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Kapitän 03-12-22 04:42 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Wednesday, 11 March 1942 - Lorient

Allied convoy QP-8 arrives at Reykjavík, Iceland.

German submarine U-565 (Oblt. Johann Jebsen) sinks the British cruiser HMS Naiad, 30 miles north of Sidi Barrani, Egypt at 2000 hours; 82 are killed, 582 survivors.

USS Hornet (Yorktown-class), USS Nashville, and their escorts transit the Panama Canal and enter the Pacific Ocean.

Japanese troops land on Mindanao, the southern-most of the Philippine Islands.
Douglas MacArthur, his family, and a small staff depart Corregidor by PT boats; General Jonathan Wainwright remains as commanding officer of US and Filipino forces in the Philippine Islands.


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Thursday, 12 March 1942 - Lorient

Allied convoy PQ-12 arrives at Murmansk, Russia.

Tirpitz arrives at Drontheim, Norway.

British authorities evacuate the Andaman Islands.

On Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, Japanese troops land at Sabang, Koetaradja, Idi and Laboehanroekoe. They capture the airfield at Medan in the morning.

British General Sitwell, Australian Brigadier Blackburn, and US Colonel Searle formally surrender to Japanese General Maruyama at Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies.

Troops of US Americal Division occupy the French colony of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, where a major base at Nouméa is planned to be built in the near future.

In the United States, The Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Evacuee Property Department is established in response to President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. The branch is to assist Japanese-Americans in disposing property holdings and to protect against fraud, forced sales, and unscrupulous creditors.

Kapitän 03-13-22 10:59 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Thursday, 12 March 1942 - Lorient

Allied convoy PQ-12 arrives at Murmansk, Russia.

Tirpitz arrives at Drontheim, Norway.

British authorities evacuate the Andaman Islands.

On Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, Japanese troops land at Sabang, Koetaradja, Idi and Laboehanroekoe. They capture the airfield at Medan in the morning.

British General Sitwell, Australian Brigadier Blackburn, and US Colonel Searle formally surrender to Japanese General Maruyama at Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies.

Troops of US Americal Division occupy the French colony of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, where a major base at Nouméa is planned to be built in the near future.

In the United States, The Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Evacuee Property Department is established in response to President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. The branch is to assist Japanese-Americans in disposing property holdings and to protect against fraud, forced sales, and unscrupulous creditors.


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Friday, 13 March 1942 - Lorient

Stephen Beattie is made the commanding officer of destroyer HMS Campbeltown.

Overnight, 135 RAF bombers attack Köln, Germany, killing 62 and wounding 84.

A major Soviet attack is launched out of the Kerch Peninsula in Russia, in an attempt to relieve the besieged city of Sevastopol on the Crimea.

Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, flying in a submarine-based (submarine I-25) E14Y aircraft, conducts a photographic reconnaissance mission over Auckland, New Zealand.

Kapitän 03-14-22 05:13 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Friday, 13 March 1942 - Lorient

Stephen Beattie is made the commanding officer of destroyer HMS Campbeltown.

Overnight, 135 RAF bombers attack Köln, Germany, killing 62 and wounding 84.

A major Soviet attack is launched out of the Kerch Peninsula in Russia, in an attempt to relieve the besieged city of Sevastopol on the Crimea.

Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, flying in a submarine-based (submarine I-25) E14Y aircraft, conducts a photographic reconnaissance mission over Auckland, New Zealand.


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Saturday, 14 March 1942 - Lorient

Adolf Hitler orders the German naval and air forces to focus on hitting the Allied Arctic convoys.

B.d.U. Karl Dönitz is promoted to Admiral (3.).

Douglas MacArthur arrives at Del Monte Airfield in Bukidnon province, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.

Kapitän 03-15-22 05:39 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Saturday, 14 March 1942 - Lorient

Adolf Hitler orders the German naval and air forces to focus on hitting the Allied Arctic convoys.

B.d.U. Karl Dönitz is promoted to Admiral (3.).

Douglas MacArthur arrives at Del Monte Airfield in Bukidnon province, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.


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Sunday, 15 March 1942 - Lorient

Adolf Hitler predicts a victory over the Soviet Union by the end of the summer.

US Army General MacArthur departs the Philippine Islands by B-17 bomber for Australia.

Kapitän 03-16-22 04:17 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Sunday, 15 March 1942 - Lorient

Adolf Hitler predicts a victory over the Soviet Union by the end of the summer.

US Army General MacArthur departs the Philippine Islands by B-17 bomber for Australia.


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Monday, 16 March 1942 - Lorient

Soviet ambassador in London, expresses wish for a second front in Europe.

HMS Begonia is loaned to the US Navy and is renamed USS Impulse.

Japanese aircraft raid Darwin, Australia.

2 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers (Lieutenant Frank Bostrom and Captain Bill Lewis) fly from Batchelor Field, Darwin, Australia to Mindanao, Philippine Islands to pick up Douglas MacArthur.

USS Permit arrives at Corregidor in the Philippine Islands, delivering ammunition and evacuating 46 radio intelligence personnel and cryptanalysts, from the US Navy Station CAST facility.

Kapitän 03-17-22 04:35 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Monday, 16 March 1942 - Lorient

Soviet ambassador in London, expresses wish for a second front in Europe.

HMS Begonia is loaned to the US Navy and is renamed USS Impulse.

Japanese aircraft raid Darwin, Australia.

2 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers (Lieutenant Frank Bostrom and Captain Bill Lewis) fly from Batchelor Field, Darwin, Australia to Mindanao, Philippine Islands to pick up Douglas MacArthur.

USS Permit arrives at Corregidor in the Philippine Islands, delivering ammunition and evacuating 46 radio intelligence personnel and cryptanalysts, from the US Navy Station CAST facility.

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Tuesday, 17 March 1942 - Lorient

Britain introduces rationing of fuels and electricity.

Hugh Dalton MP, President of the Board of Trade, announces a 25% cut in the British clothes ration.

The first 3 American Kittyhawk squadrons begin operations in Australia.

Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia.

Kapitän 03-18-22 09:58 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Tuesday, 17 March 1942 - Lorient

Britain introduces rationing of fuels and electricity.

Hugh Dalton MP, President of the Board of Trade, announces a 25% cut in the British clothes ration.

The first 3 American Kittyhawk squadrons begin operations in Australia.

Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia.


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Wednesday, 18 March 1942 - Lorient

The first A4 rocket explodes on Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany, during a combustion chamber test.

Louis Mountbatten is appointed as the British Chief of Combined Operations.

Douglas MacArthur officially accepts the position of the Supreme Commander of Southwest Pacific Area, while still aboard a train traveling for Melbourne, Australia.

US President Franklin Roosevelt signs an Executive Order for the establishment of the War Relocation Authority, which will lead to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.

Kapitän 03-19-22 09:13 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Wednesday, 18 March 1942 - Lorient

The first A4 rocket explodes on Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany, during a combustion chamber test.

Louis Mountbatten is appointed as the British Chief of Combined Operations.

Douglas MacArthur officially accepts the position of the Supreme Commander of Southwest Pacific Area, while still aboard a train traveling for Melbourne, Australia.

US President Franklin Roosevelt signs an Executive Order for the establishment of the War Relocation Authority, which will lead to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.


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Thursday, 19 March 1942 - Lorient

German Armeegruppe Nord cuts off General Vlasov's Soviet 2nd Shock Army in a salient on the Volkhov River near Novgorod, 50 miles southeast of Leningrad, Russia.

Operations Munich and Bamberg are launched against Soviet partisans, though a tactical success, they will turn out to be counter-productive, encouraging more civilians to join the partisans.

British censorship on caricatures, obituaries, and football scores, lead to widespread complaint; Home Secretary Morrison threatens Daily Mirror with shut down order, unless the newspaper obeys the censorship laws.

Japanese troops capture Pyu, Burma, and Japanese bombers attack Port Moresby, Australian Papua.

At Bataan Peninsula at Luzon, Philippine Islands, US and Filipino troops are put on quarter rations (1000 calories), as the food supplies dwindle. The supply of quinine, a medicine for malaria, has also depleted.

Kapitän 03-20-22 10:30 AM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Thursday, 19 March 1942 - Lorient

German Armeegruppe Nord cuts off General Vlasov's Soviet 2nd Shock Army in a salient on the Volkhov River near Novgorod, 50 miles southeast of Leningrad, Russia.

Operations Munich and Bamberg are launched against Soviet partisans, though a tactical success, they will turn out to be counter-productive, encouraging more civilians to join the partisans.

British censorship on caricatures, obituaries, and football scores, lead to widespread complaint; Home Secretary Morrison threatens Daily Mirror with shut down order, unless the newspaper obeys the censorship laws.

Japanese troops capture Pyu, Burma, and Japanese bombers attack Port Moresby, Australian Papua.

At Bataan Peninsula at Luzon, Philippine Islands, US and Filipino troops are put on quarter rations (1000 calories), as the food supplies dwindle. The supply of quinine, a medicine for malaria, has also depleted.


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Friday, 20 March 1942 - Lorient

German armed merchant cruiser Michel departs La Pallice, for the South Atlantic.

Soviet Army's Kerch offensive in Russia is defeated with heavy losses. To the west, the German counter attack at Sevastopol fails, resulting in the loss of the 22nd Division.

Major General Brian Horrocks assumes command of the British 9th Armoured Division in place of Major General Brocas Burrows who has been moved to command of the 11th Armoured Division.

Allies in Libya attack Benghazi and Derna, diverting attention from an important convoy for Malta.

Douglas MacArthur gives the "I came through and I shall return" speech at Terowie, South Australia, while transferring trains.

The US Navy sets up a new radio intelligence station at Melbourne, Australia; many of the staff members of this new station were recently evacuated from station CAST at Corregidor, Philippine Islands.

The United States and New Zealand complete discussions which concluded that the US would be responsible for defending the Samoan islands.

Kapt Z 03-20-22 03:25 PM

U-45 type VIIB
 
Kptlt. Kurt Huter, KC(OL/SW)
7 patrols
01AUG39-12NOV40
34 merchant vessels sunk
5 warships sunk
2 aux cruisers, HMS Derbyshire, Mooltan
2 cruisers, HMS Sheffield, Bonaventure
1 battleship, HMS Ramillies
Total tonnage 269,748

Oblt. Paul Lieb
1 patrol(at sea during patrol 2)
01DEC40-
6 merchant vessels sunk
Current tonnage 36,692

pikke 03-21-22 03:18 AM

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April 26, 1940 Kiel
2217 U48 and her crew are ready to leave Kiel once again. Been ready for a while now...our departure was planned for the morning but order came in to delay it and await for new directives.
An hour ago a military truck unloaded a small group of soldiers with a couple of crates and sealed orders: we have to transport them and their cargo up north toward the Norwegian coast. We will later receive further instructions.
Seems like we have been drawn into some shady businness.
I've already ordered the crew not to question our guests nor to voice out their opinions or suspicions about what's going on.
All is ready now, a light drizzle is soaking us and reducing visibility so we must pay attention on our way out to avoid collisions.
Let's roll.

April 27, 1940
0612 Incoming message from BdU. Commander eyes only. Coordinates. A frequence. A keyword. And the order to share this with our guests commander.

0625 U48 is going flat out. Visibility is not that much so we are on alert but should also help to keep us hidden from any unwelcome attention. Sea state is worsening. This is going to be a rollercoaster.

2225 U48 is now close to Laeso Island and our guests leader is using the radio. Weather improved a bit but wind is still strong and the waves made it an horrible run. At least there is better visibility. He is coming out...

April 28, 1940
0620 U48 is now approaching Koster Islands. We shall meet with a ship and transfer our guests and their cargo. Should be able to spot them any moment now.

0632 Lookout spots a small vessel approaching from the East...let's check...some kind of torpedo boat...our guest confirms it's what we are waiting for...they spotted us...signalling...let's get things moving. With these waves it will be fun...

0847 It's been a nightmare but it's over now.
Sailor Trotha was almost swept off the boat but managed to grab the railings.
He got some bruises and a swollen ankle, he should be ok in a couple of days.
One of the crates almost fell off the boat and sailor Dobber was caught between it and the hull. He got a slight concussion and some deep nasty scratches on his chest and forearms.
Bootsman Altmeier checked on him too and he say it's nothing to worry about, but Dobber should rest for a couple of days.
Torpedo boat is moving away and we can now resume our original mission: 24 hours long patrol in grid area AF59. It will take a while to get there.
We also need to perform some manteinance on our diesels since we pushed them to get here quickly enough.
But first we need a break from the constant slapping of the waves and some rest.


April 29, 1940

0458 Storm still raging. Sea conditions are horrible. Most of the crew has been suffering from seasickness. We have to dive quite often. This is slowing us down but we risked capsizing at least twice. Cannot go on forever.

1755 Storm relented a bit. Wind dropped to 9 knots and sea condition are somewhat better. Once in a while the Sun shines on us. Much better.


April 30, 1940

1122 Stormy weather once again. We are not very lucky.

May 1, 1940

0642 It's raining so hard it's difficult to breath. I cannot see anything. A whole fleet of carriers could pass few feet ahead of us and we will not see them.

1501 I believe this storm is over...or I hope so. Wind still blowing but no more rain, clouds are thinning. Waves are still an issue though.

1934 No wind nor waves. Sea is silk smooth...but empty. Waves managed to do some small damage to both guns. Crew already working on them. We are going to reach our patrol area later than I planned but sea conditions wouldn't allow anything more. Will try to gain back some time from now on.


May 2, 1940

0702 Ship spotted! NW of us...she is coming our way...

0719 Some kind of small merchant...possibly a Tramp Steamer. Her course is 152, speed 8 knots. Deck gun will be our main option here.

0731 A Tramp Steamer indeed...but one of ours! We will keep out of sight and resume our plotted course.

1902 We should reach our patrol area by tomorrow, most likely in the afternoon. No contact to report.

May 3, 1940 AF58
1422 We got here at last. Will patrol this area for 24 hours. Weather is gloomy but sea state is not bad. Wind 8 m/s. Visibility quite poor.

pikke 03-22-22 03:06 AM

May 4, 1940 AF58

1612 Patrol complete. No contacts. Sea 5 Wind 6, poor visibility.

1812 BdU extended our patrol time in the area. U48 will spend the next 24 hours here. Hope to find something to hunt.



May 5, 1940 AF58

2003 Patrol completed once again. No contacts. Weather is changing for the worst, thunders are rumbling above us and once in a while a lightnining strikes the waves. Visibility quite poor.

2255 Seem like our radio is not working properly. We are not even sure if our radio messages are being sent. Will dive to perform a proper check, waves are getting in the way.



May 6, 1940 AF58

0202 Crew still working on the radio but there seem to be nothing wrong so far, yet even VLF circuit is silent. Still no contact to report..

0933 U48 is on the surface again. Radio is now working fine but we don't know why. Perhaps it's related to weather conditions? There are no more lightnings now...Anyway, we will now patrol along the coast toward area AF38. Perhaps we will find targets there...


May 7, 1940 AF38

0612 Nothing but rain and fog. Sea 3 wind 2. Visibility very poor. I believe sonar is the only chance to find anything.


May 8, 1940 AF38

1052 U48 is now leaving this area and heading back toward AF58. Clouds seem to be thinning and there is more light. No more rain. I hope it improves enough to take a midday latitude to get a proper navigation fix.

1402 Weather grew worse and we could not get the latitude. Light drizzle is soaking us. No wind. Poor visibility.

pikke 03-24-22 02:52 AM

May 9, 1940 AF58

1502 The Sun, at last! Difference between dead reckoning and actual position 12 km. Wind 5 sea 5.


May 10, 1940 AF58

0202 Sound contact! At last! WSW of us, possibly on a ESE course, quite faint. Let's move to intercept.

0300 Heavy clouds on the horizon. Not another storm! We did not manage to spot our quarry so far. Will dive to sweep the area with sonar.

0334 Storm is upon us. Heavy rain visible straight ahead. Our quarry just vanished right under that mess. It's some kind of small coastal vessel, likely a small trawler or a fishing boat. Not worth it. We are not lucky.

0358 Waves grew quickly and visibility...disappeared. We will dive to check our surroundings with sonar.


May 11, 1940 AF58

0644 Still nothing to report but bad weather. Will now slowly make our way toward Bergen area.

1145 Engine room reports clutch growing hot. Diving to check.

1434 Cooling sistem water filter plugged by sand and vegetal debris. We will stay submerged and check them all.

1720 All filters checked and cleaned. On the surface now. Everything seems to be working properly now.

Kapitän 03-26-22 12:55 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Friday, 20 March 1942 - Lorient

German armed merchant cruiser Michel departs La Pallice, for the South Atlantic.

Soviet Army's Kerch offensive in Russia is defeated with heavy losses. To the west, the German counter attack at Sevastopol fails, resulting in the loss of the 22nd Division.

Major General Brian Horrocks assumes command of the British 9th Armoured Division in place of Major General Brocas Burrows who has been moved to command of the 11th Armoured Division.

Allies in Libya attack Benghazi and Derna, diverting attention from an important convoy for Malta.

Douglas MacArthur gives the "I came through and I shall return" speech at Terowie, South Australia, while transferring trains.

The US Navy sets up a new radio intelligence station at Melbourne, Australia; many of the staff members of this new station were recently evacuated from station CAST at Corregidor, Philippine Islands.

The United States and New Zealand complete discussions which concluded that the US would be responsible for defending the Samoan islands.


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Saturday, 21 March 1942 - Lorient

Germany introduces harsh laws against unnecessary rail travel.

The United Kingdom discusses plans for Indian independence after the war.

Italian submarines Onice and Platino spot British convoy MW10, which had departed from Alexandria, Egypt, off the Libyan coast. A force consisting of battleship Littorio, 3 cruisers, and 10 destroyers depart from Taranto on mainland Italy and Messina on the island of Sicily to intercept; British submarine P36 spots this Italian response.

US Army General MacArthur arrives at Kooringa, Australia by train and discoveres there would be no army waiting for him to reinforce the Philippine Islands.


Sunday, 22 March 1942 - Lorient

German Abwehr agent Paul Thümmel is arrested by the SS on recent findings that he was actually a British agent; Wilhelm Canaris requests Thümmel's release, claiming that he is actually a double agent working for him.

German troops outside the Demyansk Pocket attack Soviet 11th Army and 1st Shock Army at Staraya Russa, Russia, supporting the breakout attempt from the pocket launched on the previous day.

Italian battleship Littorio, 3 cruisers, and 10 destroyers successfully intercept Allied convoy MW10 in the Gulf of Sirte between Libya and Malta at 1430 hours, but they are fended off by the smaller British escort force of 4 cruisers and 17 destroyers. As the Second Battle of Sirte ends at 1900 hours, 3 British cruisers and 6 destroyers were damaged (39 killed), while the Italian battleship Littorio is also damaged. After the two forces disengage, Italian destroyers Lanciere and Scirocco are sunk by a storm, killing 201 and 189, respectively.


Monday, 23 March 1942 - Lorient

Hitler orders a build up of defenses in coastal areas.

German aircraft sink British transport Clan Campbell and damaged transport Breconshire of Allied convoy MW10. The remaining two transports, Pampas and Talabot, reach Malta by the end of the day.

Kapitän 03-26-22 01:45 PM

U 113 (IXC) - 4th War Patrol - Ship Yard Maintenance & Crew Leave Period
 
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Saturday, 21 March 1942 - Lorient

Germany introduces harsh laws against unnecessary rail travel.

The United Kingdom discusses plans for Indian independence after the war.

Italian submarines Onice and Platino spot British convoy MW10, which had departed from Alexandria, Egypt, off the Libyan coast. A force consisting of battleship Littorio, 3 cruisers, and 10 destroyers depart from Taranto on mainland Italy and Messina on the island of Sicily to intercept; British submarine P36 spots this Italian response.

US Army General MacArthur arrives at Kooringa, Australia by train and discoveres there would be no army waiting for him to reinforce the Philippine Islands.


Sunday, 22 March 1942 - Lorient

German Abwehr agent Paul Thümmel is arrested by the SS on recent findings that he was actually a British agent; Wilhelm Canaris requests Thümmel's release, claiming that he is actually a double agent working for him.

German troops outside the Demyansk Pocket attack Soviet 11th Army and 1st Shock Army at Staraya Russa, Russia, supporting the breakout attempt from the pocket launched on the previous day.

Italian battleship Littorio, 3 cruisers, and 10 destroyers successfully intercept Allied convoy MW10 in the Gulf of Sirte between Libya and Malta at 1430 hours, but they are fended off by the smaller British escort force of 4 cruisers and 17 destroyers. As the Second Battle of Sirte ends at 1900 hours, 3 British cruisers and 6 destroyers were damaged (39 killed), while the Italian battleship Littorio is also damaged. After the two forces disengage, Italian destroyers Lanciere and Scirocco are sunk by a storm, killing 201 and 189, respectively.


Monday, 23 March 1942 - Lorient

Hitler orders a build up of defenses in coastal areas.

German aircraft sink British transport Clan Campbell and damaged transport Breconshire of Allied convoy MW10. The remaining two transports, Pampas and Talabot, reach Malta by the end of the day.


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Tuesday, 24 March 1942 - Lorient

The British House of Commons begins a two-day debate on the conduct of the war in Germany; bombing of German cities is to be a focal point.

18 RAF Boston light bombers attack targets in northern France, targeting power stations, rail marshaling yards, and other targets of military importance.

German bombers attack Malta, damaging British destroyer HMS Legion with near misses.

Japanese Navy aircraft begin daily bombings of Corregidor in the Philippine Islands.

Admiral Chester Nimitz is appointed the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Theater.


Wednesday, 25 March 1942 - Lorient

254 RAF Bomber Command aircraft (192 Wellington, 26 Stirling, 20 Manchester, 9 Hampden, and 7 Lancaster aircraft) attack Krupp iron works and factories at Essen, Germany; 5 civilians are killed, 11 are wounded. The British lose 5 Manchester, 3 Wellington, and 1 Hampden aircraft.

The main Japanese offensive against Taungoo, Burma begins at 0800 hours, striking northern, western, and southern sides of the city nearly simultaneously. Fierce house-to-house fighting will continue through the night.


Thursday, 26 March 1942 - Lorient

3 British destroyers and 16 smaller vessels depart Falmouth, England, United Kingdom with commandos aboard at 1400 hours for the drydock at Saint-Nazaire, France.

French politician Pierre Laval warns Chief of State Philippe Pétain that it is important to cooperate with the Germans to avoid Berlin from appointing a Nazi Party Gauleiter for Vichy France.

Winston Churchill tells politicians of the rival Conservative Party 'It now seems very likely that we and our allies cannot lose this war, except through our own fault'.

British bombers (104 Wellington and 11 Stirling) attack Essen, Germany, destroying two homes and killing six civilians; 11 bombers are lost in this attack. During this night and into the first hours of the next day, Major Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld of the Night Fighter Wing, shoots down four British bombers in his Me110, increasing his victories to 21.

British destroyer HMS Legion (G 74), already damaged from an air raid two days prior, is hit again and brakes in two at her moorings at Valetta Grand Harbour, Malta; both halves of the ship are re-floated but declared a loss and are towed out of the harbour to deep water and scuttled; 11 are killed in this attack. The 5,415-ton British motor vessel Pampas is hit by multiple bombs in the air raid and sinks at her moorings. The empty freighter Talabot is sunk as well. British submarine HMS P39 sitting alongside a jetty in Grand Harbour when German aircraft launch the attack; the submarine is seriously damaged and while she does not sink, due to the efforts of the crew, it is decided that she is too badly damaged to be worth repairing; she is towed to Kalkara and beached.

Admiral Sir James Somerville, who had commanded the force that had sunk the Bismark in the previous year, takes commanded of the British Eastern Fleet, hoisting his flag in the battleship HMS Warspite at Trincomalee, Ceylon.

Japanese aircraft bomb Corregidor, Philippine Islands, knocking out power for freezers containing 24,000 pounds of carabao meat.


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