28 Jul 1942
  • The construction of the American fighter strip at Espiritu Santo was completed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American PBY Catalina aircraft bombed Tulagi. ww2dbase [Guadalcanal Campaign | CPC]
  • The American airfield at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides became operational. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Soviet North Caucasus Front was formed under Marshal Semyon Budyonny to counter the German advance into the Caucasus region of southern Russia. ww2dbase [Caucasus Campaign | CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin issued Order No. 227, ordering "Ni Shagu Nazad!" ("Not a step back!"). Unit commanders were told to form special units to enforce this order by detaining or executing violators. In parallel, penal battalions (shtrafnye batal'ony) were established for officers detained for violating this order; officers running these battalions would soon gain the authority to execute members for any reason. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-175 sank French ship Cagou in the Coral Sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-66 sank British ship Weirbank 130 miles east of Tobago at 0040 hours; 1 was killed, 66 survived. At 0715 hours, U-115 sank Brazilian ship Barbacena 350 miles east of Tobago; 6 were killed, 56 survived. At 0800 hours, U-754 sank US fishing boat Ebb with her deck gun 60 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 5 were killed, 12 survived. At 2230 hours, U-155 struck again, sinking Brazilian tanker Piave 350 miles east of Tobago; 1 was killed, 34 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • The survivors of civilian ship Honolulan, which was sunk by German submarine U-582 six days prior, were rescued up by British merchant ship Winchester Castle south of Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Morisini reported her position and supply status while at sea in the Atlantic Ocean at 0900 hours. She was ordered to patrol the route between North America and Freetown, Sierra Leone, British West Africa. ww2dbase [Morosini | CPC]
Australia Fiji French Indochina Germany
  • Heinrich Himmler received a report from the railroad industry that, since 22 Jul 1942, 5,000 Jews arrived from Warsaw, Poland each day for each of Treblinka Concentration Camp and 5,000 Jews arrived from Przemysl each week for Belzec Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • 256 British bombers (161 Wellington, 71 Stirling, and 24 Whitley) were launched to attack Hamburg, Germany, but bad weather forced most of them to turn back before reaching the city; the 68 aircraft that reached Hamburg killed 13 and wounded 48 at the cost of about 30 bombers shot down. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Hamburg | CPC]
  • Max Merten was transferred to the Recruitment and Discharge Office for Military Administration Personnel at Marburg in central Germany. ww2dbase [Max Merten | Marburg, Hessen-Nassau | CPC]
Hawaii Poland Photo(s) dated 28 Jul 1942
Aerial view of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, US Territory of Hawaii, 28 Jul 1942Aerial view of drydocks at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 28 Jul 1942. By this time the drydock facilities had doubled since the air attack. Note that, unlike in 1941, the drydocks are protected with anti-torpedo booms.Admiral Ernest King, Chief of Naval Operations; Admiral William Leahy, Chief of Staff to the President; and General George Marshall, Army Chief of Staff at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 28 Jul 1942.

28 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

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Search WW2DB
Famous WW2 Quote
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Winston Churchill, on the RAF

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!