13 Jul 1942
  • Cruiser Köln departed Oslo, Norway for northern Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Seadragon sank Japanese transport Shinyo Maru off Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Landsdowne sank German submarine U-153 in the Caribbean Sea 50 kilometers northwest of the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal; all 52 aboard were killed. 20 miles north of Cárdenas, Cuba, German submarine U-84 sank US ship Andrew Jackson; 3 were killed, 46 survived. 2 miles east of Cuba, U-166 sank US ship Oneida; 6 were killed, 23 survived. 80 miles south of Mississippi, United States, U-67 sank US tanker R. W. Gallagher; 10 were killed, 42 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Field Marshal Fedor von Bock, commanding officer of German Army Group South, was fired from his command by Wilhelm Keitel for moving two Panzer divisions to assist the embattled 9th Panzer without Hitler's direct authority. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • German submarine U-255 sank the already wrecked Dutch ship Paulus Potter of Allied convoy PQ-17 in the Barents Sea after concluding that the ship was beyond repair. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-201 sank British ship Sithonia of Allied convoy OS-33 490 miles west of Canary Islands; 7 were killed, 21 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Kapitänleutnant Hans-Dieter Heinicke of U-576 sent a radio message back to base, noting that his submarine sustained light damage and would soon head back to Saint-Nazaire, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tanks of German 21st Panzer Division attacked Allied troops in the Tel el Eisa ridge region near El Alamein, Egypt and at a nearby South African position, driving Australian troops out of Point 24 at a heavy cost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 194 British bombers (139 Wellington, 33 Halifax, 13 Lancaster, and 9 Stirling aircraft) attacked Duisburg, Germany, destroying 11 houses and killing 17 without causing damage to the intended industrial targets; 6 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 12 Italian frogmen swam 5 kilometers from Algeciras, Spain to Gibraltar and planted limpet mines on British merchant ships; the resulting explosions would sink the ships Meta, Shuma, and Baron Dougla and would damage the ship Empire Snipe. ww2dbase [CPC]

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

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