3 Aug 1942
  • USS Gudgeon sank Japanese passenger/cargo ship Naniwa Maru 80 miles west of Truk, Caroline Islands at 0400 hours; 31 were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Tucker struck a friendly mine near Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides at 2145 hours; 6 were killed, 152 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-552 detected Allied convoy ON-115 330 miles east of St. John's, Newfoundland, and submarines U-71, U-217, U-597, U-553, and U-704 moved in to attack in coordination; ships of the convoy became disarrayed as the convoy attempted to change course to evade the attack; U-552 sank British ship Lochkatrine (9 were killed, 81 survived) and damaged British tanker G. S. Walden (1 was killed) at 0305 hours; at 0401 hours, U-553 damaged Belgian ship Belgian Soldier. Further out in the North Atlantic, U-605 sank British trawler Bombay 190 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Iceland at 1654 hours, killing all 13 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Saracen sank German submarine U-335 300 kilometers northwest of Bergen, Norway at 2130 hours (43 were killed, 1 survived and captured by Saracen); 6 torpedoes were expended on this attack. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-175 damaged Australian trawler Dureenbee with her deck gun and machine gun 20 miles off Moruya, Australia; 3 were killed and 9 survivors abandoned the burning wreck. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • George Brett was awarded the Silver Star medal by Douglas MacArthur in Australia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Saburo Sakai, along with the others of Japanese Navy Tainan Air Group, was relocated to Rabaul, New Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • The Japanese discovered that a new US airfield was being built on the coast of Milne Bay in Australian Papua. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first training course, an artillery class, began at Ramgarh Training Center, India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 1st Panzer Army captured Stavropol in southern Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian torpedo boats raided Sevastopol, Russia, damaging Soviet destroyer Kharkov. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A German Do 217 medium bomber attacked Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom at 1308 hours, damaging the railway station, killing 8 civilians, and wounding 56. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • US Marine Corps Major General Clayton Vogel was made the commanding general of the Fleet Marine Force, San Diego Area in the US Navy 11th Naval District in southwestern United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 3 Aug 1942
Quincy at New Caledonia, 3 Aug 1942, photo taken from carrier WaspHMS Indomitable and HMS Eagle sailing behind HMS Victorious, 3-10 Aug 1942; note Hurricane and Albacore aircraft on VictoriousHMS Formidable underway, 3 Aug 1942USS San Juan probably at Nouméa, New Caledonia, 3 Aug 1942; photograph taken from USS Wasp
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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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