24 Jul 1941
  • USS Astoria departed San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Edinburgh arrived at Malta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Corps established a Marine Detachment under the 1st Defense Battalion at Johnston Island. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The RAF submitted a report for the week ending 24 Jul 1941. Coastal Command flew 252 patrols (364 sorties) and escorted 94 convoys (264 sorties). Fighter Command flew 704 shipping protection patrols (1,476 sorties). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Free France, distrustful of British command of its troops in the Middle East, took back control effective at 1200 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • James Lacey engaged two German Bf 109 fighters and claimed kills on both of them after the two German aircraft collided in mid-air during the dogfight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 68 Dutch officers arrived at the Oflag IV-C camp at Colditz Castle in Germany; they were the first Dutch prisoners at this prisoners of war camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

24 Jul 1941 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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