 hours; 3 were killed, 75 survived. U-571 sank Honduran ship Nicholas Cuneo with her deck gun 50 miles north of Havana, Cuba at 1601 hours; 1 was killed, 19 survived. Again 100 kilometers east of Grenada, at 2305 hours, U-203 sank British ship Cape Verde; 2 were killed, 40 survived. ww2dbase [Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico Campaigns | CPC]
  • German 4th Panzer Army captured Voronezh, Russia while German 6th Army reached Rossosh 100 miles to the south. Iin Ukraine, German 1st Panzer Army crossed the Donets River. The German advances made in the past few days forced Joseph Stalin to allow the Soviet Southwest and Southern Fronts to fall back. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | CPC]
  • Soviet submarine S-7 attacked Swedish coastal freighter Noreg 10 miles off Sweden in the Baltic Sea at 1617 hours; all torpedoes missed. At 1958 hours, she attacked and sank Swedish coastal freighter Margareta in the same area, killing 14. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German Ju 88 bombers attacked Allied convoy PQ-17 in the Barents Sea at 2000 hours, damaging Panamanian freighter El Capitan (all 67 aboard survived), US freighter Hoosier (all 53 aboard survived), US Liberty Ship Samuel Chase, and rescue ship Zamalck; 4 German aircraft were shot down in the attack. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
  • Seven German torpedo boats attacked Allied convoy WP-183 south of Lyme Bay, England, United Kingdom at 0100 hours. S67 sank British tanker Pomella; S48, S109, and S70 sank Norwegian freighters Kongshaug (8 were killed), R√łsten (5 were killed), and Bokn (12 were killed); S50 sank Dutch ship Reggestrom; and S63 sank British armed trawler HMT Manor (19 were killed, 1 survived). German bombers arrived to conduct a follow-up attack, sinking British ship Gripfast (7 were killed). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Nicholas was diverted from shakedown exercises to investigate a possible submarine operating near Halfway Rock outside the Portland, Maine harbor. Nicholas searched throughout the night with no enemy contacts. ww2dbase [Nicholas | DS]
  • Submarine USS Growler put into Dutch Harbor, Alaska. ww2dbase [Growler | Unalaska | DS]
  • Destroyers USS Castor, Ralph Talbot, and Blue arrived at Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Ralph Talbot | Sydney | DS]
Baltic Sea
  • Submarine S-7 attacked Swedish transport Noreg east of Ark√∂sund, Sweden at 1617 hours; the torpedo missed. At 1958 hours, she sank Swedish transport margareta in the same area. ww2dbase [S-7 | CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Finland
  • Finnish forces attacked the Soviet beachhead on the island of Someri, Finland, while Finnish and German vessels sank four Soviet torpedo boats off the coast. At about noon time, after suffering 126 deaths, the remaining 149 Soviet troops surrendered. ww2dbase [Someri | CPC]
  • Lieutenant General Junjiro Ihara was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Thresher sank Japanese torpedo recovery vessel Shinsho Maru off Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Thresher | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Italian submarine Perla attacked British corvette HMS Hyacinth with torpedoes off Beirut, Lebanon. After all torpedoes missed, Hyacinth counterattacked with depth charges, forcing Perla to dive, but mechanical failures forced the submarine to surface and become captured. Perla would later be pressed into British and then Greek service. ww2dbase [Perla | CPC]
United States
  • Survivors of German submarine U-701, sunk by a US Hudson aircraft two days prior off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States, were rescued by a US Navy flying boat; they were delivered to the naval hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia, United States for treatment. In the North Atlantic, U-172 sank US ship Santa Rita at 1624 hours; 4 were killed, 59 survived. In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Florida, United States and Morocco, U-66 sank Yugoslavian ship Triglav at 2042 hours; 24 were killed, 19 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | Portsmouth, Virginia | CPC]
  • The US Navy issued an order for the future submarine Spot. ww2dbase [Spot | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jul 1942
Canadian Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Percy Nelles inspecting a Japanese shell recovered from the Estevan Point lighthouse shelling attack of 20 Jun 1942 by Japanese submarine I-26.

9 Jul 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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