11 Aug 1942
  • German submarine U-73 sank British carrier HMS Eagle 130 kilometers south of Cape Salinas on the Spanish island of Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea; 131 were killed, 929 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Mediterranean Sea, British aircraft carrier HMS Furious launched 37 Spitfire fighters to Malta and then reversed course for Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German 250th Infantry Division, consisted of Spanish volunteers, was redeployed on the Volkhov River near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Marine Observation Squadron 251 was set up at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides with 16 F4F-3 Wildcat fighters modified for long-range photographic missions. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Finback conducted a survey mission in Tanaga Bay, Tanaga, US Territory of Alaska. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • At 1913 hours, German submarine U-109 sank British tanker Vimeira in the Atlantic Ocean; 17 were killed, 37 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 7,455-ton steam tanker Mirlo, Norwegian owned but sailing under British Admiralty service since 1940, was heading for Freetown, Sierra Leone from Port of Spain, Trinidad with a full cargo of 10,000 tons of fuel oil and diesel. At 1427 hours, about 870 miles west-southwest of Freetown, the tanker was struck by one of two torpedoes fired from German submarine U-130 (Korvettenkapitän Ernst Kals). The crew took to three lifeboats and Kals brought the submarine alongside them, taking the Master, Olav Reinertsen, on board. Reinertsen asked Kals if he could return to the tanker to find one of the crew who was still missing and probably injured. This was allowed and Able Seaman Sverre Gustavsen was then taken aboard the submarine where he was treated. Kals apologized for having to sink Mirlo, saw to it that he had the bandages and everything else he needed to treat the injured man and said he would send a telegram to the Admiralty with their position so that they could be rescued. Kals already had two prisoners from SS Malmanger on the boat at that time. Another torpedo was sent into Mirlo and she disappeared in seconds in a huge explosion of oil and flames, which for a while threatened the people in one of the boats. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, HM]
British Western Pacific Territories
  • US Marines, using captured Japanese bulldozer and various equipment, continued the construction of Lunga Point Airfield on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Vojtech Tuka ordered the deportation of Slovakian Jews to German-occupied Poland to halt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 154 British bombers (68 Wellington, 33 Lancaster, 28 Stirling, and 25 Halifax) attacked Mainz, Germany, killing 162 and destroying many buildings in the city center; 6 bombers were lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan Mediterranean Sea
  • The first Axis air attacks from Sardinia, Italy, against the Pedestal convoy to Malta were beaten off. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wolverine rammed and sank the Italian submarine Dagabur as she attempted to torpedo the aircraft carrier HMS Furious, which was returning to Gibraltar. ww2dbase [AC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Haddock fired a torpedo at a trawler in the Pacific Ocean northwest of the Bonin Islands; the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Submarine S-7 arrived at Moshchny Island near Leningrad, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German 6th Army captured Kalach in southern Russia and linked up with German 4th Panzer Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Several Soviet ships were scuttled at Novorossiysk, Russia to prevent capture. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Queen Wilhelmina departed the United States. ww2dbase [Main Article]
Photo(s) dated 11 Aug 1942
HMS Eagle listing in the Mediterranean Sea, 11 Aug 1942HMS Rodney (left), HMS Manchester (right), and other ships of the Operation Pedestal convoy under air attack while sailing for Malta, 11 Aug 1942USS Wolverine running trials off Buffalo, New York, United States, 11 Aug 1942Three Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns in the left wing of an F4U-1 Corsair fighter, Aug 11, 1942
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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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